International Seminar on “New Approaches in Interpreting and Representing Slavery in Museums and Sites”

© UNESCO / Dominique Roger
The House of Slaves (Gorée Island, Senegal)

An International Seminar on “New Approaches in Interpreting and Representing Slavery in Museums and Sites” will take place in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America, from 19 to 22 March 2018.

The Seminar is organized by UNESCO's "Slave Route Project: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage", in close collaboration with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the US National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites(US/ICOMOS), the University of Virginia and the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

It will bring together scholars, museum and sites professionals, ICTs and digital multimedia technology experts and leaders of civil society organizations to exchange their experiences, identify best practices on interpreting and representing slavery from different regions of the world and define guidelines for the elaboration of a handbook on new approaches to be introduced.

This meeting is organized in the context of the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024), the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March 2018), the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (25 March 2018), and the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Join us by following the live webstream

19 March 2018 (local time - UTC/GMT -4)
9:00 AM-1:00 PM
2:30 PM-6:00 PM

20 March 2018
9:00 AM-12:15 PM
3:45 PM-5:30 PM

21 March 2018
11:00 AM-1:00 PM


Type of Event Category 8-Symposium
Start 19.03.2018 07:00 local time
End 22.03.2018 18:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Moussa Iye, Ali
Organizer UNESCO
Contact Ali Moussa iye,
Country United States of America
City Charlottesville
Street Post Office Box 217
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants
Official Website
Link 1 Programme
Link 2 Live webcast
Link 3 Note conceptuelle (en anglais)
Link 4 UNESCO's Slave Route Project