Apr
18
Thu 6:30 PM

What does race have to do with the conflict in Mali? Histories and Memories of Slavery and Violence

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When: Thursday, April 18, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM  
Where: Room 410
Depaul University, Arts and Letters Hall,
Chicago, IL
Audience: - Faculty/Staff - Student - Public
Contact: Program of African Studies   (847) 491-7323
Group: Program of African Studies
Category: Lectures & Meetings
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Red Lion Lecture co-sponsored with the African Studies Workshop at the University of Chicago

What does race have to do with the conflict in Mali? Histories and Memories of Slavery and Violence in the West African Sahel

Bruce Hall, History, Johns Hopkins University

The on-going conflict in Mali which began in 2012 has often been explained in terms of tensions between so-called “black Africans” who make up the majority of the population of Mali, and who control the national government, and Arabo-Berbers such as the Tuareg who have participated in a series of armed rebellions against the Malian state since the end of colonial rule in 1960. Malians themselves frequently invoke this distinction in arguments about the purported racist attitudes of one group towards another, and in widely-held grievances over histories of slavery and racialized violence. This talk will attempt to unravel some of the threads of racial discourse in this part of Africa by using the lens of the contested history and memory of slavery.