Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


African Studies Seminar: Marie Rodet on The Diambourou - Slavery and Emancipation in Kayes - Mali

22 November 2018, 12:15 pm–1:45 pm


The UCL African Studies Seminar welcomes Marie Rodet from SOAS for Film screening and Q&A with filmmaker: The Diambourou - Slavery and Emancipation in Kayes - Mali (Marie Rodet & Fanny Challier, 2014, 23 min)

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Hélène Neveu Kringelbach


IAS Seminar Room 20
First floor, South Wing, UCL
United Kingdom

This special session will feature a 23-min film screening and a discussion with filmmaker Marie Rodet, a Senior Lecturer in the History of Africa at SOAS. Marie Rodet’s expertise is in modern gender and migration history in Francophone West Africa (Mali, Senegal). Her current research is a historical analysis of emancipation strategies in the context of the end of slavery in Africa.

African slavery was officially abolished in French Sudan (present day Mali) by the colonial authorities in 1905, but effective emancipation of formerly enslaved populations was in fact a lengthy process, the repercussions of which were still felt long after Mali's independence in 1960. This documentary tells the story of those who resisted slavery by escaping their masters and founding new independent and free communities in the district of Kayes in the first half of the twentieth century. The film presents a unique audio-visual archive of slave emancipation in Mali.

Download the Autumn 2018 programme here

All welcome.

This seminar series is convened by the African Studies Research Centre/IAS: