Volume IX of the General History of Africa continues to grow


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At the invitation of the Angolan Ministry of Science and Technology, the International Scientific Committee for the elaboration of Volume IX of the General History of Africa, will hold its 4th meeting in Luanda, Angola, from 15 to 20 February 2016.

This meeting, the first to be organized in Africa, aims at determining the methodology for the validation of the contributions, examining and validating the first bunch of texts received from the authors.

The meeting will also provide an opportunity for the Members of the Committee to exchange with Angolan decision-makers, scholars, representatives of civil society on various challenges raised by the drafting of Volume IX of the General History of Africa.

The highest authorities of Angola will attend the opening session of the meeting on 15 February which will be concluded by a press conference (television, radio, press) to announce the achievements of the work of the Committee on 19 February at 5 pm.

In 1964, UNESCO launched the elaboration of the General History of Africa with a view to remedy the general ignorance on Africa’s history. The challenge consisted of reconstructing Africa’s history, freeing it from racial prejudices ensuing from slave trade and colonization, and promoting an African perspective.

Eight volumes of the General History of Africa have since been published. This project has had great impact in Africa and, beyond, within the scientific and academic circles and is considered as a major contribution to the knowledge of Africa’s history and historiography.

In 2013, UNESCO launched the development of Volume IX.