First meeting of the International Scientific Committee for the Drafting of the Ninth Volume of the General History of Africa
In order to guide and supervise the preparation of the Ninth Volume, an International Scientific Committee was set up, in the spirit of the previous committees of the General History of Africa. This one will be based on a strong representation of experts from Africa and its Diaspora to enable the inclusion of an “insider's perspective” of the new issues Africans and People of African descent are facing today.
This International Scientific Committee, which is consisted of seventeen members from various scientific disciplines (history, philosophy, economics, sociology, gender studies, archeology, etc.) will be responsible for defining the contents of this volume, identifying potential contributors, validating the final contributions and supervising the production process.
During the 50th anniversary of the African Union held in Addis Ababa in May 2013, UNESCO organized a preparatory meeting of experts whose purpose was to identify the contemporary challenges structured not only the future of the African continent, but also to revisit productively the historiography of Diasporas. The recommendations issued from this meeting as well as the contents review of the first eight volumes of the General History of Africa will define the committee’s discussions during the first meeting in Brazil and should help to draw guidelines for the drafting of this Ninth Volume of the History.