International Workshop on the Abolition of Slavery in Central America and Emblematic Sites of the Struggle for Freedom

When :

from Thursday 5 July, 2018
08:30
to Friday 6 July, 2018
12:30

Type of event :

Meeting by Member States or Institutions

Where :

Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzmán de El Salvador, y la Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador

Contact :

Juan Pablo Ramírez Miranda, jp.ramirez-miranda@unesco.org

The International Workshop on the Abolition of Slavery in Central America and Emblematic Sites of the Struggle for Freedom will be held on 5 and 6 July 2018, with the objective of analyzing the presence and contributions of populations of African descent in the History of Central America that have been hidden in popular memory.

At the end of the 19th century most of the intellectual elites involved in the articulation of the new states chose to recapitulate what they believed gave historical foundation to the new nations, and for this purpose they chose dates, heroes and processes that resulted in the "official" selection of what should be remembered and "forgotten".

One of the forgotten chapters was that of the contributions of Africans and Afro-Mestizos during the colonial period, particularly those who were victims of slavery. Since then, there has been little talk of it, as if a wall of silence had been erected over that past, normalizing the events that occurred and legitimizing the social exclusion that many of their descendants still experience.

Therefore, promoting spaces that recover the historical memory of Afro-descendant populations is essential for their visibility and recognition. In this way, this workshop will address different aspects of this population, such as the origin of the slave system in the region and the resistance strategies of Africans and their descendants. At the same time, the cultural and local development possibilities of sites that recall the struggles for freedom that took place during the colonial period will be visualized.

All this will make it possible, firstly, to generate a reflection to understand the nature of the inequalities in access to rights of the region's descendants and, secondly, to lay the foundations for the inclusion of the theme of the abolition of slavery in the bicentennial celebrations. This can be done through different activities, such as talks, documentaries and conferences.