Statutory Meeting of the International Scientific Committee of the Slave Route Project
The statutory meeting of the International Scientific Committee for the Slave Route Project: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage will be held in Port Louis (Mauritius), from 27 to 29 November 2017. This meeting is co-organized by the Ministry of Arts and Culture of the Mauritius Government in close cooperation with the Slave Route project.
The meeting of the Committee is taking place for the first time in the Indian Ocean. On this occasion, a Conference on "The Contemporary Challenges of Slavery: Legacy, Memory and Identity" will also be held on 29 November 2017 at the University of Mauritius, Reduit.
The role of this advisory body is to advise UNESCO on the implementation of the project, in particular with regard to the development of educational material and programmes, research into various aspects of the slave trade and slavery and the formation of new partnerships to promote its objectives. It now has 20 members appointed by the Director-General.
The Committee comprises several prominent personalities: Ms Aurelia Martin Casares (Spain) Professor of Historic Anthropology at the University of Granada; Ms Ana Lucia Araujo (Brazil) Professor of History at Howard University (Washington DC); Mr Gerardo Maloney (Panama) distinguished sociologist, writer and Professor of Sociology, Humanities Faculty, University of Panama; Ms Sonjah Stanley Niaah (Jamaica) Senior lecturer at the University of the West Indies at Mona, and Director of the Reggae Studies Unit of the Institute of Caribbean Studies; Mr Abdi M. Kusow (Somalia) Associate Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Iowa State University (USA); Mr Abubakar Babajo Sani (Nigeria) Professor of History at Department of History, Umaru Musa Yar'adua University, Katsina, Nigeria; Mr Chapurukha Kusimba (Kenya) Distinguished archaeologist and works on ancient African chiefdoms and states, urbanism in Africa, Islam in Africa, and the African Diaspora in Asia and the Americas.