“The memory of slavery: museums and monuments as instruments of public debate on the slave past” is the theme of the next Permanent Seminar on Post-Colonial Studies to be held on March 19, at 3 pm.
The session will be attended by Ana Lúcia Araújo, from Howard University and will be broadcast via Zoom.
Based on her recent book Slavery in the Age of Memory: Engaging the Past, in this presentation Ana Lúcia Araújo explores how the memory of slavery is racialized and linked to gender issues. The author shows that calls to topple Confederate monuments and pro-slavery statues that have become more visible in recent years and especially during the summer of 2020 are more than just attempts to account for the past. Using examples of exhibitions and monuments in the United States, Britain and France, we seek to analyze how debates about the past of slavery are associated with the persistent racial inequalities, racism and white supremacy that still shape societies where slavery existed.
Ana Lúcia Araújo is a full professor of history at Howard University, a historically black institution in Washington DC, United States. Her recent books include Slavery in the Age of Memory: Engaging the Past (2020), Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History (2017), Brazil Through French Eyes: The 19th Century Artist in the Tropics (2015 ).
She is a member of the International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project. She serves on the Board of Editors of the American Historical Review (journal of the American Historical Association) and the editorial boards of Slavery and Abolition (England) and History Practices: Journal on Theory, Historiography and Uses of the Past (Portugal).
She is a member of the executive board of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD), the editorial board of the African Studies Review and the board of the Black Perspectives blog maintained by the African American Intellectual History Society.
She is currently working on two book projects: Human in Humans in Shackles: An Atlantic History of Slavery in the Americas (under contract with the University of Chicago Press) and The Gift: How Objects of Prestige Shaped the Atlantic Slave Trade and Colonialism (under contract with Cambridge University Press).
She just finished Museums and Atlantic Slavery, a short book to be published in the spring of 2021 by Routledge in the Routledge Museums in Focus series.