- 29 November, 2017:
A one-day conference on Contemporary challenges of slavery, heritage, memory and identity, organised in the context of the statutory meeting of the International Scientific Committee of the Slave Route Project, was held this morning at the University of Mauritius (UOM) in Réduit. This initiative is a joint collaboration of the Ministry of Arts and Culture and the UOM.
The conference is organised in the wake of the meeting of the International Scientific Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Slave Route Project: Resistance, Liberty, Freedom.
The Slave Route is an intercultural project administered, coordinated and monitored by the Department of Intercultural Dialogue and Pluralism of UNESCO for a Culture of Peace to gain better understanding of the transatlantic slave trade in the 18th century in the Indian Ocean, Caribbean and the Mediterranean regions, with its causes and modalities. Members of the International Scientific Committee of the Slave Route Project and local experts attended the conference.
In his address at the opening ceremony, the Ag. Vice-Chancellor of UOM, Professor Sanjiv Sobhee, underlined that the Slave Route project has promoted reflection and intercultural dialogue regarding the history of slave trade, among the participating countries. This, he said, will undoubtedly help to better understand society and will ultimately benefit communities.
Prof Sobhee pointed out that exposure from such collaborative projects with members of the Scientific Committee and scholars from an array of disciplines will enhance the undertaking of Mauritian-based projects, adding that the UOM is committed to promote higher level researches that probe into historical experiences.
He further said that the Faculty of Humanities has been at the forefront of campaigns to advance the democratisation of Mauritian public life, to uplift the Creole language, to document and make inventories of the Mauritian heritage with the aim of achieving a higher level of understanding of the society.
Mr Sobhee announced that UOM has put in place several funding schemes to promote more research and in-depth analysis of the history.
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