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Reggae as an Instrument of the Collective Memory…

23 September 2021

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Reggae as an Instrument of the Collective Memory of Slavery

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23 Sep 2021

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02:09:35

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English
French

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AN EVENT MARKING THIS YEAR'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DURBAN DECLARATION ON RACISM
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Designated by UNESCO in 2018 as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity, reggae music from Jamaica is enjoyed around the world. This panel discussion will seek to raise awareness of the close links between reggae and not only Jamaica, but also Africa and, more specifically, the themes of slavery.  The power of reggae lies in its ability to foster a universal perception of the suffering and injustices that accompanied the transatlantic slave trade, and indeed of all forms of racial injustice. Through theoretical contributions and sound clips, the conference will show how reggae contributes to shaping and transmitting the collective memory of people of African descent around the world.  Speakers Dr Giulia Bonacci, historian and researcher, Institut de recherche pour le développement, Côte d'Azur UniversityDr Ibrahima Guissé, independent expert, United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Marc Ismail, historian, teacher, and creator of the independent Soul of Anbessa labelMathias Liengme, ethnomusicologistCarol Simpson, attorney at law and expert in intellectual property lawDr Warren Wallace, teacher, president of the Jamaica Association in Switzerland Moderation : Yann Zitouni, journalist at Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) Partners Organized by the United Nations Information Service in Geneva, with the generous support of the Musée d'ethnographie de Genève (MEG) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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