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Joseph C. Miller Memorial Lecture by Denis Regnier

The legacy of slavery is a crucial social issue in some, if not all, Malagasy societies. To understand why this is the case, I argue that we need to analyze the nature and impact of the 1896 colonial abolition in Madagascar. Using as an example the case of the Betsileo, a Malagasy group inhabiting the southern central highlands, I suggest that colonial abolition has had unintended and often overlooked consequences. For most Betsileo, the abolition decree did not have the power of precolonial cleansing rituals, which were performed at the time of manumission and used to reintegrate former slaves into a network of kinsmen or, at the very least, into the wider society of ‘free’ and ‘clean’ men and women. Since these powerful rituals did not take place, the slaves who were liberated by the French could not be cleansed and reintegrated into free society.
Time
Monday, 15.11.2021 - 16:15 - 18:00
Event format
Lecture series
Topic
An incomplete emancipation: Unintended consequences of colonial abolition in Madagascar
Target groups

Students

Researchers

Languages
English
Location
Online via Zoom
Reservation
not required
Organizer
BCDSS
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