Memories of Slavery and French Public Discourse

After a long marginalization in French history and culture, colonial slavery became a reference to the women, children and men who identified with those who had been enslaved in the French colonies. Since the 2001 Taubira Law which recognized slave trade and slavery as a “crime against humanity,” progress has been made in the fields of education, research and culture. Yet, it is fair to ask in which ways the struggle for recognition has been emptied of its radical promise of bringing back the idea of social justice. And to wonder where and how memories are revived to escape their instrumentalization.

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