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Some Black History in Canada

Posted by lamacs On February - 21 - 2019

Women in the Promised Land: Essays in African Canadian Histoiry

Posted by lamacs On February - 8 - 2019

Women in the “Promised Land” places African Canadian women’s lived experiences, identities, and histories at the centre of Canada’s past. This collection of original research edited by leading scholars in the field encourages readers to interrogate the idea of Canada as a “Promised Land” by examining the rich and varied history of African Canadian women.

The nine chapters span the early 1830’s of slavery through to the late twentieth centuries of activism. This interdisciplinary collection draws on existing research from cultural studies, literary studies, communications, and visual culture to reframe familiar figures in African Canadian women’s history, such as feminist Mary Ann Shadd and civil rights activist Viola Desmond, in the wider African diaspora.

This invaluable text sheds light on questions of the past, present, and future in the field, and is best suited for undergraduate courses in women’s studies, African studies, sociology, and history.

“Guided by the adage ‘the half has never been told,’ the editors and contributors have combed the field of Black women’s history and have presented to us a collection that is rich and textured.… The research for this collection is remarkable, the analyses coherent, and the individual stories fundamental. Women in the ‘Promised Land’ is a welcome addition to the study of Black women’s history. The editors must be commended for having the vision to make this outstanding work come to light.”  (Afua Cooper, James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Dalhousie University)

“We have all been waiting for quite some time for this dynamic collection of new essays in African Canadian women’s history. Broaching topics such as slavery and visual culture, temperance, labour, and civic leadership, this book makes a key contribution to African Canadian history. It will surely attract a robust general audience.” (Barrington Walker, Department of History, Queen’s University_

Decentering Canadian History Studies

Posted by lamacs On July - 10 - 2015

For many Canadians, the history of African-Canadians is limited to the Underground Railroad. It’s a history that some historians are working to expand upon. Boulou Ebanda de B’Béri, professor of Communication and Cultural Studies at the University of Ottawa, and co-editor of “The Promised Land: History and Historiography of the Black Experience in Chatham-Kent’s Settlements and Beyond,” joins The Agenda in the Summer to discuss his efforts to move African-Canadian history out of the margins. Watch Prof. Boulou Ebada de B’béri’s interview with Piya Chattopadhyay here.


The Promised Land: History and Historiography of the Black Experience in Chatham-Kent Settlements and Beyond was one of the 2015 Speakers Book Award Finalists

The Promised Land Project Final Report (2007-2012)

Posted by lamacs On October - 2 - 2014


Fethi Mansouri, Boulou Ebanda de B’béri, Eds. (Routledge Research in Comparative Politics), Routledge, 2014

Multiculturalism is now seen by many of its critics as the source of intercultural and social tensions, fostering communal segregation and social conflicts. While the cultural diversity of contemporary societies has to be acknowledged as an empirical and demographic fact, whether multiculturalism as a policy offers an optimal conduit for intercultural understanding and social harmony has become increasingly a matter of polarized public debate.

This book examines the contested philosophical foundations of multiculturalism and its, often controversial, applications in the context of migrant societies. It also explores the current theoretical debates about the extent to which multiculturalism, and related conceptual constructs, can account for the various ethical challenges and policy dilemmas surrounding the management of cultural diversity in our contemporary societies. The authors consider common conceptual and empirical features from a transnational perspective through analysis of the case studies of Australia, Canada, Columbia, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Uruguay.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, comparative politics, international studies, multiculturalism, migration and political sociology.

Product Details
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Routledge (June 2 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0415740304
ISBN-13: 978-0415740302

Boulou Ebanda de B’béri, Nina Reid-Maroney, Handel Kashope Wright (Editors)

Coming this summer University of Toronto Press 2014

With a prologue by Afua Cooper

Eschewing the often romanticized Underground Railroad narratives that portray Southern Ontario as the welcoming destination of Blacks fleeing from slavery, The Promised Land reveals the Chatham-Kent area as a crucial settlement site for an early Black presence in Canada. The contributors present the everyday lives and professional activities of individuals and families in these communities and highlight early cross-border activism to end slavery in the United States and to promote civil rights in the US and Canada. Essays also reflect on the frequent intermingling of local Black, White, and First Nations people. Using a cultural studies framework to their collective investigations, the authors trace physical and intellectual trajectories of blackness, which have radiated from Southern Ontario to other parts of Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Africa. The result is a collection that represents the presence and diffusion of blackness and inventively challenges the grand narrative of History, especially Canadian history.

Le Verbe au cinéma

Posted by lamacs On January - 23 - 2014

Un essai, politique, sur l’oralité dans un corpus de films d’Afrique noire francophone de 1950 à 2000. Dans un langage clair, l’auteur illustre comment dans les sociétés de l’écriture, le texte engagerait l’Homme et que cette écriture aurait imposé un genre, un style et des modes de production de sens qui sont propres à ces sociétés de l’écriture d’où, par exemple, la naissance du langage cinématographique formalisé. Ainsi il se demande ce qui arriverait à une analyse de film calquée sur ce langage dont les articulations discursives ne sont pas nécessairement en adéquation avec la mysticité de la parole qui, elle, engagerait véritablement l’Homme en Afrique noire? Qu’arrive-t-il à l’analyse quand l’image d’une parole détourne le sens prescrit dans les modes opératoires du langage cinématographique des sociétés de l’écrit ? Comment le cinéma, à travers la technique audiovisuelle, devient-il une technologie par excellence capable de nous faire voir la nature mystique et culturelle de cette parole ?

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Quinquennial Report 2005–2010

Posted by lamacs On February - 18 - 2011

This first five year term of the lab has been devoted to the three philosophic pillars of AMLAC&S: (1) the research and the development of questions linked to identity representations and multicultural societies; (2) a partnership development on the national and international level and (3) training in proximity and providing open minded experiences.

In celebration of five years of operations we have produced a quinquennial report that explores the numerous achievements and future projects that the lab has been involved with.

You can get your own copy of the report in print (email us if you wish to receive a copy), <a href="PDF“ or alternatively view it online.

Indépendance et néocolonialisme en Afrique

Posted by lamacs On February - 16 - 2011

Pierre Ndoumaï
L’Harmattan, 2011

Bilan d’un courant dévastateur

Alors que l’année 2010 est placée sous le signe de la célébration des indépendances des années 60, l’auteur remet en cause la notion même d’indépendance des pays africains en soutenant que le néocolonialisme est aussi dévastateur que le colonialisme pour l’Afrique. Il décrypte le mal endogène et exogène qui fait que l’Afrique est à la traîne des autres continents.

Les Cultural Studies dans les mondes francophones

Posted by lamacs On August - 10 - 2010

Boulou Ebanda de B’béri
Presses Université d’Ottawa, June 2010

Depuis trois décennies le monde anglo-saxon a considéré sérieusement les Cultural Studies comme une analyse des pratiques quotidiennes et de la production de sens.

Mais la production analytique en français dans cette discipline est restée presque absente. Les mondes francophones ont déjà vécu plusieurs événements qui auraient intéressé les Cultural Studies au XXIe siècle : les manifestations sociales de l’hiver 2006 et de l’automne 2007 en France, les mouvements migratoires d’Africains vers l’Europe et le débat sur « les accommodements raisonnables » au Québec entre autres. Pour tous ces événements, nous avions entendu s’élever plusieurs voix qui offraient des articulations généralistes de différentiation de nous à l’autre et des idiomes comme « ces gens-là », « les enfants issus d’immigration », « nous ne voulons pas accueillir la misère du monde » et bien d’autres. Read the rest of this entry »

Olivette Otele
Paris, juillet 2008

La Grande-Bretagne a célébré le bicentenaire de l’abolition de la traite
en 2007.

Cette commémoration fut le moment que choisit le gouvernement
britannique pour amorcer un processus de rassemblement des sujets de Sa
Majesté sur la question de l’identité britannique (britishness) et sur
le multiculturalisme, tout en essayant de revaloriser une histoire
coloniale glorifiée par les nostalgiques de l’Empire ou contestée par
les communautés minoritaires, mais rarement porteuse de principes
unificateurs. Cet anniversaire intervient plus de quatre siècles après
que les premiers bateaux anglais aient sillonné les côtes africaines en
quête de marchandises diverses, comme des épices ou des esclaves. De
quelle manière cette nation, tournée vers ses cousins continentaux,
parvient-elle à se sortir du marasme économique dans lequel elle est
plongée au XVIIe siècle : guerres de succession européennes et conflits
religieux, pour devenir la première puissance maritime, économique et
négrière, en particulier au XVIIIe siècle ?

L’histoire coloniale de l’Angleterre commence avec l’annexion des
territoires qui lui étaient géographiquement proches. Incorporés à la
couronne anglaise, le pays de Galles et l’Irlande se voient obligés de
participer à la conquête anglaise, au-delà de la Méditerranée et
outre-Atlantique. Officiellement uni à l’Écosse par l’acte d’Union en
1707, le Royaume-Uni domine les mers au cours de la même période. En ce
qui concerne le commerce négrier, le royaume s’est inspiré des méthodes
utilisées par les Portugais et les Hollandais afin de supplanter la
France, sa principale concurrente dans le domaine de la traite.

Cette étude est une invitation à porter un regard nuancé sur l’histoire
de ce commerce, en allant au-delà des considérations économiques et en
naviguant dans les eaux troubles de l’abolition de 1807, afin de
comprendre de quelle manière l’écriture de l’histoire du commerce
triangulaire britannique a bien souvent évité de s’attarder sur la
question éthique que pose le commerce d’êtres humains.

DanceHall: From Slave Ship to Ghetto

Posted by lamacs On June - 15 - 2010

Sonjah Stanley-Niaah
University of Ottawa Press, August 2010

DanceHall combines cultural geography, performance studies and cultural studies to examine performance culture across the Black Atlantic.

Taking Jamaican dancehall music as its prime example, DanceHall reveals a complex web of cultural practices, politics, rituals, philosophies, and survival strategies that link Caribbean, African and African diasporic performance.
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Encountering Modernity

Posted by lamacs On June - 15 - 2010

Keyan Tomaselli
Critical Arts, Volume 23, Issue 1 March 2009 , pages 124 – 132

Twentieth Century South African Cinemas

A book describing the history of South African cinemas can never be about cinemas only, for the subject will always be intimately intertwined with its context, in this case 20th century South Africa. Keyan Tomaselli, one of the founders of cultural studies in SA, explores in this book how South African cinemas and films have been decidedly shaped by the country’s history. In turn, films have inspired their makers and audiences to understand, and come to terms with, the complex phenomenon of modernity.

Discussing film theory, narratives, audiences and key South African films and filmmakers, Tomaselli aptly demonstrates that the time has come to adapt a more ‘African’ view on African cinemas, since western theories and models cannot automatically be applied to an African context.

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