Symposium Program


Presentations will be in English or French, with simultaneous translation available. Learn more about presenters here.

Monday March 22, 2021

9:00 – 9:30am (Boston) / 13:00 – 13:30 (Lomé) / 14:00 – 14:30 (Brussels)
Welcome, Introductions

9:30 – 10:15am (Boston) / 13:30 – 14:15 (Lomé) / 14:30 – 15:15 (Brussels)
Opening keynote: What opportunities does this moment offer for seeking justice for the historical harms of European colonization in Africa?

10:15-10:30am (Boston) / 14:15-14:30 (Lomé) / 15:15-15:30 (Brussels)
Interlude

10:30am – Noon (Boston) / 14:30 – 16:00 (Lomé) / 15:30 – 17:00 (Brussels)
Provocations: Defining justice
A series of short presentations on what justice for colonial harms should look like from different angles: Knowledge production – Financial reparations – Restoration of artifacts – Environmental justice – Social fabric – International relations

Q&A


Tuesday March 23, 2021

9:00 – 9:10am (Boston) / 13:00 – 13:10 (Lomé) / 14:00 – 14:10 (Brussels)
Welcome, Day 1 Recap

9:15 – 10:30am (Boston) / 13:15-14:30 (Lomé) / 14:15 – 15:30 (Brussels)
Panel: Learning from past and ongoing movements for reparations
Taking various forms in different locations and historical moments, demands for redress for historical injustices are not new. Demands for reparations have been made in the US for the enslavement of African-Americans, in the UK for the repression of the Mau Mau in Kenya, in Germany for crimes against the Herero in Namibia and in France by descendants of slaves. What can be learned from these attempts at seeking reparations? How might they inform contemporary efforts?

10:45-11:15am (Boston) / 14:45-15:15 (Lomé) / 15:45-16:15 (Brussels)
Artist presentations


Wednesday March 24, 2021

9:00 – 9:10am (Boston) / 13:00 – 13:10 (Lomé) / 14:00 – 14:10 (Brussels)
Welcome, Day 1-2 Recap

9:15 – 10:45am (Boston) / 13:15-14:45 (Lomé) / 14:15 – 15:45 (Brussels)
Panel: Supranational Opportunities
Policymakers working at the supranational level and in global institutions (e.g. EU, UN, foundations…) discuss the impacts of the BLM movement on efforts towards racial justice and reflect on possibilities afforded by their respective institutions.

10:45-11:00am (Boston) / 14:45-15:00 (Lomé) / 15:45-16:00 (Brussels)
Interlude

11:00-12:30am (Boston) / 15:00-16:30 (Lomé) / 16:00-17:30 (Brussels)
Roundtables : France / UK
A platform for activists and policymakers involved with movements for reparations or justice to present their work and share experiences across geographic settings. Roundtables are organized around former colonial powers and bring together actors from the European country in question and from concerned African countries. Some of the questions addressed include: What strategies are being employed? How is the momentum of the present moment best leveraged? How might the policymaking and/or judicial apparatus be seized at European, African, or international levels for favorable outcomes?


Thursday March 25, 2021

9:00 – 9:10am (Boston) / 13:00 – 13:10 (Lomé) / 14:00 – 14:10 (Brussels)
Welcome, Day 1-3 Recap

9:15 – 10:45am (Boston) / 13:15-14:45 (Lomé) / 14:15 – 15:45 (Brussels)
Roundtables: Germany / Belgium
A platform for activists and policymakers involved with movements for reparations or justice to present their work and share experiences across geographic settings. Roundtables are organized around former colonial powers and bring together actors from the European country in question and from concerned African countries. Some of the questions addressed include: What strategies are being employed? How is the momentum of the present moment best leveraged? How might the policymaking and/or judicial apparatus be seized at European, African, or international levels for favorable outcomes?

10:45-11:00am (Boston) / 14:45-15:00 (Lomé) / 15:45-16:00 (Brussels)
Interlude

11:00-Noon (Boston) / 15:00-16:00 (Lome) / 16:00-17:00 (Brussels)
Roundtables debrief
This debrief will be an opportunity to learn about what was addressed in the roundtables participants could not attend, and to draw out connections among efforts in the different countries.


Friday March 26, 2021

9:00 – 9:10am (Boston) / 13:00 – 13:10 (Lomé) / 14:00 – 14:10 (Brussels)
Welcome, Day 1-4 Recap

9:15 – 10:45am (Boston) / 13:15-14:45 (Lomé) / 14:15 – 15:45 (Brussels)
Inter-country Strategy Session: How might efforts in different countries amplify one another? Strategy session open by invitation only, to map out next steps for future collaborations.

10:45-11:00am (Boston) / 14:45-15:00 (Lomé) / 15:45-16:00 (Brussels)
Interlude

11:00-11:45am (Boston) / 15:00-15:45 (Lomé) / 16:00-16:45 (Brussels)
Closing Keynote

11:45-Noon (Boston) / 15:45-16:00 (Lomé) / 16:45-17:00 (Brussels)
Symposium Closing and Thanks

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