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Samuel Lempereur

  • Phd Student
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles - Free University of Brussel

    Research interests

    Slavery memory in west-africa

    About

    Currently working on memory of slavery in the ancient kingdom of Dahomey Fon was located in the south of the current Benin. It extended from the coast to about 150km in the inland. Abomey, now a secondary city, used to be its capital. This kingdom had an active role in the slave trade. Ouidah, a coastal city that was controlled by the Dahomey from the mid-eighteenth century, was one of the main trading ports on the West African coast. The kings of Abomey were important dealers among West Africa. The main point of this thesis is to explain how different forms of remembrance of slavery are organised in present-day southern Benin. My research focuses on how the past is now lived, how it is remembered by Fons and their neighbors (mainly Ajas, Yorubas and Mahis). In contemporary Benin, it is still easy to tell whether you are a descendant of a slave or master, sometimes both along the lines of genealogical descent. Together these family memories, most of them intimate, there are in the country several political and public commemorations. This display of heritage sometimes contrasts or conflicts with local memories. The international context puts more and more emphasis on the memorial celebrations, especially those devoted to slavery (UNESCO, Taubira Law in France, ...). My goal is to understand the political and family issues in this region and how they fit in an international context

    Professional experience

    Phd Student

    Université Libre de Bruxelles - Free University of Brussel

    September 2013 - Present

    Education

    Master in anthropology, sociology and history

    Centre Norbert Elias, EHESS

    September 2011 - June 2012(9 months)

    Master in anthropology

    Université Libre de Bruxelles - Free University of Brussel

    September 2010 - June 2012(2 years)