• Ibrahima Seck


Seck considers how African historians’ questioning of historical colonial knowledge in the 1950s was carried over into the textbooks used in Senegal’s postcolonial schools and examines the treatment given to slavery and the slave trade in the history curricula and textbooks. An analysis of textbooks produced by the editorial staff of Mbow, Ki-Zerbo and Devisse reveals an ascription of Africa’s development from the fifteenth century to largely exogenous factors. The debate centres on the trans-Saharan and Atlantic slave trade and in particular on the island of Gorée. In deconstructing the discursive role of ‘Gorée Syndrome’, Seck reveals a culture of memory that has resolutely focused on the coast at the expense of the interior and calls for the integration of inland slavery into school curricula.

Further Reading

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  8. Ly, A. La Compagnie du Sénégal. Paris: Karthala, 1993.Google Scholar
  9. Meillassoux, C. Anthropologie de l’esclavage: le ventre de fer et d’argent. Paris: Quartridge/PUF, 1986.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ibrahima Seck
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  1. 1.Modern History and History DidacticsSapienza University of RomeRomaItaly

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