UNESCO Panel: The Legacy of Slavery, Transgenerational Trauma, and Collective Healing

May 26, 2021 @ 12:30PM

Speakers: Walter Mignolo, Myriam Cottias, Joy Degruy, Paul Lovejoy 

At this exciting international event, the UNESCO Slave Route Project and the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace Research Institute (GHFP) will bring together high-profile speakers and artists to launch "Healing the Wounds of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery: Approaches and Practices: A Desk Review."  This timely 72-page report, published in January 2021 and available for download, draws together the perspectives of researchers and practitioners to map major approaches and practices to address the legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and slavery. A fruitful collaboration between an international team of researchers and practitioners under the guidance of the UNESCO Slave Route Project and the GHFP Research Institute, the report highlights the imperative to embark on a collective journey towards healing transgenerational trauma and the importance of systemic transformation. 

Semiotician and William Hane Wannamaker Distinguished Professor of Romance Studies Walter Mignolo joined fellow thought leaders for the event's featured panel discussion, "Psychosocial Consequences of Slavery, Structural Racism, and the Imperative of Collective Healing," moderated by GHFP's Scherto Gill, to discuss key insights of the report. 

This international webinar was broadcast via Zoom and hosted by UNESCO's headquarters in Paris, France at 4:30-7:30 PM Central Eastern Summer Time (CEST). Walter Mignolo joined historian Myriam Cottias of the French National Centre for Scientific Research, researcher, author and educator Dr. Joy A. DeGruy, Distinguished Research Professor, Historian and Canada Research Chair Paul E. Lovejoy FRSC of the University of York for the panel at 5:00-6:30 PM CEST. Access the YouTube video in English here.

Report cover art features Randolph Rose's Fly Away - African American Girl with Bird, bronze and verde patina, 25" x 22" x 51" H.