On June 19th and 20th, the Museu de Arte do Rio (Rio Art Museum -MAR-) will be the venue for the first Workshop Present Pasts, Coordinated by David Scott (Columbia University) and Hebe Mattos (LABHOI/UFF), supported by FAPERJ's Grant for the Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro. The project aims to contribute to the transnacional debate regarding the different ways in which the past, specially the past of injustices, is still alive and can be repaired.
The rise of the discussions regarding raparatory justice, as a part of a broader debate concerning providing resolution to historical injustices, related to genocide, torture, ethnic cleansing, and other colective crimes redefines the contemporary discussion about slavery in the New World, beyond the mainstream approaches on the diaspora, racism, memory and identity. The matter of slavery in present days is partially (and maybe increasingly), a matter of justice, a discussion on the possibility of reparation for the crimes of the past. Atlantical Slavery was an injust institution that took place for hundreds of years, perpetrated by several European and American nations, that were supposedly guided by liberal constitutions. An injust institution that helped to create the wealth that was the founding stone of the contemporary world.
The project aims to contribute to the ongoing debate regarding reparations fo the slavery in the New World, looking to improve the debate between researchers who are studying slavery in Brazil, in the Caribbean and in the United States, and the different experiences of slavery and the contemporary demands for public policies of reparation, specially regarding education and history teaching in the Brazilian case. The workshop is associated to the V International Festival of Research Films (www.labhoi.uff.br/rff).