Understanding the historical past of Faso: Joseph Ki Zerbo College begins the reflection

From 23 to 25 November an international colloquium on the question
• 10 countries are expected in Ouaga
An international symposium on “Burkina Faso in Africa and in the world” will take place in Ouagadougou from 23 to 25 November. To talk about it, the organizing committee, consisting of the Department of History and Archeology of Joseph Ki Zerbo University and the Association of Historians of Burkina, held a press conference on Nov. 15.
Professor Moussa Willy Batenga, President of the Organizing Committee, prepared the frame for the entrance. “We have a lot of work within the department, like the work of professors, students doing thesis work, in masters courses, and we want to bring the reflection into African history and into world history through this colloquium. »
According to him, this symposium, which falls within the framework of the activities of the Department and the Association of Historians of Burkina, has a unifying theme. Especially since given the current context, the question of the visibility of the country arises on a new day. He also believes that it is important to carry out a collective reflection involving the various stakeholders from different backgrounds.
Issa Cissé, First Vice-President of the Organizing Committee, believes that “this symposium will allow the general public to learn about the work we are doing in the Department of History and Archeology at Joseph Ki-Zerbo University. I also have to say that the story still helps to better understand certain aspects of current affairs,” he explains.
One of the aims of the symposium is to highlight the fact that Burkina Faso has a rich history that needs to be known. This story goes beyond the limits of its borders.
Beyond the important historical aspect, this scientific meeting will also make it possible to grasp the administrative, political, cultural, economic, social and environmental data, all so important to know Faso. Therefore, the work is articulated around ten points, namely: pre-colonial Burkina Faso, colonial Burkina Faso, post-colonial Burkina Faso, Burkina Faso in continental and international institutions, political and economic governance in Burkina Faso, demographics, cultural and religious dynamics, cities and landscape , human mobility and integration, art and culture and cultural policy.
With regard to the communication component, the International Colloquium envisages 98 messages. The speakers come from seven countries: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Cameroon, Guinea Conakry, France and Canada. At the end of this three-day colloquium, all 98 contributions will be collated and published in 2023.
Ten countries are taking part in this meeting, including Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Germany, France, the United States and Canada. The opening ceremony and the work of this symposium will be held at Joseph Ki Zerbo University in person and via video conference.

Stephanie BONKOUNGOU (trainee)

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