Protracted rural displacements: slavery and forced internal migration in Mali and its diaspora

This project aims to uncover the complex intersections of protracted displacements and internal slavery in the Kayes region (Mali) from a longue-durée perspective, to better understand under which socio, economic and political circumstances displacements due to mobilization on slavery may occur.

Our project looks at historical and contemporary slavery-related internal displacements in the rural areas of the Kayes region. The displacements mainly concern elders, women and children because most men of these communities are migrants elsewhere in the world.














External researchers

Dr. Marie Rodet

Prof. Bacary Camara

Internal researchers

Name Title Phone E-mail
Lotte Pelckmans Associate Professor +4535334693 E-mail



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