High level debate: Writing History: reality and misperceptions
Thursday the 21st of April, the French Embassy in Tanzania, with the support of the Institut Français in Paris, organised a debate on the theme “Writing History: reality and misperceptions”. It was followed by the launch of the book Remembering Nyerere in Tanzania: History, Memory, Legacy, edited by Marie-Aude Fouéré and published by Mkuki na Nyota in association with the French Institute of Research in Africa (IFRA).
This event, which was held at the Alliance Française of Dar es Salaam, united a diverse public of around 200 people that were passionate about the subject: Tanzanians and Internationals, professors and students of History, members of the diplomatic corps and students of the Alliance Française…
The panel was composed of M. Walter Bgoya, Founder and Managing Director of the publishing house Mkuki na Nyota, M. Chambi Chachage, PhD student in History at Harvard University, Ms. Sophie Dulucq, professor of Modern History at the University of Toulouse (France), and Dr. Marie-Aude Fouéré, senior lecturer at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS).
M. Gwamaka Kifukwe, programme coordinator at Uongozi institute, moderated the debate. It focused on the importance of teaching History at school, as well as, more generally on the usage of History and the place it occupies in our societies. The debate was high in exchanges and led to multiple questions and reactions from the public.
The event ended with the launch of the book Remembering Nyerere, main figure in Tanzanian History who still imbues its collective memory.