SAHR Tuesday Talks – Dr Adama Aly Pam: From the Archives of Terror to the Archives of Pain: an African Experience

ICA-SAHR invites you to our next First Tuesday Talk on June 7, 2022


Dr. Adama Aly Pam, Chief archivist of UNESCO


From the Archives of Terror to the Archives of Pain: an African Experience


In 2012, Adama Aly Pam was commissioned by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to support the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission of Togo in the management of the archiving component of the statements of witnesses and victims of the totalitarian regime in Togo from 1958 to 2005. These are the victims of rapes, murders, disappearances and assassinations of Togolese.


The Truth Commission was asked to establish the truth about the serious violations of human rights, to explain the historical context of the violence and to preserve the memory in order to guarantee the four pillars which are: the right to know , the right to justice, the right to reparation and the guarantee of non-repetition.

From the Togolese example, the reflection will focus on the archives of terror and it will question the practice of the archivist, the way in which societies try to forget and remember political violence, and the way in which archives are used to heal societies from the traumas of the past.


Adama Aly PAM is a paleographer archivist, graduate of the Ecole nationale des chartes and holder of a doctorate in history on the history of medicine. Chief archivist of UNESCO since 2018, he was Curator at the National Archives of Senegal before joining the Archives of the Central Bank of West African States. Very committed professionally, he was elected President of the Senegalese Association of Librarians and Archivists. He has carried out several missions of advice and organization of the Archives in Africa.


June 7, 2022, 04:00 PM CEST

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