The Text and Testimony Collective was initiated by Professor Hilary
Beckles, Professor of History and Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of the West
Indies, and member of the International Advisory Board of the York/UNESCO/SSHRC Nigerian
Hinterland Project, Professor Verene Shepherd, of the Department of History,
University of the West Indies, Mona and Network Professor of the York/UNESCO/SSHRCC
Nigerian Hinterland Project and Professor David Trotman, York University and
Assistant Director of the York/UNESCO/SSHRCC Nigerian Hinterland Project. The objectives
of the TTC are:
- To stimulate and facilitate the
uncovering of the voices of subaltern men and women in Africa and the African
- To form a network of scholars and
academic institutions that will work together in producing texts based on the voices of
enslaved and free black people in Africa and the African diaspora.
- To form partnerships with academic
publishers/presses in order to facilitate the wide dissemination of the voices of enslaved
and free black people in Africa and the African diaspora.
- To facilitate the dissemination of information on the themes central to the TTC via
public lectures, seminars and workshops.