Building the INOSAAR: Aims and Objectives
The purpose of the INOSAAR is to assist in the consolidation of a growing Afrikan global reparations movement, recognized by some as the International Social Movement for Afrikan Reparations (ISMAR), by uniting activists and scholars, while developing a strong youth-led base to ensure the movement’s sustainability. We do so in full cognisance of the history of these movements, most notably with reference to the pan-Afrikanist struggle and its desire to unite the Afrikan continent, unify Black people and bring an end to racism. In particular, we recognize the centrality of the Abuja Proclamation of 1993 which called ‘upon the international community to recognize that there is a unique and unprecedented moral debt owed to the Afrikan peoples which has yet to be paid’. Our nine stated aims and objectives are:
- To develop a more coherent research agenda for understanding reparations across disciplinary boundaries;
- To improve knowledge-production partnerships between scholars and activists working on Afrikan reparations by establishing partnerships that are enduring and international;
- To provide opportunities for researchers and activists to engage in a process of bilateral knowledge exchange;
- To support youth and student engagement, involvement and proactivity through the creation of a youth-led auxiliary fellowship, popularly known as RepAfrika, and the establishment of a related mentorship scheme;
- To provide global legitimacy and visibility to the broad spectrum of viewpoints relating to reparations;
- To support the struggle for the voluntary rematriation/repatriation for peoples of Afrikan descent to any Afrikan country of their choice, with due respect for indigenous communities and their own reparations interests, through the granting of citizenship, the removal of visa and customs requirements, and the creation of socio-economic, political and cultural reinsertion programmes in harmony with those already domiciled in such countries;
- To establish a recognisable network consisting of registered participants with a commitment to adhering to its rules, principles and obligations;
- To impact positively upon public and political (mis)conceptions about reparations by providing academically rigorous outputs of use to academic and non-academic audiences, and supporting the development of decolonizing curricula of reparatory justice;
- To ensure that the events and activities organized through INOSAAR and its partners form one continuum in our collective efforts to advance the question of reparations.
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Principles of Participation
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INOSAAR is sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.