An international conference on Children and Slavery will be held in Avignon from 20-22 May 2004. It will examine the role of children in slavery in different regions from Antiquity to the present day, including the systems involved (indigenous and ‘imported’), the means employed to enslave children, and the child slave’s tactics of survival and ‘resistance’.
The child slave and culture, ideology and religion
‘Memory’ and the child slave
The child slave in literature
Survival tactics of the child slave
‘Resistance’ and the child slave
The role of child slave ‘rebels’ (their status and function, and child-adult relations, during the revolt and in the rebel camp)
Consequences of resistance for the child slave
Man-child and woman-child relations in the slave owner–child slave context
Participants are equally invited to take into consideration recently published research on slavery and wherever valid to draw contrasts with slave systems outside their area of study. Of note here is research indicating that the role of children and women in slavery was much more important than has been assumed in the past.
Those interested are asked to send the organisers a title and one paragraph abstract of their proposed paper, in English or French before 30th September 2003. Those accepted must send their final by e-mail or on disk (IBM – Word 6 or more recent) before 1st March 2004.
For further details contact:
University of Avignon
74 rue Louis Pasteur, Case No.19
84029 Avignon, Cedex 1 France
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