An interdisciplinary conference on 'Debt and Slavery: the History of a Process of Enslavement' will be held at the Indian Ocean World Centre, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, from Thursday, 7th May to Saturday, 9th May 2009. The conference will cover all geographical areas and time periods. Papers should be in English or French. The deadline for submission of abstracts (title and 1-2 paragraphs) is 1st September 2008. The review process will be completed by 1st November 2008. Prospective participants are asked to give special consideration to the following themes: indebtedness and enslavement; structures of enslavement for debt; legal and religious prescriptions governing servitude for debt; debt bondage; pawnship; the sex and age profile of debt slaves; credit and debt within slavery; debt repayment in slavery; agency for debt-slaves; manumission and liberty for debt slaves. The conference will follow the Avignon model. More details are available on the IOWC website http://indianoceanworldcentre.com/.
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