This conference will mark the bicentenary of the establishment of Sierra Leone as a British Crown colony in 1808.
The bicentennial presents the opportunity to re-examine the history of Sierra Leone. The conference will bring together academics from different disciplines, museum professionals, archivists and individuals interested in human rights and the reconstruction of modern day Sierra Leone.
The conference offers scope to examine the legacies of slavery, abolition and colonial rule in Sierra Leone. The conference will explore British interaction with indigenous groups, the influence of European administrators on economic and cultural policy, and the activities of immigrants in establishing a unique cultural, religious and social identity. Moreover, the legacy of this past will be explored in the context of the long history of colonial rule in Sierra Leone and the subsequent difficulties of establishing a civil society in the post-colonial era.
The conference will be held at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull, 26-28 September 2008.
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