The present international conference, to which our institutions wish to invite all interested researchers, has the ambition to mark a significant moment in the reactivation and intensification of research on slavery in Africa. The conference will look at all types of sources, oral, written and audio-visual, with a particular focus on the collection and analysis of testimonies by slaves and their descendants. Moreover, the conference aims to promote a better understanding of the links between African slavery and different slave trades, which have been studied extensively in African historiography.
We invite proposals for papers or panels from a variety of perspectives, disciplines, and fields, on topics including (but not limited to):
Slavery and slave trade in African Societies (from origin of slavery until 7th century)
Slavery and slave trade in African Societies (8th century until 15th century)
Slavery, slave trade and colonisation in Africa
Anti-slavery movements and abolitions in Africa
The vocabulary of Slavery: terms describing slaves and slave-descendants in Africa
Slave and bonded labour in Africa
Slavery, citizenship and power relations, past and present
Slavery and land tenure in Africa
Ideologies of slavery in Africa: “blood,” “race” and the construction of "otherness"
Slave social formations in Africa
Relationship between slavery in Africa and external slave trades
Contemporary slavery and human trafficking in Africa
Slavery and legal systems in Africa
Slavery and culture in Africa: literature, arts, music, cinema etc.
Slavery and religions in Africa
Biographies and slave voices in Africa
Slavery, international debates, and their impact on Africa
Heritage and memories of slavery in Africa
The silencing of slavery: silences and denials of the slave experience
Migrations, mobility, and slavery
The deadline for submission of paper and panel abstracts is March 15th 2014.
Individual papers: please submit a paper title and abstract of up to 300 words (including spaces) in French and English. Please include a brief biographical note (about 150 words), specifying institution affiliation, full address and email contact.
Panels: please submit a panel abstract of up to 450 words (including spaces), along with the names and paper titles and abstracts of each presenter, contact information (phone and email) for the primary contact person, and a short bio-note for each participant (about 150 words). Panels should include 4-5 presenters.
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