Slavery and Emancipation Seminar


Paul E. Lovejoy FRSC
Distinguished Research Professor
Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History


The seminar focuses on the historical study of slavery and emancipation.

Slavery and Emancipation is a broad theme in the history of the modern world. While the study of this theme has usually been centred on the Altantic world and the enslavement of Africans in the Americas, slavery and emancipation was a prominent feature of the classical world of Rome and Greece, and a theme with relevance for the Islamic world and the Indian Ocean. Slavery and emancipation is one of the most common historical settings in almost every period of history and in all parts of the world.

How are we to study this phenomenon? How is it possible to master a vast literature that spans time and place? This seminar will explore the broad themes of slavery and emancipation through a variety of lens. Noted authorities in the field have been invited to participate in the seminar, sometimes in person and other times via skype.

 Invited Guests:

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, Michigan State University
Walter Hawthorne, Michigan State University
Natalie Zemon Davis, University of Toronto
James Sweet, University of Wisconsin
Toyin Falola, University of Texas
Bruce Mouser, University of Wisconsin
Jane Landers, Vanderbilt University
Ismael Montana, University of Northern Illinois
Mohammed Bashir Salau, University of Mississippi
Yacine Daddi Addoun, University of Kansas
Martin A. Klein, University of Toronto
Jean-Pierre Le Glaunec, Universite de Sherbrooke
Suzanne Schwarz, University of Worcester
Neilson Bezerra, York University
Sean Kelley, Hartwick College









 (Updated August 23, 2013)

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