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Congres/symposium | Workshop

Urban Slavery in the Age of Abolition, ca. 1770-1930

donderdag 22 juni 2017 - vrijdag 23 juni 2017
Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Conference Room (2.60)

Slave societies in the Atlantic world were highly urbanized. Despite this basic fact historians have long been exclusively interested in plantation slavery. Urban slavery and the position of freedmen are finally gaining the interest of slavery scholars globally.

This workshop raises the level of the conversation on urban slavery by taking on the complex process of abolition and connecting and comparing it across geographies. At the abolition of slavery we see that many former slaves were drawn to urban centers. It stands to reason that the way slavery worked in these urban spaces was important in determining the legacy of abolition (and with that, slavery).

The workshop gathers scholars of slavery from across Atlantic world, including various Caribbean islands, the West-African coast, South America and the United States. The result is a geographically inclusive answer to the following questions:
1) What did urban slavery entail in this period?
2) What changed when Abolition appeared on the agenda?
3) What was the legacy of Abolition in urban environments?

J.P. Benoit, Oude Oranjetuin (1839)

Invited scholars will explore the following aspects of urban slavery in the age of abolition:
- policies regarding domination and control
- legal status and access to arbitration
- land ownership, housing and segregation
- urban identities (including religion and racialization)
- family life and kinship
- manumission and emancipation
- urban economy and urban occupational structure
- connections beyond the city (migration, marriages, landownership, trade)


Ana Lucia Araujo, Howard University, Washington D.C.
Trevor Burnard, University of Melbourne, Victoria
Mariana Candido, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Adriana Chira, Emory University, Georgia
Yacine Daddi Adoun, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Mariana Dantas, Ohio University, Ohio
Karwan Fatah-Black, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Jared Hardesty, Western Washington University, Washington
Douglas Libby, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
Viola Müller, Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands
Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, Indiana University, Indiana
Diana Paton, University of Edinburgh, UK
Marion Pluskota, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Rebecca R. Scott, University of Missouri, Missouri
Michael Zeuske, Universität zu Köln, Germany

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