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Global Slavery and Exhibitionary Impulse

Thursday 11 June 2015 - Friday 12 June 2015
Research Center for Material Culture
Steenstraat 1
2312 BS Leiden

Leiden Global Interactions will organize a conerence on 11-12 June 2015 on the theme "Global Slavery and Exhibitionary Impulse".

Taking the Netherlands as a starting point we want to critically explore some key questions that lurk in the shadows of representing the slavery past in museums and through other media. The workshop brings together curators from different museums – including the Smithsonian Institution (USA), the International Slavery Museum (UK), Ikizo Museums of South Africa, and the Historical Museum of Nantes (France) – along with scholars from across the world to think about how slavery is and has been represented in West Africa, South Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, the USA and in Europe. The aim is to raise awareness of and think through the politics, problematics and possibilities of exhibiting and representing slavery within a global perspective.


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