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Slaving Zones

  • Jennifer A. Glancy
  • William D. Phillips, Jr.
  • Herbert S. Klein
  • John Thornton
Monday 1 June 2015 - Tuesday 2 June 2015
Acadamy Building
Rapenburg 67

Slaving Zones: Cultural Identities, Ideologies, and Institutions in the Evolution of Global Slavery

It is with great pleasure that we extend to historians and other scholars of global slavery an invitation to participate in an upcoming conference entitled “Slaving Zones: Cultural Identities, Ideologies, and Institutions in the Evolution of Global Slavery,” to be hosted in June 2015 by the Institute for History at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Leiden houses the top-ranked humanities faculty in continental Europe and has recently attracted a number of energetic younger scholars who are producing top research on the history of slavery. The organizers’ work has appeared in monographs with Cambridge UP and other academic presses, and in journals such as Slavery and Abolition, Past & Present, and Journal of Medieval History, amongst others. They have recently launched a new book series entitled “Studies in Global Slavery,” to be published by Brill beginning in 2015.

Brill "Studies in Global Slavery"

As an institution in which human beings were held captive and accorded the status of property, could be bought and sold as chattels, and were forced to labor against their will, the institution of slavery predates written records and has existed in innumerable societies. 

This exciting new Brill series provides a venue for scholarly work—research monographs and edited volumes—that advances our understanding of the history of slavery (defined as ownership of the body rather than simply forced labor, pawnship, indentured servitude or other forms of extreme exploitation) and post-slavery in any period and any geographical region. It fills an important gap in academic publishing and builds upon two relatively recent developments in historical scholarship. First, it provides a world-class outlet for the increased scholarly interest shown in slavery studies in recent years, not only for those working on modern Atlantic societies but also other regions and time periods throughout world history. Second, this series intersects slavery studies with a growing interest in global history among researchers, including global migrations and interactions, warfare, trade routes, and economic expansion. 

Studies in Global Slavery welcomes submissions that deal with themes such as the development of slave societies and societies with slaves; human trafficking and forced migration; slavery and globalization; slave culture and cultural transfer; political, economic, and ideological causes and effects of slavery; resistance; abolition and emancipation; and memories/legacies of slavery. 

The series will publish at least 2 volumes per year. Monographs by specialists in the field are especially sought, but multi-authored edited volumes containing academic articles by slavery scholars will also be considered. Manuscripts should be written in English and be at least 80,000 words in length (including endnotes and bibliography). Manuscripts may also include illustrations, tables, maps, and other visual material. 

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