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Meet the author: Ana Lucia Araujo on 'Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History'

  • Ana-Lucia Araujo (Howard University)
Wednesday 13 December 2017
Bookstore Van Stockum
Breestraat 113
2311 CL Leiden

Professor Ana-Lucia Araujo (Howard University) will visit Leiden in December to discuss her most recent publication Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History. This new book examines the history of the demands of reparations for slavery and the slave trade in the Americas, Europe, and Africa from a transnational perspective.

Slavery and the Atlantic slave trade are among the most heinous crimes against humanity committed in the modern era. Yet, to this day no reparations have been made to former slaves, their descendants or afflicted societies. Araujo argues that calls for reparations are still very much alive and have a long history. Since the 18th century, enslaved and freed people began to conceptualize the idea of reparations in petitions, correspondences, pamphlets, public speeches, slave narratives, and legal claims, written in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Despite the legality of slavery at the time, slaves and freed people were conscious of having been victims of a great injustice. Drawing from the voices of people who identified themselves as the victims of the Atlantic slave trade and slavery, Araujo illuminates the multiple dimensions of the demands of reparations, including the period of slavery, the emancipation era, the post-abolition period, and the present.


5 PM                Opening by host Nancy Jouwe
5.05 PM          Talk by author Ana-Lucia Araujo
5.20 PM          Interview with the author by Karwah Fatah-Black (Institute for History, Leiden University)
5.40 PM          Responses by Jessy de Abreu (Black Archives) and Antoin Deul (NiNSEE)
5.55 PM           Drinks
6.30 PM          Closing


Ana-Lucia Araujo is a social and cultural historian, working on history and public memory of the Atlantic slave trade and slavery and their social and cultural legacies. In the last fifteen years, she has authored and edited over ten books and published nearly fifty articles and chapters on these themes. She lectures and publishes in English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish in the United States and abroad. In 2017, she was appointed as a member of the International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project.

Karwan Fatah-Black is university lecturer at the Institute for History, Leiden University

Jessy de Abreu is co-founder of the Black Archives, based in Amsterdam.

Antoin Deul is director of the National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy.


This session is organized/hosted by Karwan Fatah Black (Leiden University) and Nancy Jouwe (Mapping Slavery/University of Utrecht). It is made possible by the Leiden Institute for History, the NWO-Veni project Paths through Slavery and bookstore Van Stockum, Leiden.

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