Conference | Workshop
Replacing Curacao’s ‘mild slavery’ thesis: From critique to new findings
- Thursday 21 November 2019
2311 VL Leiden
- 2.60 (Conference room)
Slavery on the island of Curacao did not conform to the general patterns of slave-holding in the Americas. As a dry and infertile island with an excellent natural harbor the Dutch West India Company and private firms primarily used the island as a nodal point that tied together licit and illicit lines of trade. Slavery was nevertheless central to its economy.
Comparison to emblematic American slave societies such as Suriname have triggered historians in the past to characterize Curacao slavery as ‘mild’. Although few would use this characterization in an unqualified manner today, historians still lack an adequate way to conceptualize Curacao as a slave society.
During this workshop historians and archeologists will have an interdisciplinary conversation about their most recent findings regarding Curacao slavery and aim to develop new ways to conceptualize it.
12:30 Welcome and lunch
13:00 Introduction by Karwan Fatah-Black & Felicia Fricke
13:15 Session 1: Legal history
- Elisabeth Heijmans, Controlling masters and slaves: early modern legislation in Curacao in a comparative and global perspective
- Sophie Rose, ‘Authorities’ responses to private and public violence against slaves and free people of color: comparisons between eighteenth-century Curacao and Berbice
14:45 Session 2: Archeology and oral history
- Felicia Fricke, Theorising Slavery in Curacao: A Postcolonial Perspective on Oral History and Archaeology
- Jason Laffoon, The Bioarchaeology of Slavery in Curacao
16:00 Closing Remarks Alex van Stipriaan
Registration is not needed for this workshop, but if you would like to join the lunch previous to the event, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with possible dietary requirements for your sandwich and drink.