As a practice in which human beings were held captive for an indefinite period of time, coerced into extremely dependent and exploitative power relationships, denied rights (including rights over their labor, lives, and bodies), often vulnerable to forced relocation by various means, and forced to labor against their will, slavery has existed in innumerable societies throughout global history. Indeed, human bondage and trafficking have also connected societies and continents from antiquity to the present day and can be considered a globalizing force in the development of world civilizations.
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the workshop “Slavery in The Black Sea Region: Forms of Unfreedom at the Intersection between Islam and Christianity, c. 900-1900,” hosted by Leiden Slavery Studies Association and taking place at Leiden University on 30-31 May 2017 (location: Lipsius building, room 1.48).
On 29 May 2017 Professor Yvette Christianse (Barnard College, New York) will give a public lecture titled "At Sea in the Archive: Slavery, Indenture, and the Indian Ocean."
The University of Bonn, Germany, is happy to announce the opening of the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS).