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.
Why have certain groups of people been enslaved throughout history and not others? How have shifting ideologies and group identities impacted and/or informed the nature of slavery and post-slavery in various world societies? How have these ideologies and identities interacted with institutions and political realities in order to produce the map of global slavery as we have it? Drawing from J. Fynn-Paul’s theoretical concept of ‘slaving zones,’ we invite prospective participants to reflect on how this concept might gel with their own work.