Colloquium on Slavery: SLAVE – CITIZEN – HUMAN

Recognizing that racial and chattel slavery were central to the historic formation of the Americas, the CSSJ provides a space for interdisciplinary research focused on the historical formations of slavery, the legacies of slavery that shape our modern world, and contemporary forms of human bondage. In an effort to promote and facilitate crossdisciplinary discussions amongst graduate students, the CSSJ and the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University are proud to announce the first ever Graduate Student
Colloquium on Slavery, to be held from October 18-19th, 2013.
The theme of the 2013 colloquium will broadly revolve around the following terms:

Papers might take up these terms individuals or in combination. Submissions might consider how the human condition may find itself altered through juridical structures, social structures, political and historical circumstances, ideology, cultural traditions, religion, and/or economics. Discussion of these terms in relation to any time period and/or geographic area is welcome. Critical examinations of these thematic terms from a variety of disciplinary (and especially interdisciplinary) perspectives are encouraged. The goal of this colloquium is to facilitate an interdisciplinary discussion between graduate students whose research revolves around the condition(s) and structure(s) of slavery and their relationship to the concepts of ‘citizenship’ and ‘the human condition’, as well as consequences and phenomenon that are related to regimes of domination.
We are inviting graduate students from all disciplines to submit abstracts (of 250-500 words) by July 1, 2013 for 20-minute presentations that address these broad themes in some way. 6-10 abstracts will be selected for the 2013 colloquium. Selected participants will be required to submit the full text of their paper by September 15, 2013, in order to provide sufficient time for the pre-circulation of papers for round-table discussions. Presenters will be given financial support to help offset the travel costs required for their participation. For any questions regarding the 2013 colloquium please contact Michael Sawyer at

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) at Brown University is a scholarly research center with a mission focused on public engagement and education (for more information, please visit our website: