CFP: Imagining Slavery: National Representations of the History of Slavery and Abolition

Detail of oil painting (courtesy of Jon Sensbach) of Cornelius van de Compagnie, as he is identified on the painting, as shown on, sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library." Click image for more


Imagining Slavery: National Representations of the History of Slavery
and Abolition
A one-day interdisciplinary workshop

Danish National Archives, Copenhagen
8th September 2010


This workshop, which forms part of the EURESCL research project, will
provide scholars with opportunity to examine how the history of slavery
and abolition has featured in national histories, national memories, and
national educational curriculums. The workshop will draw together
scholars from different disciplines and geographic specialisations, and
the organizers are especially keen to hear from scholars who work within
comparative frameworks. Possible themes include:

– The history and mythology of ‘benign slavery’ in national
– Anti-slavery, national ‘honour’ and related models of ‘civilization’
and the ‘civilizing mission’.
– Forgetting slavery, remembering abolition.
– Comparative histories of slavery and abolition.
– Museums, monuments and other national representations of slavery and
– Teaching slavery and abolition in national curriculums.

The conference organisers will provide hotel accommodation and catering
for speakers, but participants will be responsible for their own travel.

To propose a 20-minute paper, to be delivered in English, please send a
title and proposal (300 words max.) and a one-page CV to Dr Douglas
Hamilton d.hamilton at  Abstracts should be submitted by the
7th of May, 2010. Further inquiries should also be directed to Dr
Scholars who wish to attend, but not to present, should contact Dr Erik
Göbel at the Danish National Archives: egat <mailto:eg at>

Co-sponsors: the Danish National Archives, Copenhagen; the Wilberforce
Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull;
and EURESCL: Slave trade, slavery, abolitions and their legacies in
European histories and identities.

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