Archives de catégorie : Taining Activity in UK

Summer Institute

Hosted by the University of Mauritius in collaboration with the University of Birmingham

Period: April 3-20, 2018 – Collectives activities organised by SLAFNET consortium

“Rethinking Emancipation” – Between Slavery and Post Slavery Summer Institute

– Workshop 1 Methodological training – April 3-5, 2018 Archival sources in Portugal, Mozambique, Mauritius, UK, France, Madagascar, Holland

– Workshop 2 Theoretical training – April 5-7, 2018 Slavery in Africa: An Introduction

– Workshop 3 Technical training Inventorying – April 16-20, 2018 Inventory of Materials on Slavery and Slave trade and training in inventorying in Greenstone

Advanced training course

University of Birmingham, School of History and Cultures, Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA)

Period: 3-24 March 2018 – Advanced Training Course for the SLAFNET Network  

Slavery and Emancipation in 20th Century Africa   

In most of Africa slavery was only abolished at the beginning of the 20th century. Enduring legacies of slavery continue to affect social hierarchies and labor relations, and sexual slavery has been widespread in recent African wars. This course examines the history of slavery and emancipation in different African regions. It focuses on the experience of enslaved men and women. It is convened by Benedetta Rossi and consists of eight 2-hour seminars, each consisting of lecture and class-discussion on readings circulated in advance:

Monday 5 March: General introduction: periodisations, concepts, definitions

Wednesday 7 March: Early abolitions of the 19th Century

Thursday 8 March: Colonial ambivalence and struggles for emancipation, 1900-1926

Friday 9 March: Exit, voice, and loyalty: the options of (ex-)slaves, 1926-1946

Monday 12 March: End of forced labour, birth of development, and apartheid, 1946-1960

Wednesday 14 March: The rise of African abolitionism, 1960-1990

Friday 16 March: Sexual slavery and forced marriage in contemporary African wars

Wednesday 21 March: Conclusion

Other organised activities: two research methods training sessions, two public lectures, and a workshop accompany and complement the Advanced Training Course:

Tuesday 6 March: Introduction to Africa-focused library resources and databases accessible at the University of Birmingham (by Specialist Librarian); Introduction to the Cadbury Research Library and Church Missionary Society archive (by Archive Curator)

Wednesdays 7 and 14 March: public lectures by invited Africanists

Monday 19-Tueday 20: Workshop ‘Researching Slavery in Africa’ with presentations by SLAFNET researchers and other Africa focused researchers and feedback by invited specialists (Rachel Jean-Baptiste, Alice Bellagamba, Felicitas Becker, Lotte Pelckmans).  

Contact : Benedetta Rossi –

Methodological Training Archival Workshop

Bath Spa University

Period: 19-22 February 2018 – Methodological Training Program for the SLAFNET Network

Archival Workshop: “Sources and Research methods in History of Africa”

Monday 19

Introductory remarks Short discussions about archival experiences and best practice Bath Spa Library tour – Talk about having access to online material

Tuesday 20 – Visit to Bristol

Meeting archivist and talk about colonial sources (Bristol Museums and Arts Galleries) Stop at the Georgian House – short visit // Bristol and slavery Library in College Green and source material Museum MShed (exhibition on slave trade and slavery) Coach to Bristol Record Office and access to primary sources if needed by majority of researchers after consultation of online catalogue.

Wednesday 21 – Visit to London

Morning: Session at the National Archives about accessing material and about the material (Laura Tompkins)

Afternoon: British Library session with archivists about material (to be confirmed).

Thursday 22- Visit to Oxford

Session at the Bodleian Libraries – “Commonwealth and African Collections” Session at the Ashmolean and colonial collection. Short tour of Oxford – Colonial legacies and funds in the city  

Contact: Olivette Otele –