Centre for African Studies (LUCAS)

General enquiries

Leeds University Centre for African Studies
c/o POLIS, Social Sciences Building, University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

Tel: 0113 343 5069
african-studies@leeds.ac.uk

LUCAS Schools Project coordinator

Richard Borowski
R.Borowski@leeds.ac.uk

Conferences

YASN Conference – Migration and Transition – Roots and Routes

Yorkshire African Studies Network conference

Migration and Transition – Roots and Routes

Larkin Theatre A, Larkin Building, University of Hull, 18th and 19th May 2017

The main theme of the conference is Migration and Transition – Roots and Routes

This 2 day interdisciplinary conference aims to create an inclusive and supportive space for post-graduate scholars, academics and community members to come together in a supportive environment, to provide a platform of critical thinking, exchange of ideas and to promote inter-relationships between academics, researchers, the community and non-academics. .

The conference provides an opportunity for academics and professionals from various fields to share their theoretical knowledge, research findings and practices with colleagues, participants and community members in a relaxed and stimulating atmosphere. Participants’ input will be encouraged in order to add value and interaction, promote networking and foster partnerships throughout the duration of the conference. The conference will be interactive, providing an excellent opportunity for networking.

The main theme of the conference is Migration and Transition – Roots and Routes

Programme

18th May Thursday

9.30     Register

10.15   Keynote: Dr Lucy Michael – hate crime and discussion

  1. 00 Frowynke Siegers: Community Development & Volunteer Coordinator Gateway   Protection Programme – Refugee Council – talk of work with refugees and case studies
  2. 30 Lunch

1.30      Lilly Okech-Appiah: The Human Trafficking of young girls and women from      Eastern Africa to Europe

1.45      Giselle Lowe: A qualitative exploration of abortion narratives in South Africa

2.00      Discussion

2.15      Keynote: Dr Athina Karatogianni Africa/ social media and discussion

3.00      Tea/coffee

3.15      Samuel North: Museums as a form of restorative justice: reality or rhetoric in South Africa?

3.30       Dr Michele Olivier: Forced Marriages: A modern form of slavery?

4.00       Nkiruka U Maduekwe: Enforcing Environmental Rights in Nigeria: Is there an African Solution to this Nigerian Problem?

4.15 – 4.45 Discussion

4.45 -5.45 Roundtable YASN discussion

6 – 7/8    Film: Talk by Tom Glinski – Community Development Worker Centre 88

Film made by refugees Centre 88 – Refugee Council

19th May Friday

10       Coffee/Tea

10.30  Claire Chambers: ‘Like a New Titanic’: Muslim Refugee Fiction

11.00  Shriya Thakkar: Labour Migration and Gender Roles: A South Asian Perspective

11.15  Discussion

11.30  Dr Shola: Boko Haram

12.00  Allison Drew: Conflict patterns in Africa

12.30 Dr Bev Orton: Decriminalising Sex Workers in South Africa

1.00 Discussion/ plenary

1.30   Lunch

2.30 Possible screening of film on Rwanda

PM Visit to WISE/ Hull/ art exhibitions on campus and in town

For more info and to register – please contact Dr Bev Orton: b.orton@hull.ac.uk

Please find below directions to the University of Hull

Directions

http://beta.www.hull.ac.uk/Choose-Hull/Study-at-Hull/Open-days/Visit-us.aspx

Here are some events taking place in Hull – City of Culture

https://www.hull2017.co.uk/whatson/

In the afternoon of 19th May you are welcome to join a trip to WISE and visit the museum

http://www2.hull.ac.uk/fass/wise.aspx

PLEASE NOTE THAT COFFEE AND TEA WILL BE SUPPLIED – HOWEVER LUNCH AND DINNER WILL NEED TO BE AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE (THERE WILL BE SANDWICHES AND CAKES!)

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CfP: Symposium on Foreign Aid and Journalism in Latin America and Africa

Symposium on Foreign Aid and Journalism in Latin America and Africa: Developing a Research Agenda

Leeds, UK – April 20, 2017

Call for Papers

Objective: This symposium will examine the influence and impact over the years of foreign aid on journalism practice and education. In so doing, it aims at developing a research agenda to examine issues and problems arising from the intersection between journalism, foreign aid, public diplomacy and foreign policy in historical and current contexts. Although the geographical focus is Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean, we will welcome scholarly contributions from other areas of the Global South. The format of the event is explorative and therefore full papers are not necessary at this stage. The idea is to discover opportunities for collaborative research including joint research grants and publications as well as other types of exchanges.

The symposium connects to the initial meeting of the AHRC / DfID funded Research Network “Development Assistance and independent journalism in Africa and Latin America”.

Questions that the project aims at addressing include (but are not limited to)

  • What has been the role of international development assistance in shaping journalistic approaches and practices in Africa and Latin America and what are the consequences?
  • What is the existing body of research concerning this issue?
  • What has been the role of development assistance in shaping journalism education in Africa and Latin America?
  • To what extent has international development assistance fostered or inhibited independent journalism in Africa and Latin America?
  • What are the similarities and differences in the direct and indirect impacts of development assistance of journalism from the US, UK and other donors?
  • What are the continuities and discontinuities concerning the impact of development assistance on journalism practice and education in the post-Cold War era?
  • How has international development assistance either directly or indirectly affecting journalism been perceived by journalists, politicians and the general public in the beneficiary countries?
  • What interventions could be developed to counter any negative consequences of these traditions?

Planned outcomes:

  • Edited Special Issue of a Journal
  • Edited collection of essays in a book.
  • Joint grant applications
  • Collaborative PhD scholarships

Convenors: Dr Jairo Lugo-Ocando & Dr. Chris Paterson, School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds

Send abstracts to: c.paterson@leeds.ac.uk

Deadline for 300-words abstracts and title: February 20, 2017

Please register here: https://ajn-symposium.eventbrite.co.uk

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CfP: RiDNet conference 2017 at the University of Leeds

The Researchers in Development Network at the University of Leeds is excited to announce the 5th Annual RiDNet conference

“I, Researcher: exploring the research experience – context, self and interdisciplinary practice”

The conference will take place on the 27th of January, 2017 at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. Please see attached poster for further details.

This year, we’re aiming to explore the experience of conducting research. The conference will focus on three themes (explained below) and we encourage researchers to submit invite PhD and Early Career researchers to submit abstracts reflecting on their experiences of conducting research within and related to (1) different contexts; (2) other disciplines; and (3) self

Conference Themes:

  1.   Context: This theme examines how different, often challenging contexts can impact upon your research, and how you may take this into consideration.

Topics may include: researcher positionality, ethics, reflexivity, avoiding an extractive relationship with the research context and managing participants expectations.

  1.   Self: This theme examines the less frequently discussed aspect of emotional well-being whilst conducting research.

Topics may include: emotional wellbeing during a  PhD, staying safe, balancing being a good researcher with staying healthy, handling isolation, loneliness, and culture shock.

  1.   Interdisciplinary practice: This theme examines how research may cross different disciplines, and how this may impact research design, methods, and communicating results.

Topics may include: research in practice, combining/working across disciplines, overcoming challenges, and successes!

Format of presentations:  

  • Context and interdisciplinary practice: Up to 12 minutes to present and 3 minutes for questions.
  • Self: Short, informal talks (around 5 minutes in length) to focus on personal experiences of research. Designed to enable discussion of issues related to emotions and wellbeing. We encourage presenters to deviate from a typical academic presentation for this theme, therefore use of slides is optional.

Please send a 300 word (maximum) abstract to ridnet@leeds.ac.uk by the 2nd of December, 2016.

 

The Researchers in Development Network, or RiDNet, is a student led network of PhD students and early career researchers working in international development and/or conducting social research in developing countries.  Our annual conference aims to give students and early career researchers a chance to share experiences, ideas and methods.

Call for Abstracts – 5th Annual RiDNet conference

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YASN Conference – ‘Transitions’ from what to what? Justice and Reconciliation in Africa

Yorkshire African Studies Network

Conference at the University of Bradford supported by JEFCAS

‘Transitions’ from what to what? Justice and Reconciliation in Africa

Friday 18th November 2016

Programme

10.15 Registration

 

10.50 Introduction

 

11.00 Session 1: Post-conflict Justice and Reconciliation

 

Peter Nias, Former Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, University of Bradford

From Apartheid to Democracy – without a Truth & Reconciliation Commission: has the experience of Namibia worked?

Adikalie Kamara, University of Bradford

The Special Court for Sierra Leone: a Peacebuilding Mechanism?

Chris Davey, University of Bradford

Post-genocide Memory as the Aegis of Atrocity

 

12.30 Lunch break

 

1.15 Session 2: Justice Systems

 

Vera Riffler, University of York

Justice in security matters – mapping non-state actors and security demands in Khayelitsha, South Africa

Dr Nicki Kindersley, University of Durham

Rule of whose law? Justice systems under ‘transitional government’ collapse in Juba, South Sudan

Dr Chris Paterson, University of Leeds

To fear or embrace the ‘global policeman’: the representation of the US military ‘African Pivot’

 

3.00 Session 3: Guest Speaker

 

Dr Phil Clark, SOAS, University of London

 

4.20 Closing remarks

 
To register for the conference please go here or see this link
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/transitions-from-what-to-what-justice-and-reconciliation-in-africa-tickets-28759032039
For more information about the conference in general please contact Dr David Harris – D.Harris7@bradford.ac.uk

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LUCAS Autumn Term Seminar Series 2016

Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS)

Autumn Term Seminar Series – all welcome

 

Roundtable: ‘Remembering Anti-Apartheid Activism in Leeds’

Wednesday 12 October, 5.30pm, Michael Sadler Building LG19.

LUCAS are very proud to host a roundtable of anti-apartheid activists, including members of Leeds Women Against Apartheid, will mark the launch of a new exhibition, ‘Forward to freedom: The history of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement, 1959-1994’, for Black History Month. Participants include Arthur France MBE, Carole Summerill, Frances Bernstein, Ailsa Swarbrick and Judy Maxwell

 

Dr Alex Vines OBE (Head of the Africa Programme at Chatham House), ‘Narratives about Africa’s Future: what role for academics and analysts?’ 

Tuesday 18th October, 5pm, Maurice Keyworth Lecture Theatre, Leeds University Business School [LUBS]

 

Prof. Howard Stein (University of Michigan),

‘Industrial policy in Africa’  [Joint seminar with LUBS]

Friday 21 October, 3pm, Liberty Building LT 1.28.

 

Dr. Sabrina Parent (Université Libre de Bruxelles),

‘From Senghor to Bouchareb, the living memory of Thiaroye’ [Joint seminar with French]

Monday 24 October, 5pm, Michael Sadler Building LG15.

 

Prof. Ebenezer Obadare (University of Kansas),

‘Man of God, Subject of Veneration: Pastors, Politics, and Changing Forms of Authority in Africa’. 

Wednesday 9 November, 4pm, Baines Wing SR 1.14.

 

YASN Conference at the University of Bradford supported by JEFCAS

‘Transitions’ from what to what? Justice and Reconciliation in Africa

Friday 18th November 2016, University of Bradford

For more information about this event please see here:

YASN Conference – ‘Transitions’ from what to what? Justice and Reconciliation in Africa

 

Frances Bernstein with Free Range choir,

‘Sing Freedom: A story with songs of liberation’  [Tickets £5 / £3].

Tuesday 22 November, 7.30pm, Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall

For more information about this special event see here:

‘Sing Freedom – a story with songs of liberation’ – Frances Bernstein and Free Range choir

 

For more information, or to join the LUCAS mailing list, please contact  african-studies@leeds.ac.uk

@CASLeeds  http://lucas.leeds.ac.uk/events/

 

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Call for Papers – YASN Conference at the University of Bradford – 18 November

Call for papers: Yorkshire Africa Studies Network Conference at the University of Bradford

‘Transitions’ from what to what? Justice and Reconciliation in Africa

Friday 18th November 2016

We welcome applications from PhD students, researchers and academics.

The conference aims to subject to scrutiny the realms of criminal justice, social justice and reconciliation in Africa. This is not envisaged as a narrow field; the conference is designed to include all elements of international criminal justice, truth and reconciliation commissions, localised notions of retributive, restorative and redistributive justice, and ideas of social justice linked to themes as broad as poverty, gender, land and societal cleavages. The conference, however, aims also to interrogate the notion of ‘transition’. Often applied to societies deemed in need of change, the important questions of what is envisaged and what actually happens are accompanied by an even more fundamental uncertainty as to whether ‘transition’ is indeed an appropriate term for these processes.

Guest speaker: Dr Phil Clark (SOAS)

We welcome applications from PhD students, researchers and academics focusing on the above issues in any part of the African continent from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds. Please submit 300-word abstracts for papers to be presented at the conference to Dr David Harris (d.harris7@bradford.ac.uk) by 30th September 2016. We will let you know as soon as possible after the deadline whether your paper proposal has been accepted.

This call for papers is open to all academics, researchers and postgraduate students whether they are based in Yorkshire or elsewhere. Some funds are available to reimburse travel for speakers within Yorkshire.

Times and schedules will be confirmed in due course.

The Yorkshire Africa Studies Network is comprised of the Universities of Bradford, Durham, Hull, Leeds, Leeds Trinity, Sheffield and York. Find out more about YASN at http://lucas.leeds.ac.uk/yasn/.

 

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CfP: Caribbean Carnival Cultures

Call for Papers – Caribbean Carnival Cultures

The Centre for Culture and the Arts at Leeds Beckett University in partnership with Leeds West Indian Carnival will be hosting an international conference on Caribbean Carnival Cultures on 19 – 21 May, 2017.

This conference will coincide with the fiftieth year of the Leeds West Indian Carnival, the oldest Caribbean-style street carnival in Europe, created and led by British Caribbeans. The keynote speaker for the conference will be internationally renowned Trinidadian Carnival Playwright, Screenwriter, Actor and Director Tony Hall.

The conference will bring together researchers, participants, costume designers, musicians, filmmakers and founder members of the Caribbean carnival in the UK and internationally to gather in Leeds to showcase and analyse the phenomenal people’s art of carnival.

Call for Papers

The Centre for Culture and the Arts is open to ideas and suggestions regarding contributions for the conference. These may take the form (but are not limited to) papers, panels, workshops and exhibitions. The exact structure of the conference will be shaped by the following topics. We are particularly interested in discussing the exceptional fusion of art, politics, pleasure and play that carnival represents. Some of the key areas we hope to cover are:

  • The relationship between carnival and diasporic identities.
  • The cultural history of Caribbean carnival in the UK.
  • Carnival and the politics of emancipation and practices of resistance.
  • Transcultural relationships between UK and global Caribbean carnivals.
  • Carnival and the body.
  • Carnival as a site for conviviality, pleasure and social cohesion.
  • The commercialisation of carnival.
  • Intergenerational relationships and carnival practices.

We invite submissions of abstracts of no more than 250 words for suggested papers, panels, workshops or exhibitions. Abstracts are welcomed from all disciplines and can address the themes outlined above, but we also welcome proposals that fall outside the list of topics. Complete panels should consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of four presenters. Academic presentations will be 20 minutes long. Abstracts should be submitted along with a short bio of no more than 150 words to Danielle Hall, Conference Administrator at d.hall@leedsbeckett.ac.uk by 1 June 2016.

We look forward to hearing from you and coming together in celebration of international Caribbean carnival cultures.

Best Wishes

Dr Emily Zobel Marshall and Professor Max Farrar.

 

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Symposium on British and American foreign policy in the Middle East

British and American policy in the Middle East: causes and consequences for the region and beyond
 
Leeds University Symposium: Saturday, April 23 2016
10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Room: Parkinson Seminar Room  1.08
 
Confirmed speakers
1. Afzal Amin                                        Formerly chairman of the Armed Forces Muslim Association, and visiting researcher and lecturer for the UK Defence Academy‘s Research and Assessment Branch
                                                                  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afzal_Amin
 
2. Dr. Chris Davidson                      Reader in Middle East Politics, University of Durham:
https://www.dur.ac.uk/sgia/profiles/?id=4422 
 
3. Ann Feltham                                   Campaign against Arms Trade:               
https://blog.caat.org.uk/author/ann/ 
 
4. Prof. Rosemary Hollis                  Professor of International Politics, City University; formerly Director of Research at Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs) https://www.city.ac.uk/people/academics/rosemary-hollis                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemary_Hollis
 
5. Sir John Jenkins                              Executive Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies – Middle East; formerly British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia: https://www.iiss.org/en/persons/john-s-jenkins                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Jenkins_(diplomat)
                                                                 
6. Dr. Bobby Sayyid                           Reader in Sociology, University of Leeds: http://www.sociology.leeds.ac.uk/people/staff/sayyid             
                                                                 
 
All are welcome to attend this symposium which seeks to explore British and American policy in the Middle East, the factors that have driven this policy, and the consequences – both for the Middle East and for people in the West.
 
The Middle East is one of the least democratic and most militarised areas of the world. As the centre of world oil production, it is also of global strategic importance. For decades Western policy in the region has arguably been dominated by a number of factors: alliance with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states (as the world’s biggest oil producers), unswerving support for Israel, and concomitant Western hostility towards Iran.
 
The 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq led to profound changes: the sectarianisation of Iraqi politics, a Shiite-led Iraqi government with close links to Iran, the emergence of a semi-independent Kurdish region in the north, and a subsequent civil war, with Iran supporting the Iraqi government and Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states supporting Sunni rebels.
 
In 2011, the Arab Spring led to further massive changes. Following pro-democracy uprisings across the Middle East, dictatorial regimes were overthrown in Tunisia and, for a while, Egypt. In Syria, what began as a popular uprising against the Assad regime quickly turned into a sectarian civil war, with the West, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states supporting Sunni rebels, and Iran, its Lebanese ally Hizbollah and latterly Russia supporting the Assad regime. As in Iraq, a semi-independent Kurdish region has emerged in northern Syria – considered by the Turkish government a threat to the Turkish state itself, as the country’s own very large Kurdish minority increasingly seeks autonomy.
 
In Yemen, as in Syria, what was originally a popular uprising has given way to civil war, with Saudi Arabia leading an international force against rebels which it regards as allied to Iran. And in Israel/Palestine the conflict, which the United States had proposed for decades would be ended by a two-state solution, now looks increasingly unresolvable with massive Israeli colonisation of Palestinian lands.
 
Across the Arab world, the economic situation world remains precarious, with oil revenues in Saudi Arabia, for example, constituting 90% of GDP. The collapse of oil prices since 1915, though caused by increased Saudi oil production, now threatens the country itself with economic crisis, and possible further instability across the Arabian Peninsula.
 
While the 2015 Iran nuclear deal eased US-Iranian tensions, it has exacerbated those between Saudi Arabia and Iran. US-Russian tensions, originally focused on Ukraine, are also being played out in the Middle East, as possibly decisive Russian intervention since 2015 on behalf of a de facto alliance between the Assad regime and Kurdish rebels in Syria leads to the re-emergence of Russia as a regional actor.
 
In Europe, a secondary consequence of conflict in the Middle East has been a vast influx of refugees, straining the political consensus which has been built up since the Second World War, and even threatening the future of the European Union. The Middle East conflicts have also exacerbated religious and racial tensions between non-Muslims and Muslims in Western Europe.
 
This seminar will address these issues which are vital importance to us all today. We do hope you can attend.
 
 
Organising Committee
Dr. Fozia Bora                                       University of Leeds
Prof. James Dickins                              University of Leeds
Mr. Chris Foren                                    Leeds Crown Prosecutor (retired)
Dr. Tajul Islam                                       University of Leeds
Dr. Hendrik Kraetzschmar                  University of Leeds
Dr. Mustapha Sheikh                           University of Leeds

 

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CfP: A Room of Her Own: Writing Women’s Independence around the Globe

CFP: A Room of Her Own: Writing Women’s Independence around the Globe

The history of men’s opposition to women’s emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.
Virginia Woolf, Room of One’s Own

Day: Friday 20th May 2016

Venue: University of Leeds (Blenheim Terrace House, 11-14, Room G.02), between 10.00 am until 5/6.00 pm
Abstracts submission deadline: Monday 4th April 2016 (see information below)
Keynote speaker: Professor Jane Plastow (University of Leeds)
Subject Fields: Literature, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Fine Arts, Media Studies, History and Philosophy

The Women’s Paths Research Group is pleased to invite PhD students and early career researchers to its final symposium A Room of Her Own: Writing Women’s Independence around the Globe, which will be held in Leeds on 20th May 2016. The symposium will provide a space to continue the conversation initiated at our LHRI (Leeds Humanities Research Institute) sponsored seminars and reading group sessions organized at the University of Leeds.
Inspired by Woolf’s quotation, we aim to investigate the ways in which visual culture, media studies and literary creation can interrogate both meanings and representations of modern/contemporary social movements for women’s independence in a global context. Furthermore, the symposium intends to develop a critical perspective regarding gender issues and the value of space and money as qualifiers of such independence.

Papers are invited on any aspect of this debate. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

– Challenging Eurocentric perspectives on global movements for women’s independence
– Postcolonial and Third World Feminisms
– The Arab Spring: outcomes and representations
– The role of media and nationalism in reading third world lived experiences
– Social media/literary creation and their role in the context of war (e.g. blogs writings, personal websites)
– Issues, perspectives, representations in defining a ‘feminine’ perspective
– Queer and Transgender Studies and redefining given gendered categories
– Critical approaches to the ‘androgynous mind’ and creativity
– Money and space as qualifiers of individual independence (e.g. material aspects of such independence and identity)
– Space as personal and social category (e.g. the ‘role play’ inside the family unit and workplace)
– Financial independence/legal aspects in terms of inheritance laws, sexism in workplace
– Ethnic/Class stakes of feminist protest movements

Each presentation will last 15 minutes. PhD students and early career researchers interested in taking part in the workshop are invited to send their abstracts (300 words maximum) by Wednesday 20 April, together with a short biography (50 words) specifying name, email address and affiliation to womenspathsleeds@gmail.com

For further information, do not hesitate to contact the organizers at the aforementioned email address.

The organizing committee

Arunima Bhattacharya
Alexandra Gruian
Lourdes Parra
Clara Stella

About the keynote speaker:
Jane Plastow is Professor of African Theatre at the University of Leeds and was for 10 years till 2015 director of the Leeds University Centre for African Studies. She makes theatre predominantly with disadvantaged communities in the UK, Africa and India, and has special interests in issues of the empowerment of women and young people. She is currently working with poor communities in Jinja, Uganda and will be working in China in May. She has written extensively on community-based theatre and African theatre and is currently writing a history of East African theatre

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CfP: After Slavery? Labour and Migration in the Post-Emancipation World

After Slavery? Conference

After Slavery? Conference

After Slavery? Labour and Migration in the Post-Emancipation World

A Two Day Conference at the University of Leeds

Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 June 2016

Despite the much vaunted abolition of slavery in the British Caribbean and Mascarenes in 1833/4, patterns of labour and migration in the post-emancipation empire continued to blur the boundaries between ‘free’ and ‘unfree’ labour. Apprenticeship extended the planters’ control over their former chattels until 1838, while slavery itself remained in place in India until 1843, and continued in other European colonies and in the American South well into the late nineteenth century.  ‘Free’ labour experiments in Sierra Leone and Liberia were beset with problems, working conditions in the former slave colonies remained uneven and exploitative, and nations who had ended slavery in their own colonies continued to purchase slave-grown produce from those who had not. Meanwhile the migration of 1.3 million Indians on contracts of indenture to colonies in the West Indies, Africa, Mascarenes, Fiji and other locations around the world was labeled a ‘new system of slavery’, despite increasingly sophisticated systems of regulation, and evidence of migrant agency in patterns of migration and re-migration. More recently, the continued prevalence of diverse forms of coercion within ever expanding global labour markets has been dubbed ‘modern slavery’, and exploitation and compulsion in contexts as varied as the sex trade, sweatshops, domestic service and manual labour have drawn attention to the continued inequity of working conditions across the world. This had led to much needed academic, political and public debate, but in the process has also sometimes prompted a re-articulation of earlier abolitionist tropes in which humanitarian sentiment is cross-cut by essentialist assumptions of race, class and gender.

This conference seeks to explore the emergence of global patterns of labour and migration in the post-emancipation world in ways that move beyond nineteenth century constructions of ‘slavery’ and ‘freedom’ and look instead at the diverse, nuanced and often ambivalent experiences over time and space. It seeks to break down unhelpful assumptions about ‘active’ and ‘passive’ migration, and ‘free’ and ‘unfree’ labour in order to describe the uneven, ambivalent, but extremely important ways in which labourers and migrants exerted their own agency, asserted their own identities and aspirations, and shaped their own individual and collective outcomes, even in the face of various forms of coercion and exploitation. By bringing together scholars of labour and migration from various disciplinary backgrounds, and with a range of regional and chronological specialisms, it aims to open up comparative perspectives and productive conversations that move beyond dominant colonial and post-colonial narratives to explore diverse experiences of labour migration from a range of disciplinary, theoretical and subaltern perspectives.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Richard B. Allen (Framingham University, Massachusetts)

Prof. David Lambert (University of Warwick)

‘Juxtapositions’ and ‘Cool!tudes’ Exhibitions

The conference will accompanied by two exhibitions on indentured migration in the Indian Ocean. The first, ‘Juxtapositions’ using visual and textual sources to explore the many contrast and contradictions that epitomised the experience for the 1.3 million labour migrants who left India to work on contracts of indenture in colonies around the world. The second, ‘Cool!tudes’, showcases images by artists Danny Flynn and Andil Gosine, who have used images from the indentured labour archive to produce stunning new original artwork.

Call for Papers

Paper proposals are invited exploring all aspects of the post-emancipation labour experience. Of particular interest are those that deal with the lived experience of, and subaltern agency among labour migrants, as well as the theoretical and conceptual issues involved in the study of labour and migration in both historical and contemporary contexts.  Key themes may include: lived experiences and quotidian encounters; agency, identity and social mobility; government regulation, legislation and formal and informal controls; gender, family and domestic relations; patterns of migration, re-migration and return; colonial and post-colonial debates; conceptual and theoretical issues around categories of labour migration etc.

If you would like to submit a paper proposal, please send a 250 word abstract by 8th April 2016 to a.major@leeds.ac.uk

Notification of acceptance of papers will be given by 30th April 2016.

Registration and Attendance

The conference will take place at the School of History, Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT on 27 and 28 June 2016. Attendance at the conference is free, but advance registration is required. Please email a.major@leeds.ac.uk to secure your place.

After Slavery? Conference

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