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Institute for the Study of Slavery

Established in 1998 by the late Thomas Wiedemann as the 'International Centre for the History of Slavery', ISOS now pursues research on both historical and contemporary slavery and forced labour in all parts of the globe and through all periods.

The Institute draws together academic staff, postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students from several academic schools within The University of Nottingham: Geography, Humanities, Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, Politics and International Relations, and Sociology and Social Policy.


ISOS - supporting Black History Month at The University of Nottingham

Deputy Director of ISOS, Susanne Seymour is delighted to introduce the talk by historian and Director of Nottingham News Centre, Norma Gregory, on 'A Journey with George Africanus'.

The Mediterranean crisis – is not like the slave trade.

An open letter signed by more than 250 academics and experts on slavery and migration from around the globe, has condemned the EU's efforts to prevent migrants from leaving the North African coast. The University of Nottingham's Professor Zoe Trodd and Professor Stephen Hodkinson advise that there is much we might learn from the antislavery past and that the historical 'lesson' is that wealthier nations flourish best when they adapt flexibly and accommodate migrant peoples.

ISOS Annual Lecture available on video

The ISOS Annual Public Lecture 2015 given by Prof Robin Law, Emeritus Professor of African History, University of Stirling is now available to view on video.

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The Politics of Cultural Memory: Frederick Douglass in Britain and Ireland

10/06/2016 (19:00-20:30)
A01 Highfield House UPC

BAME Community History and Representing Heritage

BAME Community History and Representing Heritage
07/06/2016 (10:00-16:00)
New Art Exchange
This free day event aims to bring together Midlands-based Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community groups to share their historical research and to discuss with academics and heritage representatives how heritage venues might better present BAME histories
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Featured publications

Stephen Hodkinson & Dick Geary (eds.), Slaves and Religions in Graeco-Roman Antiquity and Modern Brazil, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, July 2012

Dick Geary & Kostas Vlassopoulos (eds.), Slavery, Citizenship and the State in Classical Antiquity and the Modern Americas, Special issue of European Review of History: Revue Europeenne d'Histoire, Vol. 16.3 (2009) 295-436.

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Institute for the Study of Slavery

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