Institute for the Study of Slavery

Institute for the Study of Slavery (ISOS)

Logo with ISOS in lower case lettering with a red droplet over the i. Next to this it reads, Institute for the Study of Slavery.

The Institute for the Study of Slavery (ISOS) — formerly known as the 'International Centre for the History of Slavery' — was established in 1998 by the late Thomas Wiedemann. ISOS now pursues research on historical and contemporary slavery, and forced labour in all parts of the globe and through all periods.

In Greek ίσος (ísos) means equal. 

About the Institute


The Institute for the Study of Slavery (ISOS) aims to:

  • stimulate cross-cultural and comparative work on slavery
  • develop collaborative projects inside and outside of Nottingham
  • attract and train postgraduate students

ISOS organises annual lectures, workshops and a bi-annual international conference. Recent guest speakers have included Professor Trevor Burnard (University of Melbourne) and Professor Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University, Washington DC).

ISOS brings together a range of resources and cross-disciplinary research across the University.



ISOS Director

Sascha Auerbach crouched next to a statue of a fox

Dr Sascha Auerbach, School of Humanities

Deputy Director

Head shot of Susanne Seymour smiling

Dr Susanne Seymour, School of Geography


Key Resources

Nottingham's Legacy of Slavery archive

This resource, located on the Nottingham Museums website, illuminates and explores the backgrounds of several locally commemorated individuals including Robert Smith, Eric Irons and George Africanus, connected with the transatlantic slave economy. It also contains a useful glossary of terminology for understanding transatlantic slavery and race.

Experiences of Black Academics in the UK Higher Education System

A virtual panel discussion exploring university life for Black staff and students in the UK, recorded in 2020 as part of a series of events ISOS curated in response to the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, in the wake of multiple deaths including that of George Floyd. 

This recording comprises a panel of five Black academics from a range of scholarly disciplines (including history, economics, political science, and anthropology) who will discuss their personal experiences of learning and working at universities across the UK. They deliberate on the types of changes (cultural, structural, administrative) that are most likely to create a more supportive environment in which Black members of staff and students can thrive.

Dr James Dawkins (Chair of the Panel Discussion and Research Fellow, University of Nottingham)
Dr Jonathan Ashong-Lamptey (Founder & Managing Director of Element of Inclusion)
Dr Meleisa Ono-George (Associate Professor and Director of Student Experience, University of Warwick)
Toyin Agbetu (Founder of Ligali and PhD Research Candidate, University College London)
Lisa Robinson (Director of Bright Ideas and PhD Research Candidate, University of Nottingham)

The panel was introduced by the former director of ISOS, Dr Sheryllynne Haggerty.


The Institute draws together academic staff, postdoctoral researchers, and postgraduate students from several academic schools within University of Nottingham:  

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