Institute for the Study of Slavery

Institute for the Study of Slavery (ISOS)

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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.

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

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 Director

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Dr Sascha Auerbach, School of Humanities

Deputy Director


Dr Susanne Seymour, School of Geography

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Institute for the Study of Slavery

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