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 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

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

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Institute for the Study of Slavery

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD