Institute for the Study of Slavery

Institute for the Study of Slavery

Established in 1998 by the late Thomas Wiedemann as the 'International Centre for the History of Slavery', the Institute for the Study of Slaver (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 University of Nottingham: Geography, Humanities, Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, Politics and International Relations, and Sociology and Social Policy.


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 Nottingham and attract and train postgraduate students. To this end it organises seminars, workshops and an 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 homepage

ISOS Director

Dr Sheryllynne Haggerty, Department of History, School of Humanities  


Sheryllynne's expertise is in the area of eighteenth-century traders and the economy of the first British empire - both formal and informal. Complementing this is an interest in networks of people, credit and goods and the lives of men and women who facilitated this trade. 

She serve on the Editorial Boards of Essays in Economic and Business History and the Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, and is a Council Member of the Economic History Society (inc. on Executive Committee); British Commission for Maritime History; Centre for Port and Maritime History (Liverpool); Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire;

Deputy co-directors

Dr Susanne Seymour, School of Geography


Susanne's current research interests are in landscape and landed society in the eighteenth century; histories and legacies of enslavement and colonialism in rural Britain; environmental governance; sustainable agriculture.

Institute for the Study of Slavery

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