Provincializing Slavery: Abolition, Law, Slave Subjects

Presented by Taiwo Adetunji Osinubi

Monday, 30 May, 2016 - 15:00

Although the Atlantic slave trade has been fundamental in narratives of African victimhood, it has never taken a proportional space in West African literatures. This paper offers some explanations for the disappearance of slavery by examining two crucial contexts: 1) the erasure of 18th-century African writings on slavery and, 2) the 19th-century eradication of African sovereignties as part of abolitionism.

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