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Western Attitudes to Slavery in the Indian Ocean World from the 1807 Ban on the Slave Trade to the Present Day

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Joseph C. Miller Memorial Lecture Series: Lecture by Gwyn Campbell, Indian Ocean World Centre, McGill University

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  • Lecture
When Feb 17, 2020
from 16:00 to 18:00
Where Heinz Heinen Kolleg
Contact Name Jeannine Bischoff
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This presentation discusses the issue of human bondage in the Indian Ocean World (IOW) – a macro-region running from eastern Africa to China – from the British ban on the slave trade in 1807 to the present day. It discusses the historiographical background to slavery studies, the reasons for their initial exclusion of the IOW, and the impact of their gradual extension to the IOW. In so doing, it examines issues of definition, human-environment interaction, and past-to-present patterns of human bondage. Finally, within that context, it re-evaluates the role of European authorities to bondage in the IOW.

Gwyn Campbell is founding Director of the Indian Ocean World Centre at McGill University, General Editor of the Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Indian Ocean World Studies (JIOWS), and member of the International Scientific Committee of the journal, Esclavages & Post-esclavages.

Born in Madagascar, and raised in Wales, he holds degrees in economic history from the Universities of Birmingham and Wales and has taught in India (Voluntary Service Overseas) as well as at universities in Madagascar, Britain, South Africa, Belgium and France. He served as an academic consultant for the South African Government in a series of inter-governmental meetings that led to the formation of an Indian Ocean regional association in 1997. He held a Canada Research Chair in Indian Ocean World History from 2005–2019, and a Humboldt Award from 2017–2019 for his research and teaching in Indian Ocean world studies.

He is currently director of a major international research project entitled "Appraising Risk, Past and Present: Interrogating Historical Data to Enhance Understanding of Environmental Crises in the Indian Ocean World". His publications include Africa and the Indian Ocean World from Early Times to 1900 (Cambridge, 2019), David Griffiths and the Missionary "History of Madagascar" (Brill, 2012), An Economic History of Imperial Madagascar, 1750–1895 (Cambridge, 2005) and, as editor, Bondage and the Environment in the Indian Ocean World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and Africa and the Early Indian Ocean World Trade to circa 1300 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Heinz Heinen Kolleg for Advanced Studies (HHK)
University of Bonn
Heussallee 18–24
D-53113 Bonn

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