I am involved in the organisation of the following events, some of which are open to external participants:

5-21 March 2018, University of Birmingham, Advanced Training Course on African Slavery and Emancipation in the XX Century: in the context of the SLAFNET Network (see Networks), I am teaching a course that examines the history of slaves and slave descendants in different African regions across the 20th century. The majority of course participants are African graduate students and researchers on secondment at the University of Birmingham. The program of activities, seminars, and readings is below:

Birmingham – SLAFNET activities March 2018-FINAL

19-20 March 2018, University of Birmingham, Roundtable on Slavery in XX-century Africa: the above course culminates in a roundtable at which participating researchers will present their research and engage in thematic debate with other Africanists and invited African slavery specialists. Professor Rachel Jean-Baptiste (UC Davis) will give a keynote lecture in the evening of 19 March. The roundtable is open to external participants: if you wish to attend, please email me at – Click on the link below to see the programme:

Programme 19-20 march workshop-FINAL

5-7 April 2018, University of Mauritius, Summer Institute ‘Defining, Documenting, and Abolishing African Slavery’: always in the framework of the SLAFNET Network, I will be convening three three-hour seminars on three consecutive days building up to the Conference ‘Between Slavery and Post-slavery’. There is a closed number of 20 places for these seminars, which will involve discussions on theory and primary evidence, informed by a selection of pre-circulated readings. For more information on how to participate, click here.

10-12 April 2018, University of Mauritius, International Conference ‘Between Slavery and Post-slavery: Citizenship, Dependence, and Abolitionism in African and Indian Ocean Societies’: this conference will bring together international researchers and activists working on African slavery and its suppression in recent and contemporary history. It focuses on three main interrelated themes: (1) the recent legacies of past slavery; (2) contemporary forms of exploitation akin to slavery; and (3) the political mobilisation of African grassroots activists and politicians in various countries in Africa and in Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean islands.  The draft programme is below.


11-13 September 2018, ASAUK Biennial Conference, stream on ‘Slavery and Marriage in African Societies’: in 2018 the ASAUK Biennial Conference will be held at the University of Birmingham. Together with Dr Joel Quirk (Wits), I am co-organising a stream on Slavery and Marriage in African Societies. The postponed deadline for submitting panel- and paper- abstracts is 30 March. More information on the stream’s themes is available here. To submit a panel or paper, please follow the ASAUK guidelines.