October 19, 2018, 9:00am
Violence & the Global Legacies of Nile Valley Slavery
Presenter: Ali Ali-Dinar, Zoe Cormack, Marc Flandreau, Katie Hickerson, Dwaune Latimer, Eve Troutt Powell, Heather Sharkey, Ahmed Sikainga, Alon Tam, Alden Young
Location: Alice Paul Center Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett Hall, 3rd Floor

This symposium brings together scholars of race and slavery, economic history and material culture to understand the violence of Nile Valley slavery and its global legacies. The Nile Valley (from southern Sudan, Egypt and the Ottoman Empire) is the least commemorated slave route, yet slavery shaped the incorporation of the region into global economic and political networks, as well as having long lasting impacts on social and political relationships and identities in the region. 

The impetus behind this symposium draws in part from recent initiatives in South Sudan. In October 2017, the Government of South Sudan submitted Deim Zubeir – a nineteenth-century slave camp – to the tentative list of World Heritage sites. Deim Zubeir was an entrepôt of the slave trade from southern Sudan to Egypt, and the Ottoman Empire. It may be the first UNESCO-recognized space commemorating the Nile Valley slave trade, placing the impact of slavery in North East Africa on world history. 

Participating scholars will explore events and processes often far afield, ranging from Sudanese soldiers in Mexico, to diasporas in Egypt and the Gulf, to the creation of the discipline of anthropology and ethnographic collections in European and American museums.

Space is limited. To register, please follow this link to the Eventbrite page and enter the password “Legacies”: