Slavery and the Slave Trades in the Indian Ocean and Arab Worlds: Global Connections and Disconnections
Gilder Lehrman Centers 10th Annual International Conference
November 7-8, 2008
Yale University, Luce Hall Auditorium
34 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven, CT
Friday, November 7
8:30 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Registration
9:00 9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks
9:15 10:30 a.m. Keynote Address
- Sugata Bose, Harvard University, "Blackbirders Refitted: Towards a Connective Oceanic History of Slavery and Resistance"
10:30 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Panel 1: Indian Ocean Slavery and the 19th Century World Economy
1:00 2:30 p.m. Lunch
2:30 4:30 p.m. Panel 2: Abolition and the Law: Islamic and Colonial Law in the Indian Ocean and Arab Worlds
- William Gervase Clarence-Smith, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, "Islam and the Abolition of Slavery in the Indian Ocean"
- Sue Peabody, Washington State University, Vancouver, "Free Soil in the Indian Ocean: Slave Law on the Eve of Emancipation"
- Bernard K. Freamon, Seton Hall University School of Law, "Straight, No Chaser: Slavery, Abolition and the Modern Muslim Mind"
- Moderator: David Blight, Yale University
Saturday, November 8
9:00 9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Registration
9:30 11:30 a.m. Panel 3: Economic and Social Mobility of Slaves in the Indian Ocean
- Abdul Sheriff, Zanzibar Indian Ocean Research Institute, "Social Mobility in Indian Ocean Slavery: The Career of Sultan b Aman"
- Thomas McDow, George Mason University, "Deeds of Slaves: Business and Debt among Khadim in Zanzibar"
- Mandana E. Limbert, Queens College, New York, "Genealogy, Status, and the Politics of Marriage in Oman"
- Moderator: Robert Harms, Yale University
11:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 3:00 p.m. Panel 4: Slavery in the Indian Ocean: Abolition or Transformation?
3:00 3:15 p.m. Short break
3:15 4:00 p.m. Concluding Roundtable