CFP: Reconsidering Forms of Enslavement and Subjection across Disciplines

Submission deadline: April 20, 2020

Conference date(s):
June 19, 2020 - June 20, 2020

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Conference Venue:

Department of English and and Comparative Literary Studies; and Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick
Coventry, United Kingdom

Topic areas


We invite abstracts on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Forms enslavement across time from Antiquity to today.
  • Figuration and representation of enslaved people and/or slavery and more broadly subjugation in the arts (music, visual and performing arts, film, tv and media studies, theatre and drama, literature and graphic novels, etc.)
  • (Hi)Stories of slavery and oppression as well as emancipation and liberation, memory studies.
  • Comparative (Hi)Stories of forced labour and modern-day precariousness.
  • Philosophers’ views on slavery as well as the philosophical significance of the concept of enslavement and subjugation in the history and practice of philosophy.
  • Philosophical accounts of servitude as a condition.
  • (Political) Ethics of enslavement and/or subjugation.
  • Traces of slavery and enslavement in our time, structural racism, #BlackLivesMatter, minority activism movement and social (in)justice.
  • Gendered and reproductive enslavement and labour, housewifization and women’s emancipation movements and activism, #NiUnaMenos, #Metoo.
  • The role of colonisation and slavery in building Europe and the United States and its economy as well as debates surrounding restitution and reparation.
  • Movements on decolonising the University and the syllabus.
  • Movements toward slavery reparation and economic (in)justice.
  • The evolution of slavery, indentured labour and forced migration.
  • Modern slavery and human and animal trafficking.
  • Contemporary economies of tourism and/or neo-liberal practices of extractivism as forms of enslavement and subjugation.
  • The commodification of bodies and lands and their intertwined relations.
  • Traces of slavery on the environment, plantationocene, climate change, uneven developments and environmental justice.
  • Human-Animal relations, animal ethics and their exploitation and rights.
  • Extinction as a result of exploitation and subjugation.
  • Decolonisation and critical indigenous studies.

We invite individual proposals for 20-minute papers, as well as proposals for panels (three 20-minute papers), for roundtables, jam sessions, or any other format to present artistic production or to address activism, etc. Please send an abstract (200-300 words) and a brief biography to by 20th April 2020.

We strongly encourage submissions going beyond Western scholarship and from scholars at any stage of their careers.

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