Call for Papers: “Slavery, Slave Trade and the Making of Mozambique” – Deadline, 1 July 2017

2nd Annual International Conference of the Oficina de História-Mozambique.
“Slavery, Slave Trade and the Making of Mozambique”
Fortaleza de Maputo
October 27-28, 2017.

The Oficina de História-Mozambique is organizing its second annual international conference in collaboration with the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas, York University; the National Archives of Mozambique; the Center for Research in Social Sciences and Philosophy of the Pedagogy University of Mozambique and the Fortaleza of Maputo. The theme for this year’s conference is “Slavery, Slave Trade and the Making of Mozambique”. The Oficina de História-Mozambique is an academic research group based in Maputo where national and international researchers aim to contribute to the ongoing research and debates on the history of Mozambique as well as the wider history of Africa and its Diasporas. It is a collaborative and inter-transdisciplinary platform for historical investigation where the annual conference is the meeting space for sharing completed research projects and research in progress.

This year, the conference seeks to bring different perspectives of analysis of all aspects of the institution of slavery in Mozambique from the earliest times to the present. We especially welcome proposals that engage in an interdisciplinary global history perspective on slavery and the trades in enslaved persons in Southeastern Africa, that utilize special research collections available at international institutions or in private family archives and explicitly engage issues of slavery, slave trade, resistance, abolition, and their legacies in Mozambique. The organizers of the conference also welcome examinations of the ways in which the institution of slavery is remembered, researched, taught and publicly presented. Scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, educators and local historians researching Mozambican, wider African and African diasporic histories are encouraged to apply. The conference will be held from October 27th to the 28th in the Fortaleza de Maputo, Mozambique.

The organizing committee welcomes individual papers, thematic panels, workshops and  roundtables  on any of the following themes:

  • The historiography of enslavement in Mozambique.
  • Historical research methods specific to slavery and the slave trades.
  • Cartographic and archaeological interpretation of the slave routes.
  • Issues of “race”, settlement and demography.
  • African societies and the anthropology of enslavement.
  • Slave routes and slaving zones in Eastern and South Eastern Africa.
  • South Eastern Africa and the Trans-Atlantic and Indian Oceans Slave Trades.
  • Administration, investments and slave transactions.
  • Transportation, port cities and Mozambican island histories.
  • Slave holding families and trading networks.
  • Slave families, gender and forced labour.
  • Slaves, liberated Africans and abolition.
  • Convict and slave labour in the former Portuguese colonies in Africa: comparatives approaches.
  • Science, medicine and spiritual belief systems.
  • Diaries, travel narratives and the visual cultures of enslavement.
  • Anti-slavery movements and the Portuguese colonial project.
  • Modern and Contemporary Forms of Slavery in Mozambique.
  • Biographies, autobiographies and oral traditions of enslavement in Mozambique.
  • Archival preservation, sites of memory, education and the digital history.
  • The Slave Route Project in Mozambique: Research, Methods and Effectiveness.

The deadline for submitting individual papers, thematic panels, workshops and roundtable proposals is July 1st, 2017. Proposals must include the following information: Name(s) of presenter(s); Name of organization(s); Email address(es); Paper Title; and Summary/Abstract (250 words max.) Presentations may be in Portuguese or in English.

Submit your proposal via email to with the subjet line: “Slavery, Slave Trade and the Making of Mozambique”. The organizing committee will review all of the proposals received by July 1st, 2017.

Information about the conference registration fees for participants submitting proposals as well those just attending will be announced shortly. In the meantime, expressions of interest and enquiries can be sent to

We look forward to your proposals.

Abubacar Fofana León
Associate Researcher, The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas, York University.
Co-organizer of the International Conference “Slavery, Slave Trade and the Making of Mozambique”.
Coordinator, Scientific Committee, Oficina de História-Mozambique.
Telephones:  + 1 416-2762100 ext 33058 [Toronto] and  +258 825326602 [Maputo]





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