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EURESCL - Slave trade, slavery, abolitions and their legacies in European histories and identies


The objective of this project is to put back slaves trade and slavery in the history of Europe; global history to be built; national histories to be put into correlation between them and, in the case of transatlantic slavery and slaves trade, with their colonies or their extra-European zones of influence.

Within this context, it has the more specific target of studying the multiple genealogies of the “Black”, the “Afro-descendants” and the “Black Diaspora” issues in Europe, in order to tackle the definition of European identity.

The approach to these questions will be a multidisciplinary one, between historians, geographers, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists, jurists and educationalists.

The project has two components: research, thanks to the network that has been created among European research centres and valortisation of the research through the elaboration of educational tools for the teaching of slaves trade and slavery.

Proposal: 217624
Funding scheme: Collaborative project (small and medium scale focused research project)
Activity Activity 5 - The citizen in the European Union
Research area: Diversities and commonalities in Europe
Topic: Histories and indentities - Articulating national and European identities
Estimated EC contribution: €1 490 171
Starting date: 01.03.2008
Duration: 48 months
Title: Slave trade, slavery, abolitions and their legacies in European histories and identies
Acronym: EURESCL
Keywords: -
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Coordinator: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Centre de Recherche sur les Pouvoirs Locaux dans la Caraïbe
FR - Paris
Partners' List:
  • University of Hull
    Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery
    and Emancipation
    UK – Hull
  • University of Porto, CEAUP
    Maciel SANTOS
    PT – Porto
  • Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar Histoire
    Ibrahima THIOUB
    SN – Dakar
  • Centre Français d’Études Mexicaines
    et Centraméricaines, CEMCA
    Odile HOFFMANN
    MX – Mexico City
  • York University
    Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global
    Migrations of African Peoples
    Paul E. LOVEJOY
    CA – Toronto
  • Danish National Archives
    Erik GOEBEL
    DK – Copenhagen
  • Casa de Velazquez
    Daniel BALOUP
    ES – Madrid
  • Université d’état d’Haïti
    Faculté des Sciences Humaines
    Michel ORIOL
    HT – Port-au-Prince
EC Scientific Officer: DG RTD.B
Contact: Simon SCHUNZ