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After Serfdom and Slavery. Intellectual Legacies and Cultural Memories

Dates:
  • Tue 25 Oct 2016 17.10 - 19.00
  Add to Calendar 2016-10-25 17:10 2016-10-25 19:00 Europe/Paris After Serfdom and Slavery. Intellectual Legacies and Cultural Memories

Slavery constitutes a powerful mechanism of cultural memory and social interaction even many years following its official abolition as an institution. To this day, the former slavery traumatic experience produces a strong effect on the shaping of various spheres of life in contemporary societies. There is a long international tradition of studying the historical, economic and sociological aspects of modern slavery. Scholars working in comparative and post-colonial fields, especially in Black Atlantic Studies, have made significant contribution to problematizing the phenomenon of slavery in the modern and postmodern world. However, from a vast sea of different approaches, Irina Prokhorova would like to track down the least explored but potentially the most productive trend which focuses on the anthropological analysis of the consequences of slavery in historical and comparative perspective. This approach allows us to formulate the most important problems and challenges facing the present day world community: - An uneasy relationship of slavery with the concept of modernity - The influence of slavery on collective consciousness, everyday practices, individual and communal lifestyles of different societies - The impact of slavery on the formation of ethical and moral norms, gender roles, body and sexual practices, inter-racial relationships - The role of commemorative practices in transferring the intellectual legacy of slavery - Dissemination of slavery experience across various art forms, intellectual reflection and in mass media - Economic and legal consequences of slavery in countries where it was an institution

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  Sala del Consiglio

Slavery constitutes a powerful mechanism of cultural memory and social interaction even many years following its official abolition as an institution. To this day, the former slavery traumatic experience produces a strong effect on the shaping of various spheres of life in contemporary societies. There is a long international tradition of studying the historical, economic and sociological aspects of modern slavery. Scholars working in comparative and post-colonial fields, especially in Black Atlantic Studies, have made significant contribution to problematizing the phenomenon of slavery in the modern and postmodern world. However, from a vast sea of different approaches, Irina Prokhorova would like to track down the least explored but potentially the most productive trend which focuses on the anthropological analysis of the consequences of slavery in historical and comparative perspective. This approach allows us to formulate the most important problems and challenges facing the present day world community: - An uneasy relationship of slavery with the concept of modernity - The influence of slavery on collective consciousness, everyday practices, individual and communal lifestyles of different societies - The impact of slavery on the formation of ethical and moral norms, gender roles, body and sexual practices, inter-racial relationships - The role of commemorative practices in transferring the intellectual legacy of slavery - Dissemination of slavery experience across various art forms, intellectual reflection and in mass media - Economic and legal consequences of slavery in countries where it was an institution


Location:
Sala del Consiglio

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Lecture

Organiser:
Alexander Etkind (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)

Contact:
Fabrizio Borchi (EUI - Department of History and Civilization) - Send a mail

Speaker:
Irina Prokhorova (New Literary Observer)

Discussant:
Kate Brown (University of Maryland Baltimore County, EUI Fernand Braudel Fellow)
 
 

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