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Recent Discussion Posts

Re: Slavery and Caste in Mauritania

I was very pleased to see someone as well known as historian Martin Klein calling for more scholars to pay attention to what is currently happening in the West African country of Mauritania. Dr. Klein highlighted some of the basics of the arrests of and verdicts for members of IRA and Kaawtal as well as for Mohamed Cheikh ould Mohamed ould Mkheitir; however, I’d like to offer some additional sources to provide some small correctives to Dr. Klein’s summary and more information to flesh out some of the larger political and social contexts.


19th C science in Africa: project funding for EU citizens

The National Maritime Museum in the UK is offering 2 funded projects for UK/EU citizens interested in 19th C science in Africa.


  • 6 week Student Internship (suitable for MA students, PhD students, postdocs). Science in Southern Africa: the use of chronometers in the Royal Navy survey of Africa 1822-26 Deadline 31 March 2015.  


CFP: "African Slavery in Qajar Iran" ELEVENTH BIENNIAL IRANIAN STUDIES CONFERENCE (2-5 Aug. 2016, Vienna)

Dear Colleagues,
I am writing to you to see if you are interested to be part of panel “African Slavery in Qajar Iran” which I am going to propose for ELEVENTH BIENNIAL IRANIAN STUDIES CONFERENCE which will be held in University of Vienna between 2-5 Aug. 2016.

Slavery and Caste in Mauritania

Most members of this list are aware that Mauritania was one of the last countries in which slavery was legal. Mauritania provided evidence of the existence of slavery when it was abolished in 1981. Unfortunately, there was no enforcement and not even any criminal penalties. In 2007, a new law established criminal penalties, but that too has not been enforced. Mauritania did, however, permit former slaves and people known as haratin to organize and campaign for an end to slavery and to the disabilities and stigmas born by people of servile origins.