Conference "Capture, Bondage and Forced Relocation in Asia (1400-1900)

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Type: 
Conference
Date: 
March 13, 2019 to March 14, 2019
Location: 
France
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Labor History / Studies, Slavery

Capture, Bondage and Forced Relocation in Asia International conference

Organized by the East Asia Institute, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, FRANCE

Location : Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France

Dates : 13-14 March, 2019

Short presentation

Inspired by early data that suggests slave trading in Asia may have been comparable in size to slavery in the Atlantic world, this conference aims to move beyond the Atlantic as a model of inquiry, with its attendant Eurocentric biases. We aim to investigate slavery and slave trading in Asia in all its historical depth and social, economic, political, and cultural complexity. Bringing together specialists of colonial slave trading and of local bondage structures, this conference will foster a more complete picture of the dynamics of forced human transfers and trafficking in early modern Asia. It will also highlight digital humanities projects that seek to quantify and map slave trading networks in Asia. 

Program

MARCH 13, 2019 

ENS-Lyon Descartes Site (15 Parvis René Descartes) Room D2.034

9.00 Welcome (Béatrice Jaluzot, IEP Lyon, Director of East Asian Institute)
Panel I – 9.15-10.45
Discussant: Richard Allen (Framingham State University)
• Domestic slavery in eighteenth-century Dutch Ceylon: The case of
Jaff napatnam, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
Lodewijk Wagenaar (University of Amsterdam)
• Making of a domestic slave: Capture and bondage in 19th century India
Akanksha Kukreja (University of Delhi)
• Regulating mobility of slaves in Cochin and Batavia
Alexander Geelen (IISH, Amsterdam)
Panel II – 11.15-12.45
Discussant: Paola Calanca (Ecole Française d’Extrême Orient)
• The structure of the slave trade along the Southern Chinese coastline
in the 16th century
James Fujitani (Azusa Pacifi c University)
• The link between captivity and slavery in the Ming context across diff erent
borderland: Coast, Inner Mongolia, and Southwest Zomia
Fei Si-yen (Penn State University)
Panel III – 2.30-4.00
Discussant: Pierre-Yves Manguin (Ecole Française d’Extrême Orient)
• Of slave material: Indigenous forms of slavery in late colonial Indonesia
Emilie Wellfelt (Stockholm University)
• Slaves and bondsmen on Sumbawa: changes in bonded labour relations
on an Indonesian island, 17th-20th centuries
Hans Hägerdal (Linnaeus University)
• The systemic character of servitude in island Southeast Asia
Jennifer Gaynor (University at Buff alo, State University of New York)
Panel IV – 4.30-5.30
Discussant: Anas Ansar (Bonn Centre for Dependency and Slavery Studies)
• Colonisers, slaves and go-betweens: The varying roles of Swedish
18th-century prisoners of war in Central Asia
Lisa Hellman (Freie Universität Berlin)
• Buying and selling dependent peasants in Tibet: Legal terminology for
something that offi cially did not exist
Jeannine Bischoff (Bonn Centre for Dependency and Slavery Studies)

MARCH 14, 2019

ENS-Lyon Monod Site (46 allée d’Italie), Salle des conseils, Grand Nef 1-2

Panel V – 9.00-10.30
Discussant: Jennifer Gaynor (University at Buff alo, State University of New York)
• Slavery and forced displacement in the Portuguese empire in Asia: local
dynamics and global connections between Goa and Lisbon (17th century)
Patricia Souza de Faria (Federal Rural Univ. Rio de Janeiro)
• Emancipation at the Cape: First thoughts on a new project
Kate Ekama (Stellenbosch University)
• The role of children in forced migrations, slavery and slave traffi cking
Michael Reidy (London)
Panel VI – 11.15-12.30
Discussant: Ulbe Bosma (IISH)
• Bonded labour in the fi rst half of the 20th century Persian Gulf:
A quantitative approach
Hideaki Suzuki (Nagasaki University)
• Malagasi slave resistances, 17th-18th centuries
Rafaël Thiébaut (IISH, Amsterdam)
Special Session – 2.00-3.30: Database Projects
Discussant: Stephan Connerman (University of Bonn—BCDSS)
• Towards a database initiative on slave trade in the Indian Ocean
and maritime Asia
Ulbe Bosma (IISH), Ma# hias van Rossum (IISH), Samantha Sint Nicolaas (IISH)
• An exploratory database project: Slavery and slave trade
in late imperial China
Fei Siyen & Claude Chevaleyre
• GECEM Project Database: A Multi-Relational Database to Analyse
Consumption and Trade Networks in Marseille and Macao, 1680-1840
Manuel Pérez García (Shanghai Jiao Tong University / P.I. GECEM Project-ERC)
& Lucio de Sousa (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
• Discussion: Database projects (fi rst results and future developments)
Round Table – 4.15-6.00
Conclusions, perspec• ves, projects, and publica• on
• Richard Allen, Stephan Connerman, Jennifer Gaynor, Michaël Zeuske

 

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