Journal of Global Slavery: Call for article submissions

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Journal of Global Slavery

Call for article submissions


The Journal of Global Slavery (JGS) aims to advance and promote a greater understanding

of slavery and post-slavery from comparative, transregional, and/or global perspectives. It

especially underscores the global and globalizing nature of slavery in world history.


As a practice in which human beings were held captive for an indefinite period of time,

coerced into extremely dependent and exploitative power relationships, denied rights

(including potentially rights over their labor, lives, and bodies), could be bought and sold,

were vulnerable to forced relocation by various means, and forced to labor against their

will, slavery in one form or another has existed in innumerable societies throughout

history. JGS fosters a global view of slavery by integrating the latest scholarship from

around the world and providing an interdisciplinary platform for scholars working on

slavery in regions as diverse as ancient Rome, Pre-Colombian Mexico, Han dynasty China,

the Ottoman Empire, the antebellum United States, and twenty-first-century Mali.


The journal also promotes a view of slavery as a globalizing force in the development of

world civilizations. Global history focuses heavily upon the global movement of people,

goods, and ideas, with a particular emphasis on processes of integration and divergence

in the human experience. Slavery straddles all of these focal points, as it connected

and integrated various societies through economic and power-based relationships, and

simultaneously divided societies by class, race, ethnicity, and cultural group.


JGS is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles based on original research, book

reviews, short notes and communications, and special issues. It especially invites articles and special issues

that situate studies of slavery (whether historical or modern-day forms) in explicitly

comparative, transregional, and/or global contexts.


Call for submissions

Essays (between 8,000-10,000 words) should be written in American English, and

conform to The Chicago Manual of Style (15th Edition). Authors should provide an

abstract of approximately 150 words and 5-8 key words. Detailed submission instructions

can be found here:


Articles for consideration can be submitted online via Editorial Manager, found here:

For further information about how to submit articles, please contact

Damian Alan Pargas:


Managing Editor:

Damian Alan Pargas, Leiden University


Book Review Editor:

Benedetta Rossi, University of Birmingham


Area Editors:

Sub-Saharan Africa (contemporary): Eric Hahonou, University of Roskilde

Sub-Saharan Africa (historical): Olatunji Ojo, Brock University

Asia: Kerry Ward, Rice University

Near East and North Africa: Ismael Montana, Northern Illinois University

Europe/Mediterranean: Jeff Fynn-Paul, Leiden University

Americas (Latin America): Alex Borucki, University of California, Irvine

Americas (Caribbean): Karwan Fatah-Black, Leiden University

*Submissions on North American slavery will be handled by the managing editor


Advisory Board:

Pamela Crossley, Dartmouth College, Seymour Drescher, University of Pittsburgh, Stanley Engerman, University of Rochester, Roquinaldo Ferreira, Brown University, Luuk de Ligt, Leiden University, Paul Lovejoy,York University, Ugo Nwokeji, University of California, Berkeley, Ehud R. Toledano, TelAviv University, Nigel Worden, University of Cape Town, John David Smith, Universityof North Carolina, Charlotte, Jennifer Glancy, Le Moyne College, Aurelia Martín Casares, University of Granada, Robert Ross, Leiden University, Omar H. Ali, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Junius P. Rodriguez, Eureka College, Holger Weiss, Abo Akademie University, Richard Eaton, University of Arizona, Edward A. Alpers, University of California, Los Angeles, Richard B. Allen, Framingham State University, Debra Blumenthal, University of California, Santa Barbara, Stefan Haβ, Freie Universität Berlin, Felicitas Becker, Cambridge University, Joel Quirk, University of Witwatersrand, Marcus Carvalho, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Beatrice Nicolini, Universittá Catolica del Sacro Cuoro, Milan, Konstantinos Vlassopoulos, University of Nottingham, Abdelilah Benmlih, University of Fès, Ana Frega, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Milton Guran, Universidade de Brasilia, Jesús Guanche Peréz, Universidad de Habana, Jean Allain, Queen’s University Belfast