Network

Partner Institutions | Associated Researchers

The team that has been assembled for this MCRI project highlights clusters of researchers from different disciplines and from different parts of the African diaspora. Our network brings far-flung and diverse scholars and organizations together into a synergistic learning community that benefits all participants and enables the mobilization of knowledge for social policy implementation in labour law, emerging international law on reparations, human rights, gender, sexual slavery, immigration, and political and social integration. A critical aim is to cultivate the opportunity for artistic creation to serve as a means in which and through which recognition and memory sharing can better inform our understanding of history and society. The purpose of our project is to capture the interrelationships between ideas, people, institutions, and a plan for implementation of a complex, interlocking network of researchers in Canada and other countries who are involved in research activities that can receive institutional support from the Tubman Institute. As shown in Appendix IV, team members form clusters according to thematic area of specialization (demography, ethnicity/identity, biography, diaspora linkages, memory/patrimoine, legal constructs, citizenship) and different worlds. International collaboration is central to the implementation of this research initiative because of this global perspective.

Our co-applicants have a sustained track record of collaboration in various team configurations, as reflected in publications, joint supervision of graduate students, and the organization of workshops, symposia and conferences. The program of research is organized around overlapping clusters of researchers and graduate students, therefore. Until now the overlapping and complex patterns of slavery have usually been studied in isolation, reflecting linguistic and political boundaries as well as epistemological, cultural and linguistic barriers. We are convinced that a collaborative network that includes English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, and indeed Yoruba, Hausa, Farsi, Turkish, Swahili, and other languages. Our effort is to erode the linguistic barriers that have inhibited coherent and comprehensive scholarly inquiry and enhance the analysis of slavery in the past and in the present. An examination of the areas of expertise of the participants in this proposal demonstrates that our networking not only crosses linguistic barriers but also concentrates expertise on the regions in which slavery was important historically, including areas of Africa, the Spanish, French and Anglo Caribbean, and the circum-Caribbean region from Colombia through Central America to the southern United States, the Lusophone South Atlantic from west central Africa to Brazil, the UGRR and the history of blacks in Canada, as well as the Islamic world, and the Indian Ocean. As can be seen in Appendix IV our expertise is concentrated in different parts of the Atlantic world, including the various parts of the America (North America, Caribbean, Hispanic America, Brazil) and western Africa, but we have sufficient expertise in the Islamic world, the Indian Ocean and the contemporary world to allow comparison.