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TLRH | Unfreedom in the Premodern World: Comparative Perspectives on Slavery, Servitude & Captivity

Thursday, 23 June, 10am – Friday, 24 June 2022, 4pm

TLRH | Unfreedom in the Premodern World: Comparative Perspectives on Slavery, Servitude & Captivity

A two-day conference organised by the School of Histories and Humanities, TCD, supported by the Irish Research Council, the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) and the Trinity Long Room Hub.

The global history of slavery and dependency has flourished in recent years, as scholars have deployed new theories and methodologies to explore the varieties of unfreedom across a range of regions and societies. Although the periods prior to European colonial expansion remain comparatively understudied, these societies present enormous opportunities to explore key questions and to push the boundaries of the wider history of slavery and dependency. Unfreedom in the Premodern World: Slavery, Servitude and Captivity in Comparative Perspectives brings together scholars studying a wide range of regions and periods to address common themes and questions in the history of slavery and to build towards a comparative and collaborative global approach. The conference will be held over two days (June 23rd & June 24th, 2022) at the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin’s Arts and Humanities research centre. Keynote lectures will be delivered by Prof. Hannah Barker (Arizona State University) and Prof. Stefan Brink (Cambridge/UHI/Uppsala). Registration and attendance are free and open to all. For queries, full programme information, and to register, please contact the conference organiser, Dr. Niall Ó Súilleabháin (

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Conferences
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Researchers, Postgrad, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Dr. Niall Ó Súilleabháin

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