12-14 April 2007
King's Manor, University of York
The University of York is organising an international bicentenary conference looking at the meaning and impact across the Atlantic world of the formal abolition of the slave trade in 1807. The city of York was one of the political arenas in which the abolitionist William Wilberforce fought the cause, and the department of history has long been associated with pioneering scholarship on the history of slavery and black studies in the UK.
Conference sessions will be held on: the consequences of abolition in Africa, the Caribbean, and for the major European powers; the memory of abolition in the Atlantic ports; literature and emancipation; and the legacy and heritage of abolition in the 20th century.