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Authoring slavery

Authorship and agency in narratives of slavery in Ghana

This collective research project with participation of researchers from Denmark and Ghana engages with contemporary imprints of the complex history of slavery in Ghana, asking the question: How does authorship condition political agency in narratives of slavery in Ghana? The project entails a close collaboration between Danish and Ghanaian researchers working together through a series of seminars and events in both countries. Our central hypothesis is that the contemporary political and cultural narratives related to the contested history of slavery have been shaped through strategic uses of different forms of authorship.. We investigate this thesis through three secondary research questions: 1) How do forms of authorship shape narratives on the memory of slavery in Ghana? 2) How are forms of authorship used to sustain and develop political positions in relation to slavery in Ghana. 3) How do forms of authorship in Ghana reproduce and/or counter global discourses on slavery, aid and human rights?

The project runs from June 2021 to May 2024

The project is sponsored by the Independent Research Fund, Denmark

 


Participants

Frits Andersen, Professor in Comparative Literature, Aarhus University

Kofi Anyidoho, Professor of Literature, Department of English, University of Ghana, Legon

Mads Anders Baggesgaard, PI, Associate Professor in Comparative Literature, Aarhus University

William Nsuiban Gmayi, Ghana Museums and Monuments Board 

Anne Green Munk, Postdoc, Comparative Literature, Aarhus University

Lotte Pelckmans, Associate Professor, Centre for Advanced Migration Studies, Copenhagen University

Emmanuel Saboro, Senior Lecturer, Centre for African and International Studies, University of Cape Coast

Karen Margrethe Simonsen, Associate Professor in Comparative Literature, Aarhus University

Helen Atawube Yitah, Professor, Department of English, University of Ghana


News

Visiting professor

Sep. 2022 the centre will be welcoming prof. Biljana Oklopčić as a visiting scholar.

CfP out for conference:

Authoring Human Rights in West Africa and beyond: Expressions of Slaveries in Literature (texts) and the Arts (visuals)

- University of Cape Coast, Ghana, January 30 - February 1, 2023

 

Deadline for abstracts October 1, 2022

Research visit and seminar in Ghana

In Feb. 2002 the Danish researchers undertook their first joint research visit to Ghana and held a two day seminar at the University of Ghana, Legon

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Upcoming events

Authoring Human Rights in West Africa and beyond: Expressions of slaveries in Literature (texts) and the Arts (visuals)

30 Jan
3 days, Monday 30 January 2023, at 09:00 - 1 February University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Seminar at University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Past events

“Drownd herself” : Female Slave Suicides in the American South - talk by Prof. Biljana Oklopčić

28 Sep
Wednesday 28 September 2022, at 12:00 Room 1580-249

In these weeks the Centre for the Study of the Literatures and Cultures of Slavey  have the pleasure of hosting Prof. Biljana Oklopcic from the…

Authoring slavery project - Two-day seminar in Accra

1 Feb
2 days, Tuesday 1 February 2022, at 09:00 - 2 February University of Ghana, Legon

Two day seminar with Danish and Ghanaian researchers

Kolonialisme: En nordisk virkelighed

9 Dec
Wednesday 9 December 2020, at 16:00 Kunsthal Aarhus

Kolonialismens vedholdenhed #4

Den videndes magt

22 Oct
Thursday 22 October 2020, at 15:00 Kunsthal Aarhus

Kolonialismens vedholdenhed #2

Kolonialismens fysiske spor

7 Oct
Wednesday 7 October 2020, at 15:00 Kunsthal Aarhus

Kolonialismens vedholdenhed #1

The Virgin Islands in the Colonial Imaginary - postponed to 2022

29 Apr
4 days, Wednesday 29 April 2020, at 12:22 - 2 May Puerto Rico

Stream at the conference Colonial Entanglements held by the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study

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