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Centre for the Study of the Literatures and Cultures of Slavery


The Centre for the Study of the Literatures and Cultures of Slavery (CLCS) connects a series of research initiatives related to modern (1440-) forms of slavery and their past and present repercussions across continents. The centre has three main areas of inquiry:

  1. The relationship between slavery and cultural production in the colonial world.
  2. The processing of the memory and inheritance of slavery in its different forms in contemporary art and literature.
  3. Cultural and literary reflections and interventions in relation to contemporary forms of slavery.

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The centre houses the research project Authoring slavery: Authorship and agency in narratives of slavery in Ghana funded by the Independent Research Fund, Denmark 

Until 2019 the centre was the home of the research project Reading slavery funded by the Velux Foundation

Mads Anders Baggesgaards research project The Freest Port? Slavery and Literature in St. Thomas is supported by the Carlsberg Foundation


10.06.2021 | Presseklip

Podcast w.Mads Anders Baggesgaard on legacies of slavery

Bla bla podcast by Aarhus Studenterradio (in Danish)

11.05.2021 | Udgivelse

Lire et narrer le post-esclavage

Special issue of the journal Esclavages & post~esclavages/Slaveries & Post~Slaveries edited by Mads Anders Baggesgaard and Lotte Pelckmans

08.09.2020 | Seminar

Kolonialismens vedholdenhed/The persistence of colonialism

Lecture series in collaboration with Kunsthal Aarhus 2021-22

man 02 aug
09:00-22:23 | Online
Reading narratives of slavery, memory and human rights
AU Summer University course
ons 25 aug
09:15-17:30 | Roskilde
PhD course: Ecocritism, Communication Ecology and Mobility: Representations of History and Landscapes in the Caribbean and Beyond
Organized in cooperation with the Doctoral School of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University and the PhD Programme for Art, Literature and Cultural Studies, Aarhus University
ons 09 dec
16:00-18:00 | Kunsthal Aarhus
Kolonialisme: En nordisk virkelighed
Kolonialismens vedholdenhed #4
tor 05 nov
19:00-21:00 | Aarhus Kunsthal
Pandemic Power Structures
The Persistence of Colonialism #3 - talk with Achille Mbembe og Jens Seeberg
tor 22 okt
15:00-18:00 | Kunsthal Aarhus
Den videndes magt
Kolonialismens vedholdenhed #2
ons 21 okt
19:00-21:00 | Kunsthal Aarhus
Filmklub: White Material
Introduktion ved Karen Margrethe Simonsen og Mads Anders Baggesgaard
ons 07 okt
15:00-18:00 | Kunsthal Aarhus
Kolonialismens fysiske spor
Kolonialismens vedholdenhed #1
ons 29 apr
12:22-12:22 | Puerto Rico
The Virgin Islands in the Colonial Imaginary - postponed to 2022
Stream at the conference Colonial Entanglements held by the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study
tor 16 jan
13:00-16:15 | Bygning 1463, lokale 515
Seminar om historie, sprog og litteratur i Caribisk kontekst
ons 20 nov
13:00-16:00 | Lille sal, Langelandsgade 143
Images of present-day slavery
Opening seminar for the Centre for the Study of the Literatures and Cultures of Slavery November 20, 2019, Aarhus University, Langelandsgade 141
man 07 okt
12:14-12:14 | Aarhus
Ph.d. Conference: Alternative Geographies – New Perspectives on Art and Literature in a Global Age
Ph.D. conference, Aarhus University, October 7-9, 2019, in collaboration with Nanjing University
tor 29 aug
22:49-22:49 | Kaløvig
Horror Stories and Freedom Fighters: Nineteenth-Century Representations of the Caribbean
Workshop, Kaløvig centret

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