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Being Everybody’s Slaves. Public Slavery in the Ancient and Modern World

Date/Time: 22-24 March 2018

Venue: Newcastle University

This international conference brings together some of the most prominent experts of ancient and modern slavery to discuss central methodological issues and focus on the interpretation of the concept of ‘public’ slavery. The aim is to provide a methodologically up-to-date discussion of the nature of public slavery, introducing for the first time a theoretical and comparative approach to public slavery, both in Rome and in the early modern and modern periods.
Speakers will include Jean-Jacques Aubert (Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland), Andrea Binsfeld (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg), Anne Brogini (Université de Nice, France), Paulin Ismard (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France), Sandra Joshel (University of Washington, USA), Franco Luciani (Newcastle University), Nida Nebahat Nalçacı (Bilkent Üniversitesi, Turkey), M’hamed Oualdi (Princeton University, USA), Orlando Patterson (Harvard University, USA), Nicholas Purcell (University of Oxford), Benedetta Rossi (University of Birmingham), Ulrike Roth (University of Edinburgh), Federico Santangelo (Newcastle University), Rebecca Schumway (College of Charleston, USA), Ahmadou Séhou (Université de Maroua, Cameroon), Vijayalakshmi Teelock (University of Mauritius, Mauritius), Jane Webster (Newcastle University), Alexander Weiß (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany).
The conference is part of the ‘Servi Publici: Everybody’s Slaves (SPES)’ project, carried out by Dr Franco Luciani at Newcastle University and has received funding from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. 

Read updates on the HCA blog Polaris. Contact Franco Luciani with enquiries. 







Silver cup from Boscoreale, also known as “Tiberius cup” (end of the Tiberian age): a public slave is placing a victory crown over Tiberius’ head.