Journal of Global Slavery

The Journal of Global Slavery (JGS) aims to advance and promote a greater understanding of slavery and post-slavery from comparative, transregional, and/or global perspectives, as well as methodological and theoretical aspects of its study. It especially underscores the global and globalizing nature of slavery in world history.

As a practice in which human beings were held captive for an indefinite period of time, coerced into extremely dependent and exploitative power relationships, denied rights (including potentially rights over their labor, lives, and bodies), could be bought and sold, were vulnerable to forced relocation by various means, and forced to labor against their will, slavery in one form or another has existed in innumerable societies throughout history. JGS fosters a global view of slavery by integrating the latest scholarship from around the world and providing an interdisciplinary platform for scholars working on slavery in regions as diverse as ancient Rome, Pre-Colombian Mexico, Han dynasty China, the Ottoman Empire, the antebellum United States, and twenty-first-century Mali.

The journal also promotes a view of slavery as a globalizing force in the development of world civilizations. Global history focuses heavily upon the global movement of people, goods, and ideas, with a particular emphasis on processes of integration and divergence in the human experience. Slavery straddles all of these focal points, as it connected and integrated various societies through economic and power-based relationships, and simultaneously divided societies by class, race, ethnicity, and cultural group.

JGS is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles based on original research, book reviews, short notes and communications, and special issues. It especially invites articles that situate studies of slavery (whether historical or modern-day forms) in explicitly comparative, transregional, and/or global contexts. Themes may include (but are not limited to):
• the different and changing social, cultural, and legal meanings of slavery across time and space;
• the roles that slavery has played in the development of intersecting and interdependent relationships between societies throughout world history;
• comparative practices of enslavement (through warfare, indebtedness, trade, etc.);
• human trafficking and forced migration;
• transregional dialogues and the movement of ideas and practices of slavery and anti-slavery across space;
• slave cultures and cultural transfer;
• political, economic, and ideological causes and effects of slavery;
• religion and slavery;
• resistance;
• abolition, emancipation, and manumission practices from global or comparative perspectives;
• the psychological effects, memories, legacies, and representations of slave practices.

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Damian Alan Pargas, Leiden University ( Send email)

Book Review Editor
Benedetta Rossi, University of Birmingham

Area Editors
Sub-Saharan Africa (contemporary): Eric Hahonou, University of Roskilde
Sub-Saharan Africa (historical): Olatunji Ojo, Brock University
Asia: Kerry Ward, Rice University
Near East and North Africa: Ismael Montana, Northern Illinois University
Europe/Mediterranean: Jeff Fynn-Paul, Leiden University
Americas (Latin America): Alex Borucki, University of California, Irvine
Americas (Caribbean): Karwan Fatah-Black, Leiden University
* Submissions on North American slavery will be handled by the managing editor

Advisory Board
Omar H. Ali, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Jean Allain, Monash University
Richard B. Allen, Framingham State University
Edward A. Alpers, UCLA
Felicitas Becker, University of Cambridge
Abdelilah Benmlih, University of Fès
Debra Blumenthal, UC-Santa Barbara
Marcus Carvalho, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
Pamela Crossley, Dartmouth College
Seymour Drescher, University of Pittsburgh
Richard Eaton, University of Arizona
Stanley Engerman, University of Rochester
Roquinaldo Ferreira, Brown University
Ana Frega, Universidad de la República, Montevideo
Jennifer Glancy, Le Moyne College
Jesús Guanche Peréz, Universidad de Habana
Milton Guran, Universidade de Brasilia
Stefan Hanβ, University of Cambridge
Luuk de Ligt, Leiden University
Paul Lovejoy, York University
Aurelia Martín Casares, University of Granada
Joseph C. Miller, University of Virginia
Beatrice Nicolini, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan
Ugo Nwokeji, University of California – Berkeley
Joel Quirk, University of Witwatersrand
Junius P. Rodriguez, Eureka College
Robert Ross, Leiden University
John David Smith, University of North Carolina – Charlotte
Ehud R. Toledano, Tel Aviv University
Konstantinos Vlassopoulos, University of Nottingham
Holger Weiss, Abo Akademie University
Nigel Worden, University of Cape Town

Editorial Assistants
Oran Kennedy, Leiden University
Thomas Mareite, Leiden University
Viola Müller, Leiden University
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