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Anti-Slavery and Australia

17 December 2015 - 18 December 2015

Slavery and anti‐slavery movements have been long entwined with Australia’s politics, history, and activist campaigns, part of an international and national history that in the mid nineteenth century saw the end of the formal Atlantic slave trade but the rise of indenture and other forms of unfree labour. Anti‐slavery was, among many other things, a critique of empire and colonialism.

This symposium will explore the stories, events, people and world views of anti‐slavery from the nineteenth century to the present, the impact of international movements in Australia and overseas on the history of settler colonialism in Australia; and the ways in which the history of anti‐slavery has contributed to the transnational movement against sexual and labour enslavement.

Thursday 17 December 2015, 5.00–7.00pm
Public lecture and panel discussion: Anti-Slavery and Australia
Chaired by Kate Evans, Radio National
State Library of Queensland, Brisbane

Friday 18 December 2015, 9.00am – 5.00pm
Symposium: Anti-Slavery and Australia
Confirmed speakers include Kevin Grant (Hamilton College, NY), Philippa Levine (University of Austin, Texas), Jane Lydon (University of Western Australia), Emma Christopher (University of Technology, Sydney)
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Friday 18 December 2015, 2.45–5.30pm
Documentary screening: Anti-Slavery and Australia
A screening of the United Nations’ Remembrance of Slavery film for 2015 They are We with producer and director Emma Christopher
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbae

This symposium is convened by Professor Fiona Paisley, Griffith University.


17 December 2015
18 December 2015
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Stanley Place, South Brisbane
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