International research on the slave trade
The Archaeology Faculty participates in an international research network, focusing on the slave trade of the 15th to the 19th century. The network, Eurotast, has been awarded a European subsidy of 4.3 million euro.
The trans-Atlantic slave trade of the 15th to the 19th century is one of the most traumatic chapters in history and has been widely recognised as a crime against humanity.
Eurotast is a new international network that will focus on studying the effects of this period of slavery until 2015. In this context, 15 young researchers, from various universities, will be stationed at partner institutions of Eurotast. These researchers have been chosen from a number of disciplines, such as history, archaeology, genetics and social anthropology.
The Archaeology Faculty, says that Eurotast ‘will bring together an unheard of variety of researchers.’ Professor Corinne Hofman and Dr. Jay Haviser of the Archaeology faculty represent Leiden University within Eurotast.
The project is financed by the ‘Marie Curie Actions’, a European Commission fund that supports projects in which young researchers are given the opportunity to gain experience.