National and EU grants awarded to GI Affiliates in 2015
Karwan Fatah-Black, Institute for History
VENI for Paths through slavery: urban slave agency and empowerment in Suriname, 1700-1863
Despite inhumanely difficult living conditions, some slave families in Paramaribo were able to improve their lives through their own efforts. Historians generally only look at slavery on plantations and at large scale resistance to slavery. In contrast, this project sheds light on how - usually female - slaves in the city found their way to liberty for themselves and their families, through personal relations, trade and even judicial hearings.