Slavery and Forced Labor in Asia c. 1250-1900

Damian Pargas and Jeff Fynn-Paul, both from History, have been awarded a seed grant for their LSSA conference on Slavery and Forced Labor in Asia. Grant Amount: €5.000 (November 2016).

The Leiden Slavery Studies Association (LSSA) is pleased to announce that it will host its second biennial conference on 1-3 June 2017. This year the conference theme is "Slavery and Forced Labor in Asia, c.1250-c.1900: Continuities and Transformations in Comparative Perspective." Although pioneering researchers such as Anthony Reid and James F. Warren paved the way for a greater understanding of slavery in Asia, chattel, debt, and forced labor in Asia have not figured prominently in research on slavery as a global phenomenon. Taking advantage of a recent surge in Asian slavery studies in The Netherlands, this conference seeks to bring Asia fully into the discourse on global slavery by bringing together scholars who work on slavery and forced labor across the region between the mid-thirteenth and early twentieth-centuries. Both Anthony Reid and James Warren have agreed to give the keynote talks.

The goal of the LSSA conference series is to examine slave systems in comparative perspective and situate them in broader regional and pan-regional contexts. The conference will therefore feature papers and panels that address topics such as:

Selected papers from the conference will be published in an edited volume with the Brill series Studies in Global Slavery.

For more information please contact the conference organizers:
Dr. Richard B. Allen,
Dr. Jeff Fynn-Paul,

Last Modified: 25-11-2016