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Africa and Slavery in Context

The legacies of slavery do remain. The lecture focuses on this legacy, and on the globalization generated by slavery and its aftermath, dwelling on three ideas: how slavery has impacted African history; the continued existence of slavery in the modern world; and the current discussions on new categories of exploitation.
When Feb 02, 2007
from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Where 102 Weaver Building
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Contact Phone 814-863-5911
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Head shot for eventToyin Falola 

Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History, University of Texas at Austin

Toyin Falola, Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters and Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria, is a Distinguished Teaching Professor and the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of numerous books, including Violence in Nigeria: The Crisis of Religious Politics and Secular Ideologies andNationalism and African Intellectuals, both from the University of Rochester Press. He is the co-editor of the Journal of African Economic History, Series Editor of Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora, Series Editor of the Culture and Customs of Africa by Greenwood Press, and Series Editor of Classic Authors and Texts on Africa by Africa World Press. He has received various awards and honors, most recently the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, the Texas Exes Teaching Award, the Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award, the Cecil B. Currey Award for his book, Economic Reforms and Modernization in Nigeria. For his distinguished contribution to the study of Africa, his students and colleagues have presented him with a set of three Festschriften, two edited by Adebayo Oyebade, The Transformation of Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola andThe Foundations of Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola, and one by Akin Ogundiran,Precolonial Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola. His award-winning memoir, A Mouth Sweeter than Salt, captures his childhood and received the Herskovits Finalist Award by the Association of African Studies and the E. Alagoa Award by the Oral History Association.

Africa and Slavery in Context

The legacies of slavery do remain. The lecture focuses on this legacy, and on the globalization generated by slavery and its aftermath, dwelling on three ideas: how slavery has impacted African history; the continued existence of slavery in the modern world; and the current discussions on new categories of exploitation. No topic illustrates the African location in the international system better than slavery, both as an institution and as commerce. While chattel slavery is virtually dead in most parts of the world, new categories and processes of exploitation have emerged in ways that bring us back to the characteristics that defined slavery in the past. The Atlantic slave trade, colonialism, the cold war, and the lingering economic status of Africa as a dependent continent are some of the most critical historical developments that tie Africa to the rest of the world. Of those ties, slavery and the slave trade remain the most compelling, their impact lingering to this day. A social institution connected with commerce produced a culture that manifested the intricacies and dangers of globalization.