20-21 APRIL 2022

A two-day in-person symposium organised by Trevor Burnard (Wilberforce Institute, University of Hull), Élodie Peyrol-Kleiber (Université de Poitiers), Mélanie Cournil (Université de Paris Sorbonne) and Agnès Delahaye (Université Lumière Lyon 2)

Contact eeasa2022hull@gmail.com for more details

20 April 2022

10.00 Coffee and Welcome: Trevor Burnard, University of Hull

10.30 – 12.00 Keynote
Chair: Agnès Delahaye (Université Lyon 2)
Brett Rushforth, University of Oregon
“American Slaveries: Toward a Unified History”

Available to watch on the Wilberforce Institute Tube channel @ https://youtu.be/ZjEkISG5eXE

12.00-1.00 Lunch

1.00-2.30 Panel I
Chair: Elodie Peyrol-Kleiber, University of Poitiers
Ben Marsh, University of Kent
"Beyond the Pale: Slavery, Dirt Eating, and Circulating Bodies in the South”
Katharina Wiedlack, University of Vienna
“Slavery and the maritime fur trade in Russian America”

Available to watch on the Wilberforce Institute Tube channel @

2.30-3.00 Coffee

3.00-4.30 Roundtable
Chair: Marie-Jeanne Rossignol, University of Paris
 “Black Voices in the Early Nineteenth Century Americas”
Participants: Claire Bourhis-Mariotti (University of Paris 8), Trevor Burnard (Wilberforce Professor of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull), Nathalie Dessens (University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès)

Available to watch on the Wilberforce Institute Tube channel @

4.30-5 Slavery and Abolition in Hull – leader Nicholas Evans, Wilberforce Institute, University of Hull

7pm Conference dinner

21 April 2022

09.30 -10.00 Coffee

10.00-12.30 Panel II:
“Small Islands in Proximity: Re-Centring the Lesser Antilles”
Chair: Cécile Vidal, EHESS, Paris
Heather Freund, University of Copenhagen
“The 1791 New Year’s Day Rebellion in Dominica”
Felicia Fricke, University of Copenhagen
“Interisland exchange and resistance against uncertainty amongst enslaved populations in the Dutch Caribbean”
Rasmus Christensen and Gunvor Simonsen, University of Copenhagen
“Small boat infrastructure and fugitive collectives in the Lesser Antilles”
Kathrine Faust Larsen, University of Copenhagen and Marie Keulen, Leiden University
"Planning Collective Maritime Marronage in the Dutch and Danish Lesser Antilles"

Available to watch on the Wilberforce Institute Tube channel @

12.30-1.30 Lunch

1.30 -3.00 Panel III
Chair: Mélanie Cournil, Sorbonne University
Sheryllynne Haggerty, Wilberforce Institute and the University of Liverpool
“O What a Bubble is this Life: the experience of non-elites in Jamaica, 1756”
Anne-Claire Faucquez, University of Paris 8
“Erasing the Memory of Slavery in History Writing in Nineteenth Century New York”

Available to watch on the Wilberforce Institute Tube channel @

3.00-3.30 Coffee

3.30-5.30 Panel IV
“Bringing back the “Ancien Régime” in the history of early American slavery: Church, monarchy, nobility and slavery in the early modern French Caribbean”
Chair: Gunvor Simonsen, University of Copenhagen
David Chaunu, Sorbonne University
“Slavery, nobility and absolutism as “social collaboration”: a social and political history of the Longvilliers, Dyel and Hoüel families, slaveholders and governors of the French islands of America (c. 1626 - c. 1664)”
Domitille de Gavriloff, EHESS, Paris
“Orders, wealth and whiteness: the parish as the theatre of competing hierarchies in Martinique and Saint-Domingue (17th-18th centuries)”
Fanny Malègue, EHESS, Paris
"Reading between the lines: social categorisation and census taking in the slaves societies of the French Caribbean after the Seven Years' War"

Available to watch on the Wilberforce Institute Tube channel @

Hotel accommodation in HULL

These hotels are located in the city centre, a short distance from Hull Paragon Interchange (and hence well connected to the University campus by bus and taxi) and well situated for city centre restaurants, pubs, and cafes.
Also available on the BAAS conference webpage at https://www.baas2022.org/registration/accommodation

Holiday Inn Express

80 Ferensway 
Rooms from £69 /night

Premier Inn

Tower Street
Rooms from £49 /night

Britannia Royal Hotel

170 Ferensway
Rooms from £42 /night

DoubleTree by Hilton

24 Ferensway
Rooms from £66 /night

Ibis Hull

Osbourne Street
Rooms from £42 /night

Travelodge Hull Central

Pryme Street
Rooms from £43 /night
For more accommodation suggestions, please see Visit Hull




We invite submissions to a special conference on slavery in the Americas and Europe between the fifteenth and the nineteenth century, hosted by the European Early American Studies Conference (EEASA) . This conference will be held in association with the 66th annual British Association for American Studies (BAAS) conference, which will be held between the 21st and 23rd April 2022. Attendees to this EEASA conference will be also able to attend the BAAS conference. This special conference is designed to follow from the regular EEASA conference, the most recent one to be held in Poitiers in December 2021, and is intended to re-establish a regular pattern of conferences after this pattern was disrupted by COVID in 2020-21. 

We look forward to welcoming European scholars interested in slavery and emancipation in the Americas to out beautiful Wilberforce Institute in historic Old Town in Hull in eastern Yorkshire. Both the BAAS conference is planned to be a hybrid event and the EEASA conference is intended to be a mostly in person event. For further details please see the conference link on the EEASA and BAAS websites BAAS Annual Conference 2022 – University of Hull – British Association for American Studies. We anticipate that many people coming to the EEASA conference would be interested in attending the BAAS conference, which follows immediately onwards after the end of this EEASA conference on early slavery. The registration fee for the EEASA conference will be £30.

Proposals are welcomed on any area of slavery and emancipation in the Americas, broadly conceived. We hope to attract a range of papers across eras, geographies and topics. The number of papers able to be accommodated at this conference will be between 12 and 16. There will be a keynote talk, to be advertised at a later date.

For more information, including information on travel and accommodation for this conference and the related BAAS conference, please visit the EEASA and BAAS websites BAAS Annual Conference 2022 – University of Hull – British Association for American Studies, which websites will be updated regularly.


We encourage fully formed panel proposals or roundtable discussions but we will also accept individual paper proposals where suitable. All sessions of the conference will be a maximum of 1 hour 30 minutes. Our preference for EEASA panels on Early Slavery is for these panels and papers to be able to be delivered in person. We are open to suggestions, however, about online delivery. Please see the BAAS website for more details of the hybrid delivery model for their conference.

As is the case with BAAS, EEASA is dedicated to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion. We will attempt to make panels varied by gender, stage of career and especially, given our European orientation, different European places of residence. EEASA is especially interested in cross-European interactions.

All proposals should be sent to eeasa2022hull@gmail.com by Monday, 22 November 2021. Proposals will be evaluated by a team of EEASA members, chaired by Professor Trevor Burnard of the Wilberforce Institute (t.g.burnard@hull.ac.uk). Proposals, whether for panels, roundtables or individual papers must include a 250 word abstract for each constituent paper, a 200-word biography for each participant and an email address for each participant. Presentations are expected to be a maximum of 20 minutes in length, unless organized separately with the organizers. The normal audiovisual and presentational tools will be available. 


Covid in Europe and the United Kingdom as part of Europe has presented particular problems for EEASA, as with all scholarly organizations. It has led to a delay in organizing this conference and the associated BAAS conference. It was not until mid-September 2021 that government guidelines in the UK made it possible for the University of Hull to be able to confirm that a hybrid conference 20-21 April 2022 was possible. We apologies for this delay but matters were out of our hands. EEASA is committed to providing members and friends with an in-person meeting to the extent that this is possible under UK government laws and advice and despite the continuing uncertainties concerning COVID. We note that while we are very hopeful that we can have an in-person conference, should circumstances change before mid-April, we feel confident that we can pivot to fully remote delivery.

Trevor Burnard, Wilberforce Professor of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull

Elodie Peyrol Kleiber, University of Poitiers

Mélanie Cournil, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris

Agnes Delahaye, University Lumière Lyon 2