Call for Participants: Archives, Slavery & Race-Making Summer School, King’s College London, July 3-7, 2023 (deadline March 3rd)

The Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS) at King’s College London is pleased to invite applications for a fully-funded, week-long summer school exploring new methodological approaches to the archives of race & slavery in the early modern world.  

Bringing together leading scholars in a variety of methodologies and disciplines, the Archives, Slavery & Race-Making Summer School aims to introduce a new generation of researchers to cutting-edge approaches to the field. This summer school comprises morning master classes with leading scholars, followed by afternoon sessions in which participants will have the opportunity to workshop chapters from their dissertation or a related article project. The topics covered will include:

Diana Paton (Edinburgh): Gender and Slavery in the Atlantic World 

Stephanie Smallwood (Washington University): The Middle Passage

Farah Karim-Cooper (The Globe/KCL): Race and Contemporary Performance 

Alexandre White (Johns Hopkins University): Sociological Approaches to Archives of Slavery 

Tamara Walker (Barnard): Visual and Material Culture 

This workshop is open to PhD students actively researching their dissertation and ECRs, broadly defined, from any relevant discipline. This event is being organised and hosted by Medicine and the Making of Race, 1440-1720, a UKRI Future Leader’s Fellowship Project. MMoR will cover the cost of travel, (domestic or international), to London.  Participants will receive accommodation for six nights, and breakfast and lunches will be provided. We intend this workshop to be fully accessible to all; if extra assistance is required to participate, please feel free to raise this with us in advance. 

Interested applicants are invited to submit a short application, including a CV and a (ca.1000 word) covering letter which includes a description of their research interests and how this workshop might benefit them. The name of one referee is required, but will only be contacted at point of shortlisting. Please note we expect participants to be in a position to submit pieces of writing c.5000 words at least a month in advance of the workshop. Participants will also be expected to carry out reading for each masterclass in advance, and attendance of all elements of the workshop are mandatory. This is an opportunity to meet and collaborate with other emerging researchers in the field from across the globe, and the week will include time for networking and for visiting relevant sites and archives in London. 

Please send your application material to by Friday March 3rd, 2023. Applicants will be selected with a view to research fit, as well as to ensuring a diversity of research interests, methodologies, and academic backgrounds. Priority will be given to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to travel or network internationally.  

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