Dear friends,

I would like to share the following UNESCO-report by Dr. Joel Kirk from 2008 with you, Unfinished Business: A Comparative Survey of Historical and Contemporary Slavery: The sale of children, child labour, child soldiers, human trafficking, organised prostitution, etc., spring immediately to mind as modern forms of slavery.

The is a direct outcome of a European Project (FP7) on European History and Identity that I am associated with.

Cheers, Bernhard

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Comment by Bernhard Bierlich on June 9, 2009 at 9:17pm
Hi Huon,

Right you are. Karen Fog Olwig's argument about 'deglobalisation' is what the denials that I am exploring are about. While my project has adopted some of Karen's points it is set in another 'global context', however, where the descendants in Denmark are given a voice. That is really my main focus. Denials come to be of secondary importance (as important as they are).

The project has been developed independently of Danish Anthropology and is mostly the result of an FP7 European Project on the slave trade, slavery, identity and history. I am these days involved in cultivating Danish anthropology ties.

Cheers, B
Comment by Huon Wardle on June 9, 2009 at 3:47pm
Karen Fog Olwig has talked about that issue in terms of a 'deglobalisation' of Danish understandings of slavery whereby Danish involvement in Caribbean slavery is either forgotten or reconstrued as in some way more benign than elsewhere. Is that part of the picture in your research?

best, Huon
Comment by Bernhard Bierlich on June 9, 2009 at 2:12pm
Dear Huon,

The pain experienced by many descendants of slaves in search of their Afro-Caribbean roots is a subject that I explore in a historical and anthropological analysis (proposed for 2010) of denials and memories among descendants of Danish slaves in Denmark (several thousands).
The analysis is an anthropological take on the discussion of memory which many of my colleagues (historians) consider best debated by historians and their allies. I happen to disagree. When the project gets under way, I shall be glad to refer you to a proper project site.

Cheers, B.
Comment by Huon Wardle on June 9, 2009 at 1:50pm
I haven't managed to read all of the UNESCO report you posted, but it is clearly extremely helpful and informative. One of the features that anthropologists should be interested in, and which Mintz discusses, is the radical disruption of slaves' ability to communicate with each other and the rapid processes of culture-making that ensue including, historically, the creation of creole languages in some settings. The UNESCO report should help reinforce recognition of the violent social subjugation entailed in the making of many everyday things and relationships.
Comment by Bernhard Bierlich on June 9, 2009 at 1:37pm
Thanks Huon.

Cheers, Bernhard
Comment by Huon Wardle on June 9, 2009 at 1:30pm
It appears to work... you click on the image of Sidney Mintz.

best, Huon
Comment by Huon Wardle on June 9, 2009 at 1:29pm
Sorry Bernhard,

The film should be clickable on that page. Let me try doing this properly with a link...
Comment by Bernhard Bierlich on June 4, 2009 at 9:39am
Dear Huan,

Thank you for the reference. Do you have a link to the actual film? - The link you sent me seems to be about a conference at St Andrews in 2007.

Cheers, Bernhard
Comment by Huon Wardle on June 3, 2009 at 4:42pm
Here is a link to a film by Sidney Mintz on Caribbean slavery and creolization. I think what he says here is of great importance to anyone trying to understand the historical sociology of slavery as an industrialised/individualised form of enforced labour.


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