EURESCL is a project funded under the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities of the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission.


EURESCL intends to locate the slave trade and slavery in the history of the construction of the European identity, interpreted at national or local levels, in historical and contemporary dimension, and by investigating the continuity – or discontinuity – between historical processes in which turning points might have been defined by different dates of the abolition of slavery.

Another objective is to study the evolution of the social relationships that arise from the management of the representations  of, and social practices inherited from slavery.

The originality of EURESCL is to:

  • think of slavery, slave trade and their abolitions in a global perspective, which involves a broad definition of Europe and includes at the same time the continent of Europe and its colonial and ex-colonial areas;
  • connect the national histories of Europe with each other and with their colonies or their extra-European spheres of influence;
  • measure the impact of slave trade and slavery in Europe at political, economic, social, cultural, intellectual and memory levels;
  • analyse the multiple genealogies of the “Black” issue, of the “Afro-descendants”, of the “black Diaspora” in Europe in order to explore contemporary meanings of the European identity.

The research activities of EURESCL are implemented, in a multidisciplinary and comparative approach, within the following thematic areas:

  • Frontiers, Nationalism and Feelings of Belonging
  • Atlantic Slave Trades, trade connection and forced labour
  • Law, regulations, practices and social connections
  • Constructing otherness: circulation and identity in Europe
  • Slavery and slaves in Continental Europe
  • Interaction of research and education
  • Dissemination and transfer of knowledge

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