The collective significance of the themes that are explored in Slavery in the Global Diaspora of Africa bridge the Atlantic and thereby provide insights into historical debates that address the ways in which parts of Africa fitted into the modern world that emerged in the Atlantic basin.
The study explores the conceptual problems of studying slavery in Africa and the broader Atlantic world from a perspective that focuses on Africa and the historical context that accounts for this influence. Paul Lovejoy focuses on the parameters of the enforced migration of enslaved Africans, including the impact on civilian populations in Africa, constraints on migration, and the importance of women and children in the movement of people who were enslaved. The prevalence of slavery in Africa and the transformations of social and political formations of societies and political structures during the era of trans-Atlantic migration inform the book’s research. The analysis places Africa, specifically western Africa, at the center of historical change, not on the frontier or periphery of western Europe or the Americas, and provides a global perspective that reconsiders historical reconstruction of the Atlantic world that challenges the distortions of Eurocentrism and national histories.
Slavery in the Global Diaspora of Africa will be of interest to scholars and students of colonial history, African history, Diaspora Studies, the Black Atlantic and the history of slavery.
Part 1: Issues of Enslavement
1. Ethnicity, Culture and Religion in Global Africa
2. Experiences of the Enslaved in Africa
3. Regulation and Patterns in Collaboration in the Slave Trade
Part 2: Enforced Migration
4. Pawnship, Slavery and Freedom
5. Concubinage, Polygyny, and the Status of Women
6. Children of the Slave Trade
7. Enslaved Muslims from the Central Sudan
Part 3: Life Stories of Enslavement
8. Transatlantic Transformations in Identities
9. Freedom Narratives of Trans-Atlantic Slavery
10. The Odyssey of Catherine Mulgrave Zimmerman
Part 4: Identity and Diaspora in Global Africa
11. Situating Identities: Methodology through the Ethnic Lens
12. Scarification and the Loss of History in the African Diaspora
13. Enslaved Africans and their Expectations of Slave Life in the Americas
This series will produce new scholarship on African experiences within the field of global history, globalization, African Diaspora, Atlantic History, etc. It is our goal to publish works that view African ideas from a global perspective and vice versa, thus placing Africa squarely within the framework of globalization, and change the perception of African people vis-a-vis the world, creating an innovative source of new works about Africa and the world.
This new series will serve several important functions. First and foremost, it will create a space for scholars and educators to find resources that aid in the understanding of Africa’s place in the world’s global and regional economic political and intellectual spheres throughout history. Second, our monographs will incorporate African experiences into broader historical theories that have hitherto marginalized Africans within the realm of global history. We aim to provide competing views of Africa’s place in various global systems can be studied in a systemic fashion without resorting to pseudo-historical themes that ultimately harm our understanding of the African past.
Most importantly, we will take up the mantle of African production of knowledge on a global scale, and emphasize how Africans, who have long been marginalized in global intellectual traditions, have shaped the very civilizations that shunned the former’s contributions. The resulting marginalization has resulted in many of the ills that African peoples face today. By redeeming the African place in the global intellectual tradition, we will also help emphasize the African political and economic past in ways that place the continent front and center in the creation of the world we all inhabit. As a result, it will form an innovative platform where scholars put forward new ideas regarding Africa’s role in world affairs that have long been overlooked and underemphasized.
For submissions and enquiries, please contact:
Toyin Falola: [email protected]
Roy Doron: [email protected]
Leanne Hinves: [email protected]