Distinguished Lecture Series on Social Thought and Political Economy
November 13, 2013
Commonwealth Honors College Building
Room: Events Hall-East
The first of its kind in Europe, the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery was recently erected at Quai de la Fosse along the Loire riverfront in Nantes, France. For two centuries, this historic embankment served as the site for the outfitting and embarkation of French slave trade ships and represents the city's entanglements in the transatlantic slave trade.
Anna Schrade, Five College Associate at Hampshire College, evaluates the relevance of the memorial for contemporary France and for all of Europe. She argues that the memorial represents an important intervention in the dominant narrative of modern Europe which silences, erases and disremembers the "entangled histories" of the colonial conquest and slavery.