European Programme SLAFNET (Slavery in Africa : a dialogue between Europe and Africa)

The European Programm SLAFNET, (Slavery in Africa: a dialogue between Europe and Africa) has received funding from the European Commission in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE), Call: H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016.


Complementary informations on the programme:

  Coordination : IRD

  Contact IRD : Marie-Pierre Ballarin (Urmis)

  Consortium :

  • Europe: IRD (France),CNRS (France), Université de Nantes (France), Bath Spa University (Grande Bretagne) The University of Birmingham (Grande Bretagne), Faculdade de letras da Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal), Universitaet Hamburg (Allemagne)
  • Afrique: Catholic University of Eastern Africa (Kenya) ; Nationa Musuems of Kenya (Kenya), University of Mauritius (Maurice), University of Yaounde (Cameroun), Addis Ababa University (Ethiopie), Université Cheich Anta-Diop (Sénégal)

The overall objective of the project is to establish a top-level scientific network of several institutions and research groups from Europe and Africa on the field of slavery studies. It aims at focusing mutual efforts of 13 research groups with extended and complementary competences in their respective research fields and at gathering multidisciplinary expertise in slavery-related issues by encouraging the exchange of young and senior researchers from both continents.
This network will be the first of its kind in the world. Our goal is to conduct research on both historical and contemporary slavery and forced labour and to emphasize its international dimension. One of the main goals of this project is to bridge disciplinary and regional area studies or initiatives, to encourage dialogue and to engage in collaborative research. It will involve African and European researchers from various disciplines from different parts of the world with complementary skills. It will enrich the analysis of the underlying local situations and address the impact of slavery and slave trade on population histories in Europe and Africa.
This project is composed of three components (training, research, diffusion) and aims to address the main objectives of the RISE programme such as:

  The promotion and support scientific and technological cooperation between African and European researchers working in research institutions and universities;

  The development of new collaborative linkages that will result in innovative ideas

  The building of the capacities of junior researchers

  The encouragement of exchanges and synergy between researchers, by supporting their mobility and establishing a sustainable network and reach out various communities within and outside academia.

The IRD is main leader of the project and involved in 5 WP :


  Understanding Citizenship, Marginalization and Injustices in Post-societies in Europe and Africa slavery

  Forgetting and Remembering Slavery in Europe and Africa

  Heritage and Public History

  Databases Analysis: Systematic Inventory of the Existing Resources on the Slave Trade and Slavery

Slafnet Kick-off meeting: 5-7 July 2017 in Nice
Slafnet Project (April 2016)