International conference. “Slavery. From slave-trades to emancipations: thirty years of historical research”

In 2022 will be celebrated the 30th anniversary of the exhibition Les Anneaux de la Mémoire (Circles of Memory), at the castle of Les ducs de Bretagne.


The event had an important impact and contributed to creating a general movement of recognition and analysis of the past of commercial ports and, more widely, of the role played by France in the slave-trade and colonial slavery. The French law entitled ‘la loi Taubira’, passed in de 2001, marked an important stage in this recognition on the international scale, in the same way as the Durban conference, organised by UNESCO in the same year.

The 1992 exhibition, set up with a resolutely historical perspective, benefitted from the expertise of a large number of researchers working on these questions and also from the results of an important international conference organised by Serge Daget at the University of Nantes in July 1985.

For the last 30 years or so, scientific research on slave trades, different forms of slavery and abolitions has made remarkable progress. The bibliography around these topics is now considerable and it seems the right time to take stock, without failing to mention current research tendencies and possible perspectives.

These are the ambitions of this international conference, organised by the CRHIA and the Anneaux de la Mémoire association in Nantes.



From 11 to 13 May 2022
Salons Mauduit, 10 rue Arsène Leloup, 44 100 NANTES
Entry free of charge
Visitors are advised to register (on line):
Attendance at the conference through Zoom: registration essential until 10th May:

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