Slavery and emancipation everywhere took gendered forms. How did West African participation in the Atlantic slave trade and subsequent engagements with fluxive Atlantic economies transform gender regimes in the region? Free and enslaved men and women experienced the immediate repercussions of slavery and abolition in West Africa in different ways. African men and women’s modes of resistance and adaptation to changing Atlantic economies of slavery and post-abolition commercialization varied. Emancipation both drew on existing ideas about the meanings of manhood and womanhood, about the content of the categories ‘man’ and ‘woman,’ and contributed to new ideologies and practices of gender. Through marriage practices, mobilization of traditional institutions, military service, and commercial accumulation, colonial regimes, missionary agencies, and African agents mediated the gendered politics of slavery and emancipation. This panel seeks to engage with existing scholarship on the subject of gendered slavery and emancipation in West Africa, and chart new frontiers of inquiry.

Papers with a cross-Atlantic dimension are welcome.

Interested panelists are invited to submit paper title and abstract to [email protected] by March 13, 2016.