Revisualizing Slavery

Visual sources on slavery in the Indonesian Archipelago & Indian Ocean

Nancy Jouwe, Wim Manuhutu, Matthias van Rossum & Merve Tosun (eds.)


Revisualizing slavery explores the history of slavery in Asia by focusing on visual sources. The traditional image of slavery in Asia is shaped and dominated by words such as ‘mild’, ‘guilt’ and ‘domestic’. But this is shifting by new historical research that points precisely to the tougher sides and to similarities with the Atlantic slavery past.

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ISBN: 9789460220371
Language: English
Binding: paperback
Pages: 128
Publication year: 2021

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In Revisualizing Slavery, historians, heritage specialists, and cultural scientists shed new light on the history of slavery in Asia by centering visual sources—specifically, Dutch paintings, watercolors and drawings from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries. The traditional image of slavery in Asia is shaped and dominated by terms such as ‘mild,’ ‘debt,’ and ‘household,’ but new historical research that utilizes the versatility, power of expression, and silences of and within visual sources explicitly points to it as violent and harsh in character— comparable to the Atlantic history of slavery.

Also available in Dutch


Nancy Jouwe is a cultural historian and independent researcher, public speaker, writer, and lecturer.

Wim Manuhutu is a historian, heritage specialist, and lecturer at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Matthias van Rossum is a historian and senior researcher and Merve Tosun is a historian, both at the International Institute of Social History.