Re-visualising 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.
What do visual sources actually tell us about this past? What role have they played in traditional imaging? And how can visual sources help to break the visual silence? In Slavery, historians, heritage specialists and cultural scientists explore the possibilities of harnessing the versatility, expressiveness and silences of visual sources to see the slavery past in new light.
Nancy Jouwe is a cultural historian and works as a freelance researcher, public speaker, publicist and lecturer. She (co-)published articles and books on postcolonial cultural and social movements and three guides on Dutch slavery history.
Wim Manuhutu is a historian, heritage expert and lecturer in the history department of the Free University Amsterdam. He was a director of the Moluccan Historical Museum and sits on various committees on heritage, migration and colonialism.
Matthias van Rossum is a senior researcher at the International Institute of Social History (IISH) specializing in the histories of labour, slavery, intercultural relations, colonialism and the VOC.
Merve Tosun is a historian specializing in the colonial history of Asia and working at the IISH. Her work focuses on themes such as forced labour, slavery, slave trade and the colonial legal system.