Islam, Slavery, and the American South Conference Keynote

March 25, 2022 - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Paul Lovejoy
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PAUL E. LOVEJOY is Distinguished Research Professor, Department of History, York University, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is Chair of the Board of Directors fr Walk With Web Inc. ( and was the Founding Director of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas at York University, and held the Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History (2000-2015). He is a past member of the UNESCO "Slave Route" Project: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage (1996-2012), with which he continues to be associated. He has published more than forty books, including Jihad in West Africa during the Age of Revolutions (1775-1850) (2016), Slavery in the Global Diaspora of Africa (2019), and most recently Slavery, Resistance and Abolitions: A Pluralist Perspective (2019) with Ali Moussa Iye and Nelly Schmidt and The Atlantic and Africa: The Second Slavery and Beyond (2021), co-edited with Dale Tomich.

He is editor of Life Stories and Freedom Narratives of Global Africa, UNESCO General History of Africa, vol. 10, and is General Editor of The Harriet Tubman Series on the African Diaspora (Africa World Press), which has published 35 volumes. He was co-editor of the journal, African Economic History for two decades until 2021. A special issue of African Economic History was published in his honor in 2021 (Vol. 49. No. 1). He has received numerous grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, currently holding multiple year awards for "Testimonies of Enslavement," which has as its website and portal and "Islamic Terrorism in Africa" ( Most recently he was awarded a grant from the Trans-Atlantic Platform for Social Innovation on Documenting Africans in Trans-Atlantic Slavery (

His various web-based projects also include SHADD: Studies in the History of the African Diaspora Documents and Equiano's World: Gustavus Vassa and the Abolition of the Slave Trade He is involved in digital preservation of the Sierra Leone Public Archives associated with the British Library Endangered Archives Programme. Finally, the Journal of Global Slavery and Brill Publishing have honored his contributions to scholarship by establishing the Paul E. Lovejoy Prize for the Study of Slavery, which is presented each year for best monograph on the subject of global slavery published each year.

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