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CALL. 15.02.2018: [SESSION 2] Archaeologies of Unfree Labor in Europe and the Mediterranean (EAA 201




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Faculty of Geography and History, University of Barcelona - Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Rui Gomes Coelho (Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies) ; Fahri Dikkaya (TED University, Turkey

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Throughout most history, the subjection of people to forms of unfree and coerced labor was an important aspect of class-based societies in Europe and in the Mediterranean basin. The labor of slaves, bonded or forced workers were in many cases the main source of economic prosperity, and their bodies were the violent marker of social boundaries and modes of existence. In Anthropologie de L’Esclavage (1986), Claude Meillassoux argues that people are desocialized, depersonalized, desexualized and decivilized during the process of enslavement. In the end, the subject is unable to socially reproduce itself while being assigned to economic functions. In this session we will ask: In what ways does unfree labor have a materiality, from prehistory to now? How can we use materiality to examine the different modes of unfree labor, historical transitions between unfree labor and freedom, its experiences and legacies? We welcome contributions about contexts in Europe, from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, as well as case studies from around the world that are related to the legacies of colonialism and imperialism in European and Mediterranean contexts.

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