The three-day professional conference, “Interpreting and Representing Slavery and Its Legacies in Museums and Sites: International Perspectives,” will explore the variety of approaches used at museums and sites around the Atlantic world to represent the history and legacies of the slave trade, slavery and emancipation. With experts from South Africa, the Netherlands, France and more, the conference on UVA’s Grounds will be the first international symposium of its kind hosted in North America.
Through this conference, museum and historic site practitioners, as well as scholars and public thought leaders, will engage in a knowledge exchange to:
Consider the global impact of the slave trade and the legacies of slavery
Discuss experiences and best practices on representing and interpreting slavery from different regions of the world
Examine the roles of the arts, humanities, and multimedia technology for interpreting and representing the memory and history of slavery
Contribute to the elaboration of a handbook on new approaches in interpreting and representing slavery in museums and sites
Explore opportunities and possibilities for partnerships among participants and with the UNESCO Slave Route Project.