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Political Theories of Involuntary Servitude within Europe (1600-1850)

Year Group 2022/23

This NIAS Theme Group will examine to what extent political thinkers developed theories of involuntary servitude with an eye on domestic issues, within Europe (1600-1850).

Previous research has shown how republican conceptions of freedom have historically been developed in contrast to slavery. We will break new ground by examining in what ways philosophical theorizations of slavery and other forms of involuntary servitude figured in the development of political theories in four key domains: (1) domestic colonialism; (2) relations of subordination within the family; (3) sovereignty and the state; and (4) natural rights and punishment.