The Worlds of Slavery by Cécile Vidal
Cécile Vidal, introduced by Emmanuelle Saada
Cécile Vidal will present the main contributions of the field-defining book she co-directed and co-edited Les Mondes de l’esclavage: Une histoire comparée (Seuil, 2021). She will show how thinking about the worlds of slavery in the longue durée changes our understanding of slavery in the Americas and especially in the French Empire.
Cécile Vidal is a social historian of colonial empires, the slave trade, and slavery in the Atlantic world from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. She is Professor of History at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She is currently a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, where she is working on a new research project about suicide, the slave trade, and slavery in the French and British Atlantics in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.