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Slavery is common across cultures, time periods, and geographic regions. How do different slave systems inform eachother, as well as contribute to modern understanding of slave systems more broadly? The graduate students in the Department of Classics at Brock University, in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, are organizing a conference that seeks to explore slavery throughout history. We are interested in the institution of slavery in various societies, ancient and modern, in using a variety of disciplinary approaches (archaeological, historical, sociological), and in exploring slaves in different media, such as art and literature. We welcome papers covering a broad range of topics, although we are particularly interested in papers that use a comparative approach, particularly for the ancient context. Some topics worth considering are, but not limited to, the following: -Gender and Slavery - The material culture of slavery - The terminology of slavery - Slavery and the Economy - Salavery as the result of military action - Chattel slavery and, or versus serfdom - What does it mean to be a slave society? - Slave Revolts - Processes of control - Manumission - Slaves and the family; education and the role within the household - (Ancient) slavery, modern reception -slavery on film (Spartacus, Gladiator, etc. ) - Slavery and concepts of freedom. Papers should be 15-20 minutes in length. Please submit abstracts of 250 words to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org by December 10, 2013.