The Digital Slavery Project is a digital humanities initiative under the direction of Dr. Paul Lovejoy (Distinguished Researcher Professor, Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas, York University) and co-direction of Bruno Véras (Research Assistant, Harriet Tubman Institute, York University). The aim of the project is to catalogue, oraganize and present digital humanities (DH) initiatives related to slavery and the global African diasporas in the age of the international slave trade. Website projects and platforms related to slavery in the Americas, Africa, the Mediterranean, and Indian Ocean are included.a

The online DH inventory of slavery sites, constantly updated, brings together projects in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish. The site is divided into thematic categories that examine databases, quantitative research tools, and digital materials in a coherent and critical structure to assist research and teaching.

The Digital Slavery Project is launched in accordance with the United Nations declaration of the International Decade for People of African Descent and commemorations the United Nations International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, March 25th, whose them in 2017  is “Remember Slavery: Recognising the Legacy and Contributions of People of African Descent.” The site also marks the tenth anniversary of The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas and promotes several projects at the Tubman Institute that stem from this theme.

The Digital Slavery project website – still under construction – proposes to act as a space to introduce updates on DH initiatives on slavery and as an open-source tool that invites researchers to contribute their feedback, knowledge and insights. The website includes papers and publications, and in 2018 will host an international conference for DH researchers, historians, anthropologists, technicians and public historians that will explore, compare and analyze critically the digital tools and source repositories available on the World Wide Web as listed in the inventory of the Digital Slavery Project. Digital publications will be edited and published through this website.

Research Assistance and Translation:
Jacqueline Garriss, Bruna Tiné