Abolition of Slavery

2019.10.09 - 2019.10.09

Swedish Colonial History – Abolition of Slavery and Contemporary European Discourses

Lecture on Sweden's colonial history and Gothenburg's part in Triangular Slave Trade

Wednesday, 9 October 5–7 pm
Gothenburg City Library
In English

As one of the last countries in Europe, Sweden abolished slavery 9 October 1847. On the Commemoration Day for Abolition of Slavery on Saint Barthélemy, former Swedish colony, GIBCA invites a professor in economic history, Klas Rönnbäck, and an international political scientist, Françoise Vergès, to refer to the Swedish and European colonial past and its current implications.

Klas Rönnbäck talks about Gothenburg’s part in Triangular Slave Trade and the connection of a plot of land in Gothenburg harbour with an island in the Caribbean, Saint Barthélemy.

Starting with the representations in painting of the abolition of slavery in Europe, Françoise Vergès refers to the abolition of slavery in Europe and the silencing of its commemorations, while addressing ways in which demands for remembering constitute a struggle against racism and one for dignity.


The event is organised by Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art in collaboration with the French Institute in Sweden.