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[STS Lunch Seminar] Is a Social Scientific Definition of Slavery Possible? 

Friday, February 21 | 12 – 1:15 PM | Multipurpose Room, Sophia Gordon Hall

Speaker: Malick Ghachem, Associate Professor of History at MIT. Historians, social scientists, and legal scholars have attempted to give meaning to the term ‘slavery' by delineating its elements and distinguishing it from other forms of political and economic oppression and domination. But slavery, like any other social practice, has a history, meaning that it changes across both time and space — which raises the question of whether it is possible to sustain a meaningful abstract definition of slavery in light of the many different contexts in which slavery has reigned.

This event is sponsored by Tisch College, the Science, Technology & Society Program (STS), the Political Science Department, the International Relations Program, and the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora. It is part of the STS Lunch Seminar Program. Lunch is provided.