Professor John Oldfield

Professor John Oldfield

Professor of Slavery and Emancipation

Faculty and Department

  • Institutes
  • Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation

Summary

John's passion is in producing pioneering research into historic slavery, taking lessons learned from the past so we can imagine a future that is different and tackle the growing issue of modern day slavery. John received the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2015, in recognition of the institute's world-leading research into slavery and emancipation issues. Research is used to inform public practice and policy, at local, national and international levels. The Wilberforce Institute took a major role in shaping the UK's Modern Slavery Act, which was passed by Parliament in March 2015. Director of the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of Southampton (2009-2012)

Recent outputs

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Book

The ties that bind : transatlantic abolitionism in the Age of Reform, c. 1820-1865

Oldfield, J. (2020). The ties that bind : transatlantic abolitionism in the Age of Reform, c. 1820-1865. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press

Book Chapter

Antislavery Opinion Building

Oldfield, J. (2020). Antislavery Opinion Building. In K. Bales, & Z. Trodd (Eds.), The Antislavery Usable Past: History’s Lessons for How We End Slavery Today (160-76). Nottingham: University of Nottingham Rights Lab

2007 revisited: commemoration, ritual, and British transatlantic slavery

Oldfield, J. (2012). 2007 revisited: commemoration, ritual, and British transatlantic slavery. Ambiguous anniversary: the bicentennial of the international slave trade bans (192 - 207). University of South Carolina Press

Journal Article

Remembering 1807: Lessons from the Archives

Oldfield, J., & Wills, M. (2020). Remembering 1807: Lessons from the Archives. History workshop journal : HWJ, https://doi.org/10.1093/hwj/dbaa016

From Liverpool to Mount Vernon : Edward Rushton in transatlantic perspective

Oldfield, J. R. (2016). From Liverpool to Mount Vernon : Edward Rushton in transatlantic perspective. Questione Romantica, 7(1-2),

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

European Colonial Heritage Modalities in Entangled Cities

Funder

EC European Commission

Grant

£642,858.00

Started

1 February 2018

Status

Ongoing

Project

GCRF: The Antislavery Knowledge Network: Community-Led Strategies for Creative and Heritage-Based Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa

Funder

AHRC Arts & Humanities Research Council

Grant

£130,211.00

Started

1 September 2017

Status

Ongoing

Project

Anti-Slavery Usable Past

Funder

AHRC Arts & Humanities Research Council

Grant

£234,919.00

Started

1 September 2016

Status

Complete

Postgraduate supervision

Slavery and abolition in the Atlantic world (1750-1850), the American South, American race relations. Completed PhDs Lauren Darwin (Bell), Coerced Migration Systems in Comparative Perspective: An Analysis of the British Slave Trade and Convict Transportation, 1786 - 1813 (2017) Emmanuel Saboro, Slavery, Memory and Orality: A Case Study of Nineteenth-Century Ghana (2015) Current PhD supervisors - Historical Slavery in the Americas - The Abolition of Slavery and the Transition to Freedoms - Memories, Legacies and Representations of Slavery and Abolition - Modern Slavery, Human Rights and Social Justice