Community Partnerships in Researching Slavery on Campus


Research and teaching projects about slavery in the history of institutions of higher learning need to exercise care and responsibility in developing partnerships with diverse constituencies. These include families descended from enslaved persons associated with the institution, as well as the descendants of slave holders or those who otherwise benefited from the slave trade or enslavement. Let's use this space to try experiences and reflections on how to balance contending voices among varied "stakeholders" in these kinds of projects.



For reflections on developing community partnerships along these lines, see:
  • Mark Auslander, "Saying Something Now: Documentary Work and the Voices of the Dead.." Michigan Quarterly Review, Fall 2005.