Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston

Through scholarly research and public programming, the Center for the Study of Slavery (CSSC) examines the impact of slavery and race-related issues in the City of Charleston, including the surrounding region, and at the College of Charleston from the late 18th century through the civil rights era and the continued impact and legacy of slavery in the present.

 

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CSSC builds on the work begun with the College of Charleston’s affiliation with over 40 other universities in the Universities Studying Slavery (USS) consortium, an effort organized by the University of Virginia.The College of Charleston's membership in Universities Studying Slavery will spur our university to be more intentional in disseminating  research and in collaborations within and beyond the institution. More College of Charleston initiatives will be announced in the coming months.

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To learn more about CSSC, please contact our director, Dr. Bernard Powers (powersb@cofc.edu) and explore the Center's Mission, Events, News, and Resources & Exhibitions.


 

CSSC News

CSSC Faculty Studying Slavery: Kameelah Martin
Posted on 19 January 2021 | 11:17 am
This post, written by Kameelah Martin, is one of a series that documents work studying slavery by faculty members of the CSSC. My scholarly expertise sits at the crossroads of African Diaspora literature(s), primarily of the US and Caribbean, Folklore and Black Feminist Studies. I define myself as a cultural studies scholar, but I am […]
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CSSC Faculty Studying Slavery: Simon Lewis
Posted on 27 October 2020 | 1:09 pm
This post, written by Simon Lewis, is the first of a series that documents work studying slavery by faculty members of the CSSC. I joined the English Department at CofC in August 1996 as an Assistant Professor of World Literature, specializing in African literature. From the outset of my time here I was fascinated by […]
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“Critical Conversations” on CSSC and the College’s work studying slavery and its legacies
Posted on 20 October 2020 | 1:42 pm
Bernie Powers and CSSC Executive Committee members will be part of a Critical Conversations event Oct 20, 3 pm. In this informal conversation moderated by Simon Lewis, CSSC director Bernie Powers and Julia Eichelberger, co-founder of the program in Southern Studies, will discuss race and the legacies of slavery at C of C and beyond. […]
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