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Reading Narratives of Slavery, Memory and Human Rights


This course covers various aspects of legacies of (anti-)slavery at different moments in time in Africa, America and Europe. The focus is on multiple ‘uses of the past’ in discourses on and works about slavery, abolition and human rights.  Through comparative analysis of narratives of slavery in literature and other forms of ‘popular culture’ (films, art, museum exhibits, music, etc.), you will learn how to critically contextualize and evaluate these products in their historical, spatial and cultural contexts.

Find full course description in the course catalogue.    


Lecture participation is a prerequisite for taking the exam.

The exam consists of a portfolio containing a number of assignments which you are to hand in online. You will receive one grade based on an overall assessment. Presence in Aarhus is not necessary.

Admission Requirements

Course specific:


To apply for the course you must either be enrolled in a bachelor's degree, have a bachelor's degree or have passed a qualifying entry examination. 


Exchange Students: nomination from your home university

Freemovers: documentation for English Language proficiency

You can read more about the admission here.