Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and
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“The majority of the people today believe that slavery is an
evil of the past. Tragically we know that that is not the truth. It
is vital that we continue to build knowledge and public awareness
to challenge man’s inhumanity to man”.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, patron of WISE.
The above words, written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in July
2006, define the ambition of the Institute for which he is patron
and which is known as WISE. The mission of WISE is twofold. First,
we shall help to deliver the knowledge base to which Archbishop
Tutu refers. Second, we seek to raise public awareness of issues
relating to slavery, emancipation, social justice and human rights,
past and present.
These goals inform all the work of WISE. As an interdisciplinary
institute WISE will generate world class research; will provide a
forum for academic discourse and interaction; and will actively
partner others in advancing public understanding of both historic
and contemporary slavery, thereby informing political and social