European Slaves:
Christians in African
Pirate Encounters


Robert Spindler (Innsbruck), "Renegados: Converted Christians in British Barbary Captivity Narratives." at the International Symposium Buccaneers, Corsairs, Pirates and Privateers: Connecting the Early Modern Seas at the Bielefeld University, 13.04.2018.

Robert Spindler (Innsbruck), "Three Early Modern Barbary Captivity Narratives in the German Language and their Portrayal of Islam" for the Mediterranean Collaborative, Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World at the University of Minnesota, 08.11.2017.

Robert Spindler (Innsbruck), "Masters, Agusins and Renegados: Portrayals of Muslims in Early Modern Barbary Captivity Narratives from Germany and Austria" for the SAGES Program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, 04.11.2017.

Newspaper article
"Auf zum Entern!", Der Standard.

Robert Spindler (Innsbruck), "Merckwürdige Lebens- und Reisebeschreibung: Der Bericht des Johann Michael Kühn" at the workshop "Erzählen zwischen Fakt und Fiktion" in Innsbruck, 23.02.2017.

German article about our conference on "Piracy and Captivity in the Mediterranean: 1530-1810" in Innsbruck.

Newspaper article
"Als christlicher Gefangener unter Piraten", Der Standard.

Contact us:

Mario Klarer
Project Leader

+43 (0)512 507 4172

+43 (0)512 507 2879


Institut für Amerikastudien
Universität Innsbruck
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck

Supported by a grant from the


Print media

June 2017: Newspaper article on the project: "Auf zum Entern!", Der Standard, June 14/15, 2017, page F1.

June 2015: Newspaper article on the project: "Als christlicher Gefangener unter Piraten", Der Standard, June 3/4, 2015, page F8.

November 2014: Magazine article on Khalid Bekkaoui's stay in Innsbruck: "Kulturelle Begegnungen", Zukunft forschung 2/2014, page 48.

Audio files

January 26 - 30, 2015: Radio series: Mario Klarer in "Betrifft Geschichte" on Ö1, 5:55 pm.

Logo January 26: "Piraterie und Sklavenhandel seit der Antike"
January 27: "Formen nordafrikanischer Sklaverei"
January 28: "Sexuelle Standhaftigkeit versklavter Christinnen"
January 29: "Berichte geflohener oder freigekaufter ehemaliger Sklaven"
January 30: "Cervantes, Defoe und Rousseau"

February 25, 2014: Radio interview with Mario Klarer on Radio Freirad 105,9 (in "uni konkret", radio broadcast of the University of Innsbruck, February 2014,

Video files

November 13 - 14, 2014 we held a conference on "Perspectives on Northern Africa in the Early Modern Period: Piracy, Slavery, and Diplomacy" at Innsbruck. Speakers were Khalid Bekkaoui, Carsten Junker, Magnus Ressel, Joachim Oestlund, Elisabeth Watzka-Pauli, and Gillian Weiss.

Tobias Auböck (Innsbruck University): Opening remarks


Khalid Bekkaoui (Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University, Fez):
“Islamic Otherness and the Ambiguous Quest for Identity in American Barbary Captivity Narratives”


Joachim Östlund (Lund University):
“The Barbary Captivity Narrative and Other Stories from Northern Africa”


Magnus Ressel (University of Frankfurt):
“Algerian Captivity and World Literature. The Example of The Jew's Beech (Die Judenbuche)”


Elisabeth Watzka-Pauli (University of Graz):
“The Trinitarians of the Habsburg Monarchy in the 18th Century and Their ‘Redemptions’ of Slaves on the Barbary Coast”


Gillian Weiss (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio):
“A Huguenot Captive in ‘Uthman Dey’s Court: Histoire chronologique du royaume de Tripoly (1685) and Its Author”