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Representing and Remembering Slavery in the Americas, the University of York, U.K., 30 & 31st May

May 30, 2014 - May 31, 2014
History Department, The University of York

The University of York
York YO10 4DD
United Kingdom

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Keynote speakers:

James Walvin
The University of York

Organisers:

David Doddington
The University of York

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Representing and Remembering Slavery in the Americas, the University of York, U.K., 30 & 31st May

This conference brings together academics interested in the history of slavery in the Americas (c.15-19th century), but also allows scholars to address contemporary cultural and political representations and remembrances of slavery. The past decade has seen significant public and popular engagement with the histories of slavery in the Americas, with memorial events, films, literature, and museums encouraging people to confront and engage with various representations and imaginings of slavery outside of the academy. In this conference we will explore how these representations help shine a light onto the dark past of slavery, as well as the present day, but also the manner in which these imaginings can manipulate, distort, or omit vital elements of the stories of slavery in the Americas.

Speakers include:

Eleanor Bird (Sheffield), David Brown (Manchester), Rebecca Fraser (UEA), Christian Hogsbjerg (York), Joseph D. Jordan (Vanderbilt), Adrian Knapp (Leeds), Jane Lancaster (Brown), Alison T. Mann (US National Parks Service), Annika McPherson (Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenberg), Lydia Plath (Canterbury Christ Church), Bradley Proctor (North Carolina), Anna Pochmara-Ryzko (Warsaw), Ben Schiller (Teesside), Emily West (Reading), Raphael Hormann (Justus-Liebig-University Giessen), Rachel Silvia (Connecticut), Robyn Autry (Wesleyan), Luke Bresky (St. Mary’s University College, Calgary), Kerry Sinnan (UWE Bristol).

Topics covered: 

Violence, Gender and Education in Caryl Phillips' Cambridge; Slaveownership and Postbellum Klan Violence in North and South Carolina; Antebellum Empathy for a District of Columbia Slave Trader; British Representations of American Slavery During the American Civil War; Transatlantic Black Radical Abolitionism; The Haitian Revolution on Film; Slave Mother and Free Daughter in Nineteenth Century African American Fiction; Caribbean Slavery in the Contemporary Literary Imagination; The Cost of Freedom in American Slave Narratives; Crossing the Line of Difference with M. NourbeSe Philip's Zong!; Notes on Maroon the Implacable; The Collected Writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz; Slavery at Brown University; Visualizing the Body in (and out of) Captivity at U.S. Museums; Protest Memory in Contemporary Anti-Slavery Visual Culture; Authenticity or Entertainment: American Slavery on Film; The Slave as A Cultural Artifact; “Impounders of Stray women": Tracing Feminine Fugitives at Blithedale

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May 23, 2014, 5:00pm BST

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