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17:30 - 19:00 12 October 2016

Book launch: Transformations of Freedom in the Land of the Maroons


Lecture Room 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Professor Jean Besson, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Goldsmiths

Despite outstanding histories and ethnographies on maroons (escaped slaves and their descendants), there has been little attempt to compare the cultures of modern maroons with the cultures of the descendants of emancipated slaves who are the majority of African-Americans today. There is therefore a gap in the comparative exploration of creolization (‘indigenization’ in Europe’s ‘New World’) in maroon and non-maroon derivations of African-American slave cultures.

This book fills that gap through a comparative ethnography of three post-slavery communities – Accompong, Aberdeen and Maroon Town – that stand fast in the Jamaican Cockpit Country, at the heart of African-America’s Caribbean core. Accompong is the oldest corporate maroon society in the Americas enduring on common treaty land.


Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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