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18:00 - 20:00 12 March 2014

Legacies of European colonial slavery


G08 Lecture Theatre | Chadwick Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Professor Catherine Hall, Modern British Social and Cultural History at UCL, Catherine's research focuses on re-thinking the relation between Britain and its empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is particularly interested in the ways in which empire impacted upon metropolitan life, how the empire was lived 'at home', and how English identities, both masculine and feminine, were constituted in relation to the multiple 'others' of the empire. Civilising Subjects looks at the process of mutual constitution, both of colonizer and colonized, in England and Jamaica in the period between the 1830s and the 1860s.
Professor Myriam Cottias, historian and Director of the Centre International de Recherches sur les Esclavages (CIRESC), an international research group on slavery sponsored by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and based at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. While Director of Research at the University of Antilles-Guyane, she coordinated the European Commission funded research programme Slave Trade, Slavery, Abolitions and their Legacies in European Histories and Identities (2007-2012). Most recently, she has published Une femme des Antilles dans l'espace colonial français (1916-1955) (Armand Colin, 2012), with Madeleine Dobie and Mayotte Capécia.

Colonial slavery profoundly shaped modern Europe – the continent as well as the British Isles. Yet while its legacies clearly reach into our world today, the extent and limits of slavery’s role in shaping history in different European imperial contexts has only relatively recently begun to attract scholarly attention. How have these histories been situated within national and public histories of slavery and the slave-trade? How can we map and analyse economic, social and cultural historical aspects of enslavement? How were national identities in Europe constituted in relation to the multiple ‘others’ of the colonies and their descendants?

There will be a workshop associated to this lecture.

In Place(s) of Memory Series. The last event in our 2013-14 series with the Institut Français in London.


Uta Staiger


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