ARTICLE/CONF: Cleall Reviews 2012 Legacies of British Slave-Ownership Conference at University College of London

Esmé R. Cleall. “Emancipation, Slave-Ownership and the Remaking of The British Imperial World, University College London, 29–31 March 2012.” History Workshop Journal 75, no. 1 (April 1, 2013): 307–310.

Excerpt:

This conference came out of the ESRC-funded Legacies of British Slave-Ownership Project (LBS) at University College London. Since April 2009 the LBS group has been investigating the legacies of British slavery, and in particular, the afterlife of the £20 million paid to slave-owners in compensation for the loss of their ‘property’ on the abolition of slavery in the British Empire in 1833. Nick Draper has been exploring the financial and economic legacies of the £20 million, including its reinvestment in the railways and the financial City of London. Catherine Hall has been tracing the cultural memory of slave-ownership and the rewriting of histories of Britain’s involvement in slavery over the course of the nineteenth century, particularly in the writings of the descendants of slave-owners. Keith McClelland has been tracing the political legacies of the slave-owners, including the enduring power of those who had received compensation money in the British Parliament, their representation of themselves as victims of abolition, the rewriting of their history to align themselves with anti-slavery and their search for new forms of labour and work discipline. With Rachel Lang and Ben Mechan the group have also constructed an online public database of slave-owners at the point of abolition; held six public-engagement workshops across Britain to bring together academic, community and family historians of slavery; and curated an exhibition on the ‘Slave-owners of Bloomsbury’. Katie Donnington’s forthcoming PhD on the Hibbert Family is also a valuable part of this project as is the Encyclopaedia of British Slave-ownership, based on the group’s findings, which will be published shortly. The conference was thoughtfully constructed to share, discuss and extend some of the core questions raised by the LBS research group – What was the character of the British imperial state? What happened to the planters and slave economy after slavery had been abolished? What free forms of labour were established? And how can historians connect with the public, museums and artists to explore these issues?

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CFP: “Pictures from an Expedition: Aesthetics of 19th-century Cartographic Exploration in the Americas” (Newberry Library)

Call for Papers:
Newberry Library Symposium, June 20-21, 2013, Chicago, IL
“Pictures from an Expedition: Aesthetics of 19th-century Cartographic Exploration in the Americas”

We seek historians, art historians, geographers, and scholars of visual culture for a symposium to be held in Chicago at the Newberry Library on June 20-21, 2013. The symposium will consider the aesthetics and visual culture of 19th-century cartographic exploration in the Americas. The nineteenth century represented a high point in mapping expeditions at the hemispheric level. These ostensibly scientific expeditions, which charted territories often in support of nation building projects, produced vast amounts of visual and artistic materials. This symposium will focus on this visual material addressing such questions as: What kinds of 19th-century visual practices and technologies of seeing do these materials engage? How does scientific knowledge get translated into the visual and disseminated to the public? Can looking at mapping hemispherically challenge a distinction between North American and South/Central/Latin American methodologies or practices of exploration? We are interested in all forms of visual representation, including maps, sketches, drawings, landscape paintings, photography, lithography, etc. Scholars focusing on visual aspects of indigenous mappings, polar or Alaskan exploration, and Amazonian South America are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

The symposium is generously funded by a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. Participants’ travel and lodging will be covered.

Proposals including a title and abstract (maximum 500 words) should be sent by Monday, January 14, 2013 to:

Ernesto Capello, History, Macalester College, ecapello@macalester.edu
Julia Rosenbaum, Art History, Bard College, rosenbau@bard.edu

CFP: Graduate Student/Junior Scholar Workshop on “Black Freedom in the Atlantic World”

Vanderbilt University Workshop
“The Age of Emancipation: Black Freedom in the Atlantic World”
April 26-27, 2013
Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities

Vanderbilt University’s Sawyer Seminar “The Age of Emancipation:  Black Freedom in the Atlantic World” invites applications from senior graduate students and junior scholars to participate in a two day workshop on the topic.  The workshop will provide a setting for participants to present their work in an interdisciplinary setting.
Applications must be submitted by December 15, 2012.  For more information, see our website:  http://vanderbilt.edu/rpw_center.

Hillery Pate
Activities Coordinator | Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities
Vanderbilt University
PMB 351534 | 2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235
Phone 615.343.6240 | Fax 615.343.2248