Canada and Black History Seminar 18 November

Revised 11 November


Wednesday 18 November, 6pm

University College London Institute of the Americas

& Legacies of British Slave-ownership project


Canada and the Black Atlantic – slavery and freedom in the new world

Talks by

Sean Creighton: 

 British and Canadian Black History connections

and Dr Afua Cooper: 

Slavery and Freedom – The Role of Canada in the Black Atlantic

James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Studies

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Afua Cooper

Dr Cooper will also read extracts from her book of poems Copper Women

Chair: Dr Tony McCulloch

Senior Fellow in North American Studies

Free but booking necessary:

Dr. Afua Cooper  is a scholar, historian, poet, and social and cultural commentator on African Canadian culture, Black women’s history, gender, slavery, abolition, and freedom, Black literatures, and education. She has conducted research on African-descended people and their culture across Canada, and internationally in Jamaica, France, the United States, Britain, Senegal, and Ethiopia. She is author of The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Slavery in Canada and the Burning of Old Montreal, Copper Woman and Other Poems, and My Name is Phillis Wheatley, and co-author of We’re Rooted Here and they Can’t Pull Us Up: Essays in African Canadian Women’s History She has curated and worked on six exhibits including, The Underground Railroad, Next Stop Freedom, Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada, and The Transatlantic Slave Trade. Her work on Black Canadian history and culture has made her the leading Canadian scholar in such fields. She has helped to centre dub poetry in Canada and beyond, and cofounded the Dub Poets Collective. Since 2011 she has been James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Studies at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is founder and chair of the Canadian Black Studies Association. Dr Cooper is in London for the launch at SOAS on 17 November of her daughter’s novel for teenagers about the medical condition fistula.

Coopper Whealtley

Sean Creighton is an independent historian who works on British black history. At Dr Cooper’s invitation he gave a paper on the connections between Canadian and British black histories at the Conference of the Canadian Black Studies Association in May. His father was Canadian. He will be giving a paper on those connections in the long-18th Century at the British Society for 18th Studies Annual Conference in Oxford in January.

PDF format flier can be downloaded here Afua Cooper 18 November

About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour, radical and suffrage movements, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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