Abolition, slavery, the Caribbean, convict transportation, proto-democracy are among the subjects of papers at panels in the annual Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies 4-6 January. I am presenting two papers.
Friday kicks off at 11.15am with Dr Olivette Otele (Bath Spa University) giving the keynote talk: Remembering, Forgetting and Memorialising Histories in Contemporary Europe.
Olivette specialises in European colonial and post-colonial history, including questions relating to the transatlantic slave trade, slave societies, identities and post-colonial societies in the Atlantic world. Her current research centres around transnational history and in particular the link between history, collective memory and geopolitics in relation to British and French colonial pasts. She charts and analyses the ways in which Britain and France have been addressing questions of citizenship, race and identity through the politics of remembrance. She also enquires into the value of public gestures, the meaning of public history and the impact of cultural memory.
The panels and their papers perhaps of most interest to readers of this blog are:
Connections and conflicts: Islands and the British Empire in the Age of Sail
John McAleer. ‘Appurtenances of empire’: Atlantic islands and Britain’s eighteenth-century world
Douglas Hamilton. Islands and empires in the British eighteenth-century Caribbean
James Davey. Britain’s European island empire, 1793-1815
The Momentum of Change: Three Views on Abolitionism
Anna Harrington. ‘The subject had often employed his thoughts’: William Wilberforce and the beginning of the Abolition campaign
Conrad Brunstrom. “’Till Conquest cease, and slav’ry be no more”?: Poetry, slavery, and the paradoxes of maritime freedom.
Sean Creighton. The Princess of Zanfara and Bewick’s Kneeling Slave
Agrarian and Ecological Debates in the Global Eighteenth Century
Ramesh Mallipeddi. Race and Ecology in the Eighteenth-Century British Caribbean, 1627-1765
Shelise Robertson. A Voyage to Jamaica: Hans Sloane, Slavery, and Natural History
James Fisher. ‘He has good hands, but a bad head’: Dividing Mental and Manual Labour on an Eighteenth-Century Farm
Island to Island: Lost in Translation
Alissandra Cummins. The Commodification of Colour: Representing Identity in the Visual Histories of the Caribbean.
Lissa Paul. What You See Depends On How You Look:
Reading Eliza Fenwick from British and Caribbean Perspectives.
Brycchan Carey. The whole Island is become a kind of a rock’: sugar, slavery, and ecological catastrophe in Barbados, 1640–1750
Isolation – or worse – by jury: Penal Transportation and Execution
Mika Suzuki. Transportation, Justice and Creativity
Alix Chartrand. Shared experience of punishment? Irish and Indian convicts at the turn of the nineteenth century
Callum Easton. Contested Memory Formation and the 1797 Fleet Mutinies
Antiquary, Travel Writer, Publisher: Female Virtuosity in the Realms of Commerce and the Imagination
Helen Williams. Ann Fisher’s Almanac and the Newcastle Book Trade
Standing Up to be Counted: Re-evaluating Eighteenth-Century Popular & Electoral Politics
Penelope J. Corfield. Counting Votes: The Eighteenth-Century Emergence of a Constitutionalist Culture
Sean Creighton. The Role of Petitioning at Local Level: Newcastle Common Council from the 1780s to 1820s
Frank O’Gorman. Phases of Democracy: Proto-Democracy in Eighteenth-Century Elections?
The draft programme is downloadable here:
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