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June | Thu 22nd | 18:30

Slavery in Small Things: Slavery and Modern Cultural Habits FREE

Professor Walvin’s talk will explore the cultural legacy of slavery through commonplace daily objects. It will trace the relationship between slavery and modern cultural habits through an analysis of such objects that include sugar, tobacco, tea, maps, portraiture, print, and more. It utilises common objects to illustrate the cultural impact and legacy of the Atlantic slave trade.

Professor James Walvin is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Professor Emeritus at the University of York, and formerly a Visiting Fellow at Yale University. His books include Black Ivory: Slavery in the British Empire, 2E (2001); The Trader, The Owner, The Slave: Parallel Lives in the Age of Slavery (2007); A Short History of Slavery (2007); Britain’s Slave Empire (2008); The Zong: A Massacre, the Law and the End of Slavery (2011); The Slave Trade (2011); and Crossings: Africa, the Americas and the Atlantic Slave Trade (2013).

This is a NELH (North East Labour History) talk, the first event in the North East Labour History Society’s Jubilee celebration. Many more events are planned and we will be advertising them all on our special Jubilee pages which will soon be appearing. Professor Walvin’s talk will be introduced by John Charlton.


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