Mary Turner: Round Table and Memorial Lecture on Caribbean Slavery

Prof%20Mary%20Turner-WebsiteThe Institute of Commonwealth Studies will be hosting “Mary Turner: Round Table and Memorial Lecture” on September 16, 2013, from 4:00-8:00pm at the University of London’s Senate Room (Senate House, First Floor), located on Malet Street in Bloomsbury, London, England.

Sponsored by the Institute of Latin American Studies and the UK Society for Caribbean Studies, the event will include a keynote speech—“Abolition, Violence and the Agency of the Enslaved: a new interpretation”by David Eltis (Robert W. Woodruff Professor of History at Emory University).


4:00 – 5:30pm: “Mary Turner and Caribbean Studies” – a round table organized by the UK Society for Caribbean Studies. Contributors – Mandy Banton (ICS) Gad Heuman (ICS & Warwick) Dianna Paton (Newcastle) Christer Petley (Southampton), and Kate Quinn (UCL)

6:00pm: “Abolition, Violence and the Agency of the Enslaved: a new interpretation” – Mary Turner Memorial Lecture by David Eltis of Emory University, USA.

Mary Turner was a leading scholar of Caribbean slavery and its interface with wage labour and a senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies for many years. Previously she had been professor of history at Dalhousie University in Canada. In London she did much to widen and deepen the scope of the Caribbean Societies Seminar.  Her involvement in Caribbean history began when she was teaching in Jamaica and contributed to The Making of the West Indies (1960). She later published the seminal work, Slaves and Missionaries: the Disintegration of Jamaican Slave Society, 1788-1834 (1982), The Baptist War and Abolition (1982), From Chattel to Wage Slaves (1995) and numerous articles, including a chapter on slave religious beliefs for the UNESCO History of the Caribbean, Volume 3. She passed away on 22 January 2013.

Professor Eltis is a leading scholar of African, American and Caribbean slavery and author of many major studies, including his Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, co-edited with David Richardson (Yale University Press), volume 3 of The Cambridge World History of Slavery, co-edited with Stanley Engerman, Economic Growth and The Ending of the Transatlantic Slave Trade (1987), which won the British Trevor Reese Memorial Prize, and The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas (2000), awarded the Frederick Douglass Prize, the John Ben Snow Prize, and the Wesley-Logan Prize. A research associate at Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute since 1993 and Robert W. Woodruff Professor of History at Emory, Eltis is best known for his interests in the early modern Atlantic world, slavery, and migration (both free and coerced).

Professor Eltis’s lecture will be followed by a reception.


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