Slavery and its Afterlives: Blackness, Representation, Social Justice, Vision

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Slavery and its Afterlives: Blackness, Representation, Social Justice, Vision will take place on July 8, 10:00am to 8:00pm at The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, and July 9,  10:00am to 8:00pm at Goldsmiths University of London (MMB), New Cross, London. This two-day conference, “Slavery and its Afterlives: Blackness, Representation, Social Justice Vision,” invites the academic and the wider community to explore the questions raised about reparations for slavery.

On Monday, July 8, 11:00am, Selwyn R. Cudjoe, professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College (Wellesley, Massachusetts) will speak on “Writing The Slave Master of Trinidad.” Joan Anim-Addo, professor for Caribbean and Disapora Studies at Goldsmiths, and convener of the conference, says that Cudjoe’s book “is timely and most important for our conference. His biography serves as an important reminder to scholars and lay readers alike, to look not only to the archives but also to the writing and interpretations by Black scholars, especially those whose lives were in good measure shaped by Atlantic slavery and its aftermath.”

Description: The Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies (CCDS) in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum will host its fourth ‘Diasporic Dialogues’ conference over 2 days in July.  CCDS’ Diasporic Dialogue conference series aims to extend our understanding of diaspora, to connect diasporas and, in the process, to forge new critical directions. This year, we take up questions of slavery, about which, notably, UK universities have been overwhelmingly silent.  Given the UK’s history of prestigious institutions and their entanglement with the ‘profits of racial slavery’ alongside its centuries-long established black presence, this conference intends to a) question practices that serve to inhibit  such necessary intellectual labour b) connect related theorising and practice, especially that centring the Caribbean region, North America, Africa and Europe and c) bring into relation the past centred on slavery, the present built on continued racial inequalities normalised through practices of slavery and colonialism, and the future burdened, already, with pressing issues of restorative justice and equity.

For more information on the conference, visit www.caribbeananddiasporic.wordpress.com

[Image above: An 1833 illustration of former slaves in Barbados celebrating the passing of the emancipation law. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images. Accessed via https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/26/caribbean-countries-slavery-compensation-claim.]

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