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Annual Aylmer Lecture

Tuesday 20 June 2017, 5.30PM

Professor Catherine Hall - Imaginative geographies of the black/white Atlantic

The Aylmer Lecture is a highlight of the Department of History's annual programme of events. This year, Professor Catherine Hall will speak on 'Imaginative geographies of the black/white Atlantic'.

Professor Hall's lecture will focus on Edward Long, eighteenth-century slave-owner, family man, creole nationalist and historian, whose encyclopaedic History of Jamaica (1774) explicates proslavery politics. Long’s imagined geographies, rooted both in his lived experience and his attempted theorisations of racial difference, constituted the Atlantic as a place of white power, made productive by enslaved black labour. His politics of place fixed England, Jamaica and Africa in a fateful triangle, secured by racial binaries of ‘White’ and ‘Negro’. Those binaries could only be sustained by disavowal, that practice of knowing and not knowing the humanity of others, that remains central to an understanding of racisms today.

Catherine Hall is Emeritus Professor of History and Chair of the Centre for the Study of British Slave-ownership at UCL.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event (tickets are not required).

Location: Berrick Saul Building, University of York