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Pioneering the History of Black Britain

Posted on 1 November 2010

Yale University to honour the life's work of Jim Walvin, emeritus professor of history at York.

Later this month the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale are to hold a one-day conference in honour of Jim Walvin, emeritus professor of history here at York, "one of the great scholars of the Transatlantic slave trade, and a pioneer in the unearthing the history of Black Britain". The conference will bring together scholars from across the US, Britain, and the Caribbean to celebrate Walvin's considerable work in the field.

Jim, who spent most of his career at York and still lives in the city, has visited universities in Barbados, Australia, Britain, Africa and Yale, where he has held various fellowships, including a recent one at the Yale Center for British Art. Additionally, Jim Walvin was the British government advisor for the abolition celebrations in 2007 and he has recently been instrumental in developing a collaborative seminar with the Gilder Lehrman Center and York's Department of History for educators in the US the UK and West Africa to explore the history of the Middle Passage.