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Catherine Hall – “Making “Race” in the 18th Century Atlantic”
PLEASE NOTE: WORKSHOP HELD ON 3 THURSDAYS
May 4, 11, 18 from 9:00am to 11:45am in the History Reading Room, Bunche 6265
Catherine Hall, Professor, Dept. of History, University College London.
“Making “Race” in the 18th Century Atlantic”
This workshop will focus on the processes through which the binaries of black/white, slave/free were constituted in the C18 British West Indies. English and Scots settlers in the Caribbean became identified as ‘White men’ with power; Africans became ‘negroes’ who became ‘slaves’. This process of ‘race making’ took place on many sites and in relation to multiple practices and sets of relations. It could never be complete for the binaries could not be fixed and were constantly de-stabilised. The work of attempting to fix them was central to the work of colonisation. Each workshop will focus on one set of institutions and practices utilising both primary and secondary sources. Attention will be focused on the law, the family and the plantation.
This workshop is open to graduate students, with priority given to those in History, African American Studies, or those affiliated with the Atlantic Studies Group. Reserve your place by contacting Carla Pestana: firstname.lastname@example.org.