Professor Catherine Hall

Chair Emerita of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership

Catherine Hall's research focuses on re-thinking the relation between Britain and its empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is particularly interested in the ways in which empire impacted upon metropolitan life, how the empire was lived 'at home', and how English identities, both masculine and feminine, were constituted in relation to the multiple 'others' of the empire. Civilising Subjects looks at the process of mutual constitution, both of colonizer and colonized, in England and Jamaica in the period between the 1830s and the 1860s. Catherine's recent book, Macaulay and Son: Architects of Imperial Britain (2012), focuses on the significance of the Macaulays, father and son, in defining the parameters of nation and empire in the early nineteenth century.

Catherine was Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded project Legacies of British Slave Ownership (2004-12), and of the new ESRC/AHRC funded project 'The Structure and Significance of British-Caribbean Slave-Ownership, 1763-1833' (2013-16). 

Qualifications & memberships of professional bodies

1992  DPhil  University of East London 

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society 

Major Publications

Media Coverage

The Guardian  27 Aug 13  Follow the money: investigators trace forgotten story of Britain's slave trade 
Evening Standard  28 Feb 13  Database that lets you see if your wealthy ancestors owned slaves 
Herald Scotland  28 Feb 13  Secret shame: The Scots who made a fortune from abolition of slavery 
The York Press  28 Feb 13  North Yorkshire's slavery links documented online
BBC News 27 Feb 13  How many Britons are descended from slave-owners? 
BBC Radio 4 27 Feb 13 Today Programme
The Guardian  27 Feb 13  Britain's massive debt to slavery
The Guardian  01 May 12  A room of one's own: why the Women's Library should not be made history

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