INAUGURAL LECTURE - Professor Matthew Smith: A Troubled Freedom: Power & Caribbean Memory of Slavery

04 March 2022, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm

A Troubling Freedom: Power and Memories of Slavery

This event is free.

Event Information

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Helena Vowles-Shorrock – History


Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
2nd Floor, South Junction, Wilkins Building
Gower Street
United Kingdom

It took nearly a century for chattel slavery to be abolished in the Caribbean. It took even longer for the countries of the region to become independent of their colonial rulers. The resonances of these two deeply linked processes are indelible, rising more sharply during moments of political and social tension. Drawing on two decades of research, this presentation reflects on how legacies of slavery have been marshalled by various publics since the nineteenth century and considers what collective and political remembrances, especially after decolonization, reveal about the evolution of Caribbean history making.  

The lecture will take place 18:30-19:30 in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, and will be followed by a drinks reception in the South Cloisters. 

For those who are unable to attend in-person, this event will be live streamed via the UCL Youtube channel at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_a9xOwRlsw 

Image: David Gilkey, for NPR. The image is of the San Souci ruins in Milot, Haiti. 

About the Speaker

Professor Matthew Smith

at UCL History

Matthew J. Smith is Professor of History and Director of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery. Previously he taught at the University of the West Indies, Mona in Jamaica. His special interest is in the post slavery political, social and migratory histories of Haiti and Jamaica.   

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