POSTPONED - NEW DATE TBA - Sarah Parker Remond: Transatlantic Abolitionist & Women's Rights Activist
25 March 2020, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm
Unfortunately, due to the current travel restrictions, this event had to be postponed - new date TBA. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. UCL’s new Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism & Racialisation welcomes researcher Sirpa Salenius for a talk on the Centre’s activist namesake.
This event is free.
Sarah Parker Remond Centre
IAS Common GroundSouth Wing, Wilkins BuildingUCL, Gower StreetLondonWC1E 6BTUnited Kingdom
Unfortunately, due to current travel restrictions, this event had to be postponed - new date TBA. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
UCL’s Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation is delighted to announce its naming in honour of Sarah Parker Remond, transatlantic abolitionist, women’s rights activist and physician. Remond’s biographer, Sirpa Salenius, Senior Lecturer at University of Eastern Finland and author of An Abolitionist Abroad: Sarah Parker Remond in Cosmopolitan Europe (University of Massachusetts Press, 2016), will give a talk on Remond’s race and gender activism in particular in England and Italy.
Remond (1826 – 1894) was a free-born African American radical, suffragist, anti-slavery activist and later, a physician. She moved to England in 1859 and, as a notable and effective abolitionist campaigner, was the first woman to lecture publicly against slavery in this country. Eventually, she settled in London’s Holland Park where she became active in a range of radical social movements.
Remond studied languages and liberal arts at Bedford College before changing direction sharply and enrolling at London University College from where she studied as a nurse in 1865. After becoming a British citizen in 1865, she relocated to Italy in 1866 and took the habilitation examination to become an obstetrician in 1868. Remond was not only a dynamic political voice against racial hierarchy and gender inequality but also a woman of science and medicine. Her life reveals an interesting history of the ways in which the pursuit of civil and political rights and citizenship by black people have been connected to the acquisition of rights and recognition by women.
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About the Speaker
University Lecturer, English Language at University of Eastern FinlandMore about Sirpa Salenius