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'Difficult Times', Professor Hazel V. Carby (Yale University)

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Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building

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This lecture is drawn from Professor Carby’s forthcoming book, Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands forthcoming from Verso, September 10 2019. Where are you from? Hazel Carby was continually asked as a girl, at a time when being Black and being British was understood to be an impossibility.

To answer that question properly Hazel Carby finds that she needs to trace not just the family history of her Jamaican father and her Welsh mother, but begin to untangle the knots of connection the British Empire created across the Atlantic. Tracing the skeins of this knotted past through the method of “autohistory,” Imperial Intimacies charts empire’s violent interweaving of lives and states, Jamaica and Britain, capital and bodies, public language and private feeling. In so doing, Carby will find herself reckoning with what she can tell, what she can remember, and what she can bear to know. “Difficult Times,” describes her her journey to recover the story of her father’s coming of age in Jamaica during the tumultuous years of the 1930s.

Professor Carby will be introduced by Dr Josie Gill from the Centre for Black Humanities at the University of Bristol.

Image credits: Kingston, Jamaica in the aftermath of the 1907 earthquake.

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