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Colonial slavery profoundly shaped modern Europe – the continent as well as the British Isles. Yet while its legacies clearly reach into our world today, the extent and limits of slavery’s role in shaping history in different European imperial contexts has only relatively recently begun to attract scholarly attention. How have these histories been situated within national and public histories of slavery and the slave-trade? How can we map and analyse economic, social and cultural historical aspects of enslavement? How were national identities in Europe constituted in relation to the multiple ‘others’ of the colonies and their descendants?
Catherine Hall: Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History at UCL. Her 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. Her most 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 Hall was Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded project Legacies of British Slave Ownership(2004-12), and now of the new ESRC/AHRC funded project The Structure and Significance of British-Caribbean Slave-Ownership, 1763-1833 (2013-16).
Myriam Cottias: historian and Director of the Centre International de Recherches sur les Esclavages (CIRESC), an international research group on slavery sponsored by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and based at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. While Director of Research at the University of Antilles-Guyane, she coordinated the European Commission funded research programme Slave Trade, Slavery, Abolitions and their Legacies in European Histories and Identities (2007-2012). Most recently, she has published Une femme des Antilles dans l'espace colonial français (1916-1955) (Armand Colin, 2012), with Madeleine Dobie and Mayotte Capécia.
IF-UCL collaboration: ‘In Place(s) of Memory’
UCL and the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni have recently signed an agreement to collaborate on a series of workshops over a period of three years, focusing on research in the Humanities, to build on existing and explore new links between UCL and French academic and research organisations. The UCL European Institute is organising the first year of activity under this new scheme. Entitled ‘In Place(s) of Memory’, the season has an interdisciplinary focus and, particularly appropriate given the centenary of the beginning of World War I in 2014, aims to offer an intellectual platform for established scholars, early career academics, and the wider public on history, memory, and commemoration.
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UCL European Institute
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