Lecture by Professor Vincent Brown, Harvard University - The Coromantee War: Charting the course of an Atlantic slave revolt.
Vincent Brown, Charles Warren Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies, is a multi-media historian with a keen interest in the political implications of cultural practice. He directs the History Design Studio and teaches courses in Atlantic history, African diaspora studies, and the history of slavery.
The transatlantic slave trade spread people from a vast region of Atlantic Africa throughout the Americas. The trade also redistributed political and military power. Upon captivity, people who had been administrative or military leaders suddenly found themselves uprooted from sustaining landscapes, scattered by currents and trade winds, and replanted in strange territories where they struggled to rebuild their social connections and recover their influence. Inevitably, some determined that only war could rectify their dishonor. More than highlighting resistance or the agency of the dispossessed, the Jamaican Coromantee War of 1760-1761 shows how the turmoil of enslavement, which ruptured systems of social authority and cultural continuity, figured the development of enslaved militancy as it originated, traveled, took root, and germinated in far-flung contexts.
The event will be followed by a drinks reception - all welcome.
Date and Time
University of Edinburgh, Meadows Lecture Theatre, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG