Public Lecture: "Writing history, making race: slave-owners and their stories," Melbourne, 16th April

Emma Shortis Discussion

On behalf of Professor Marilyn Lake and the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, it is our great pleasure to invite you to the next event in the "Australia in the World" Lecture and Seminar Series for 2015:

Writing history, making race: slave-owners and their stories
Professor Catherine Hall
University College London

How did ideas about race develop across Britain and Australia in the early nineteenth century? Much attention has been paid to the movement for abolition and emancipation, less to the pro-slavers who made sustained efforts, with some considerable success, to defend 'their' property and their interests. In this lecture I will make the argument that the interventions of British and Caribbean slave-owners in the debates over the slave trade and slavery between the 1770s and the 1830s were critical to the ways in which race came to be understood in Britain. I will then explore some connections between these slave-owners and their descendants and the white settlers who made Australia their home in the early nineteenth century.

Thursday 16th April 2015
6.00pm – 7.00pm

Theatre A, Elisabeth Murdoch Building
The University of Melbourne
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Admission is free.
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