The unexplored legacies of colonialism left by individuals and groups from the North East of Scotland in the Caribbean, North America, South Asia, and Africa are manifest in the present through acts of historical erasure, structural racism, institutional racism and inequality. These legacies have sparked a range of responses throughout the region such as political and community organising, activism and creative production. Rigorous historical enquiry that lays the groundwork for the development of cultural and educational policy is another.
With support from the University of Aberdeen Museums and Special Collections and The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, this one-day virtual conference seeks to explore how individuals from the North East of Scotland participated in Britain’s growing empire during the 18th and 19th centuries. We invite participants interested in the many settlers, soldiers, planters, magistrates, pirates and missionaries from the regions of Scotland’s North East that now constitute Aberdeenshire, Moray and Angus. We welcome presentations from scholars and anyone carrying out research into colonial connections to the North East of Scotland.
This online conference, organized by Dr Eloise Grey and Matthew Lee (University of Aberdeen) and Dr Desha Osborne (Hunter College, City University of New York), will take place on 18 June 2021. Please send an abstract of 200-300 words for a 20-minute presentation (.doc, .pdf or .rtf format) by 31 January 2021. Invited speakers will be notified by 1 March. Please also send a brief biography with contact details and interests.