Slave Narratives in French and British America, 1700-1848
Organized by Sophie White (University of Notre Dame) and Trevor Burnard (University of Melbourne).July 14-15, 2017
University of Notre Dame London Global Gateway
1-4 Suffolk St, London: northwest side of Trafalgar Square
This conference seeks to propel our thinking about how we understand the quotidian existence of enslaved people in the two biggest slave systems in the Greater Caribbean during the height of plantation slavery. Specifically, this conference focuses on alternative types of slave narratives and interrogates how such narratives were produced, the slave societies in which slave narratives existed and the meanings that we can attach to such narratives. The overall aim is to get more information about the everyday lives—including the spiritual lives—of slaves in the major two plantation empires in the Greater Caribbean. This should allow us to begin to move beyond planter narratives and accounts of slave life that outline demographic, material and economic realities in order to understand more fully enslaved persons’ lived experience. For French colonies, this means paying especially close attention to religion, since Catholic instruction was a formal requirement of enslavement. The conference will be the first ever dedicated to rethinking slave narratives in comparative British and French colonial perspective and will bring together some the world’s most eminent scholars of slavery. As such, this interdisciplinary gathering promises to be innovative, path-breaking and of profound significance.
This event is co-sponsored by the University of Notre Dame and the University of Melbourne. Additional support was provided by the Global Collaboration Initiative, the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts Henkels Conference Grant, the Nanovic Institute of European Studies, and the Departments of American Studies, Africana Studies, and History at the University of Notre Dame.
Conference registration is available here; registration for this event is free but required.
14 July, 2017
10:00AM - 10:10AM
Sophie White (University of Notre Dame) and Trevor Burnard (University of Melbourne)
10:10AM - 12:30PM
Session One: Telling Stories
Dominique Rogers (Université des Antilles et de la Guyane)
“Slave Judiciary Testimonies in the French Caribbean: What To Do With Them”
Cecile Vidal (E.H.E.S.S. Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales)
“Fictions in the Archives": Slave Tales in Court in French New Orleans"
Sophie White (University of Notre Dame)
“‘He said, without being asked…’: Slave Narratives and Testimony in French Colonial Courts”
1:30PM - 3:00PM
Session Two: European Perspectives
Amanda Capern (Hull University)
“Justice and equity: Litigant Narratives in the Early-Modern English Court of Chancery”
Miranda Spieler (American University-Paris)
“Slave Voice and the Legal Archive: The Case of Freedom Suits before the Paris Admiralty Court”
3:00PM - 3.30PM
3:30PM - 5:00PM
Session Three: The Nineteenth-Century British Caribbean
Trevor Burnard (University of Melbourne)
“‘I Know I Have to Work’: Slave Narratives and the Moral Economy of Labour in Berbice, 1819-1834”
Anita Rupprecht (University of Brighton)
“‘This Tortola is very bad’: Re-captive African Narratives and the Colonial Archive in the British Caribbean, 1807-1828”
15 July, 2017
10:00AM - 12:30PM
Session Four: Native Americans
Linford Fisher (Brown University)
"A 'Spanish Indian Squaw' in New England: Indian Ann’s Journey from Slavery to Freedom"
Brett Rushforth (University of Oregon, William & Mary Quarterly)
“‘She said her answers contained the truth’: Hearing Enslaved Voices in the Judicial Records of New France”
Margaret Newell (Ohio State University)
"In the Borderlands of Race and Freedom: Indian and African Slave Testimony in Eighteenth-Century New England"
12:30PM - 1:30PM
1:30PM - 3:00PM
Session Five: Literary and Visual Testimony
Nicole Aljoe (Northwestern University)
"Reading the ‘Memoir of Florence Hall’ Through the Long Song of the Caribbean Colonial Archive"
Sarah Thomas (Birkbeck College)
“Visual Testimonies in the Age of Emancipation: Searching for the ‘invisible man’”
3:00PM - 3.30PM
3:30PM - 5:00PM
Session Six: The Long View
Commentary: Emily Clark (Tulane University) and Gad Heuman (Warwick University)
International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism
July 27 – 29, 2017
East Carolina University
Console-ing Passions was founded in 1989 by a group of feminist media scholars and artists looking to create a space to present work and foster scholarship on issues of television, culture, and identity, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality. The first Console-ing Passions conference was held at the University of Iowa in 1992. Since then, Console-ing Passions has expanded to become not only the most important conference for scholars studying gender in television but also among the top conferences for scholars of media generally.
A note on travel funding: Scholars who wish to attend CP@ECU but lack state travel funds due to boycotts of North Carolina related to HB2 will be eligible to apply for assistance from a limited pool of special travel funds. Stay tuned for more information.
A note on House Bill 2: Console-ing Passions 2017 will provide a safe, welcoming environment to all of its members. The 2017 Conference Organizing Committee does not support or enforce HB2. Both the ECU Faculty Senate and the Greenville City Council passed resolutions opposing HB2.
Cheryl Dudasik-Wiggs, Teaching Instructor, Department of English (Women’s Studies)
Anna Froula, Associate Professor, Department of English (Film Studies)
Su-ching Huang, Associate Professor, Department of English (Asian American Studies)
Amanda Ann Klein, Associate Professor, Department of English (Film Studies)
Marianne Montgomery, Associate Professor, Department of English (Renaissance Studies)
Jennifer Valko, Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages (Hispanic Studies)
Katy Kavanagh Webb, Assistant Professor, Joyner Library
Carolyn Willis, Associate Professor, Joyner Library
More information at www.console-ingpassions.org