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Public Lecture and Book Launch: Slavery, the Caribbean and the Archive with Dr Michael Harrigan



Public Lecture and Book Launch: Slavery, the Caribbean and the Archive with Dr Michael Harrigan

Thursday 2nd December, 18.00 – 19.30, the Ballroom

Enslaved people lived in dire conditions and were subject to often brutal proprietary regimes, leaving them on the margins of colonial societies. Numerous social, legal, and cultural factors have combined to make learning about the day-to-day lives of slaves notoriously challenging for us in the present. However, isolated accounts remain, scattered in European archives, which instruct us in unexpected ways about how slaves and planters coexisted, and how slaves worshipped, treated illness, and even practiced magic.

In this lecture we will be discussing how we can understand such dispersed testimony, and what it can teach us about the slave societies of the Caribbean.

This lecture will be followed by the launch of Dr Harrigan’s latest book ‘Life and Death on the Plantation: Selected Jesuit Letters from the Caribbean’ with copies of the book available for purchase.

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