A Triangular Traffic:

A symposium on Literature, Slavery and the Archive

2-3 November 2007

University of Dundee

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  • Brycchan Carey
  • Siobhan Convery
  • Eric Graham
  • Jackie Kay
  • Peter Kitson
  • Nigel Leask
  • Caryl Phillips
  • James Procter
  • Alan Rice
  • James Robertson
  • Gemma Robinson
  • Abigail Ward
  • Marcus Wood


All sessions will be in the Queen Mother's Building at the University of Dundee unless otherwise indicated.

FRIDAY 2nd November 2007
9.45: Welcome
10 - 11.15: Plenary address: (Chair: Peter Kitson, President of the English Association)
Marcus Wood (Professor of English, University of Sussex), "Free to remember what? Some thoughts on 2007 in comparative perspective."
11.45 - 1.00: The archive of slavery (Chair: Aidan Day, University of Dundee)
Brycchan Carey (Reader in English Literature, Kingston University), `Lost protests, hidden watermarks, and suspiciously neat handwriting: abolitionism in manuscript'
Nigel Leask (Regius Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Glasgow), 'Robert Burns, Helen Maria Williams, and the Poetics of Abolition'.
Alan Rice (Reader in American Studies and Cultural Theory, University of Central Lancashire), `Commemorating Abolition: Revealing Histories in North-West Museum Archives and Stores'
1 - 2.00: Lunch
2 - 3.15: Scotland and the Slave Trade: (Chair: Anthony Parker, University of Dundee)
Eric Graham, (Honorary Post Doctoral Fellow of the Scottish History Department of Edinburgh University) `The Accounts of two Scots apprentices in the Slave Trade'
Siobhan Convery (Archivist, University of Aberdeen) 'Documentary sources for the slave trade: the University of Aberdeen's collections'
3.15 - 3:45: Break
4.15 - 5.45: James Robertson (DCA) - see Three exciting writers visit.... Chair: Jim Stewart, University of Dundee
6.00 Burn (Introduced by Peter Kitson, DCA)
SATURDAY 3rd November 2007
9.45: Welcome (Nicholas Davey, Dean of Humanities, University of Dundee)
10.00 - 11.15: The politics and poetics of memory (Chair: Gordon Spark, University of Dundee)
James Procter (Senior Lecturer in Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures, University of Newcastle), `A Compensatory Literature? 'Small Island Read 2007' and the Recollection of Slavery'
Gemma Robinson (Senior Lecturer in English Studies, University of Stirling),'"From the plantation earth": Martin Carter and subjects of slavery'
Abigail Ward, (Lecturer in Postcolonial Studies, Nottingham Trent University), `Transforming Documents into Monuments: Beryl Gilroy's Stedman and Joanna'
11.15 - 11.45: Break
11.45 - 1.00: Documentary screening (Marcus Wood)
1.00: Lunch
2-3.30: Panel on Literature and Slavery (Chair: Jane Goldman, University of Glasgow):
Caryl Phillips, Nigel Leask, Marcus Wood and Peter Kitson
4.30 - 5.45: Jackie Kay (DCA) - see Three exciting writers visit.... Chair: Gail Low, University of Dundee
5.45 - 6.30: Wine Reception
6.30 - 7.45: Caryl Phillips (DCA) - see Three exciting writers visit.... Chair: Femi Folorunso, Scottish Arts Council
8.00: Conference Dinner

For further information regarding the conference contact:

Dr Gail Low (G.Low@dundee.ac.uk) or
Professor Peter Kitson (P.J.Kitson@dundee.ac.uk)
School of Humanities
University of Dundee
Scotland, UK

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