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Closing of the Slave Trades: Transatlantic Perspectives, An International Symposium

Thursday, May 29-Saturday, May 31, 2008
Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Co-sponsored by the British Academy, the School of History and Anthropology, Queens University-Belfast, and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University


Thursday, May 29, 2008


2:00-2:30 p.m. Welcome
David Blight, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University
Catherine Clinton, U.S. History Chair, Queens University-Belfast
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Postgraduate Student Roundtable
  • Augusta de Fatima Charifo Maita, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
    British Abolition’s Impact on the Global Slave Trade in Mozambique
  • Richard Huzzey, Oxford University
    “A Nation of Abolitionists”: Britain’s Crusade Against the Slave Trade
  • Nicholas Wood, University of Virginia
    Abolition or Non-Importation?: Moral and Commercial Language in British and American Prohibition of the Slave Trade [Abstract]

    Comment: Catherine Clinton and David Blight

Friday, May 30, 2008


8:30-9:15 a.m. Coffee and Tea
9:15-9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Panel 1: Commemoration of the Ending of the Slave Trade in the UK: A Retrospective Roundtable
  • James Walvin, University of York
    How Should We Remember the Slave Trade?: History and Public Memory
  • Tony Phillips, British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Helen Weinstein, Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past, University of York
    Reflections on the 2007 Bicentenary

    Chair: David Blight, Yale University

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Panel 2: Visual Images and Curatorial Strategies
  • Zoe Whitley, Victoria and Albert Museum
    Facing “Uncomfortable Truths”: Re-evaluating a Museum Project
  • Cheryl Finley, Cornell University
    Curating the Slave Trade: Exhibition, Re-enactment, Embodiment [Abstract]
  • Hazel Edwards, Tyne and Wear Museums
    Remembering Slavery - A Catalyst for Change [Abstract]

    Chair: Catherine Clinton, Queen’s University

12:45 – 2:30 p.m.Lunch
2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Panel 3: Going Global: New Perspectives in Slavery Studies
  • Adam Rothman, Georgetown University
    The United States and Africa in the Nineteenth Century
  • David Eltis, Emory University
    The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database
  • Jean Allain, Queen’s University School of Law
    International Criminal Law and Anti-Slavery Today [Abstract]

    Chair: David Blight, Yale University

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Tea
4:30 – 5:45 p.m. Panel 4: Public History: How Do We Take Our Projects into the Future?
  • Richard Rabinowitz, American History Workshop
    Piercing the Paper Mask: Hearing the Voiceless in Exhibitions about Slavery
  • Robert Blyth, Greenwich Maritime Museum
    Bringing the Past to a New Generation of Museumgoers
  • Richard Benjamin, International Slavery Museum
    “Museums and Politics”: The International Slavery Museum

    Chair: David Richardson, Hull University

5:45 – 6:30 p.m. Reception and Book Signing
6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Closing Dinner
8:00 p.m. Public Lecture


Saturday, May 31, 2008
Downtown Walking History Tour
Mural tour including the image of Frederick Douglass