2019 Conference

Slavery and its Afterlives: Blackness, Representation, Social Justice, Vision
Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 July 2019
Venue: The National Maritime Museum and Goldsmiths, University of London

“In the wake, the past that is not past reappears, always to rupture the present.”
Christina Sharpe

The Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies (CCDS) in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum will host its fourth ‘Diasporic Dialogues’ conference over 2 days in July.  CCDS’ Diasporic Dialogue conference series aims to extend our understanding of diaspora, to connect diasporas and, in the process, to forge new critical directions. This year, we take up questions of slavery, about which, notably, UK universities have been overwhelmingly silent.  Given the UK’s history of prestigious institutions and their entanglement with the ‘profits of racial slavery’ alongside its centuries-long established black presence, this conference intends to a) question practices that serve to inhibit  such necessary intellectual labour b) connect related theorising and practice, especially that centring the Caribbean region, North America, Africa and Europe and c) bring into relation the past centred on slavery, the present built on continued racial inequalities normalised through practices of slavery and colonialism, and the future burdened, already, with pressing issues of restorative justice and equity.

Conference Registration Fee: £30-65 (includes light refreshments on both days)

Please click here to register.

Conference programme can be downloaded here.


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