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An NELH Jubilee Talk: Professor James Walvin, Slavery in Small Things: Slavery and Modern Cultural Habits

22 June 2017 @ 6:30 pm


Professor James Walvin

A Joint Event with the Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society.

This is the first event in the North East Labour History Society’s Jubilee celebration. Many more events are planned and we will be advertising them all on our special Jubilee pages which will soon be appearing. Professor Walvin’s talk will be introduced by John Charlton.

We are most grateful to the North East Area Miners’ Social Welfare Trust Fund for their support for this and other NELH Jubilee events.

We are expecting a lot of interest in this talk so, to ensure your place, please call the Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society on 0191 232 0192. There is no charge for attendance.

Professor Walvin’s talk will explore the cultural legacy of slavery through commonplace daily objects. It will trace the relationship between slavery and modern cultural habits through an analysis of such objects that include sugar, tobacco, tea, maps, portraiture, print, and more. It utilises common objects to illustrate the cultural impact and legacy of the Atlantic slave trade.

Professor James Walvin is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Professor Emeritus at the University of York, and formerly a Visiting Fellow at Yale University. His books include Black Ivory: Slavery in the British Empire, 2E (2001); The Trader, The Owner, The Slave: Parallel Lives in the Age of Slavery (2007); A Short History of Slavery (2007); Britain’s Slave Empire (2008); The Zong: A Massacre, the Law and the End of Slavery (2011); The Slave Trade (2011); and Crossings: Africa, the Americas and the Atlantic Slave Trade (2013).


22 June 2017
6:30 pm


The Lit & Phil
23 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE United Kingdom
0191 232 0192