Media Advisory: Ebony Roots Symposium


Poets, mathematicians, art historians mark 200th anniversary of the end of legal slavery in the British Empire

Two hundred years ago, the passing of the Slave Trade Act marked the end of the legal trans-Atlantic trafficking of human beings in the British Empire. On April 4, the one-day symposium Ebony Roots will commemorate this anniversary.

Co-organized by Professor Charmaine Nelson and Karin Bourgeois, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, the symposium will bring together scholars, authors and artists to discuss the history of slavery, abolitionism and black settlement in Canada and the west.

What: Ebony Roots: Bi-Centenary Symposium

When: Wednesday, April 4, 6-9 p.m.

Where: S1-4, Stewart Biology Building, 1205 Dr. Penfield Avenue

Presentations will include Black People in Defence of Themselves: Antislavery as Human Rights, 1772-1807; Sugar Cane, Slaves and Ships: Race, Location and Power in Transoceanic Visual Art; Modernity, Nationalism and Early Black Photographers in Sierra Leone; Blackness and the Law in Slavery and Freedom; and As Long As You're South of the Canadian Border...: How the Pro-Slavery South Won the American Civil War. A question and answer period will follow the presentations.

On the Web: Ebony Roots

Contact Information

Cynthia Lee
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