This one-day workshop will be held on Friday 27th October 2017 at the University of Liverpool, with support from the Royal Historical Society and the Centre for the Study of International Slavery.
This workshop is being held at a profoundly turbulent moment in American history, life and politics. Debates over Confederate monuments and the memory of slavery continue to rage, and activist movements, such as the M4BL, have demonstrated that the struggle for human and civil rights remains at the very heart of the American experience.
This workshop is designed to open up a dialogue between those in universities and beyond. Participants will discuss the history of slavery in the U.S., its continuing legacy and memory, and the best ways to communicate and represent its histories and impacts. Panels will explore America’s violent pasts and legacies, new approaches to the study of US slavery, slavery as represented in film, and the communication and commemoration of the institution. There will be a screening and discussion of 1745: An Untold Story of Slavery, a short film that tells the story of two enslaved sisters who escaped into the wilds of eighteenth-century Scotland.