The Glasgow Colonial and Postcolonial Group holds monthly meetings. 20 minute presentations are followed by informal discussion. All welcome.

Coming up:

In October 2014:  Michael Hopcroft will be speaking on ‘Highlander Adventurers and Caribbean Slavery, 1750-1850’.

Time: 5pm, 21st October

Location: Room 205, 5 University Gardens, University of Glasgow,

Future sessions will include:

Louise Dear on ‘decolonial theory’

Laura Eastlake on British imperialism and the Roman past

Past events include:

  • Alistair Tough on colonial archives and the development of record keeping on Tuesday 15 January 2013.

Recommended Reading: Tough, A. G. (2012) Oral culture, written records and understanding the twentieth-century colonial archive: the significance of understanding from within. Archival Science 12(3). pp. 245-265. ISSN 1389-0166 (doi:10.1007/s10502-011-9162-1)

  • Stephen Mullen on ‘Glasgow in the Atlantic World: the Imperial City and the Politics of Forgetting’ on Tuesday 12 February 2013.

Recommended Reading: John M. Mackenzie, ‘The second city of the empire : Glasgow – imperial municipality’ in (eds) F.Driver, D.Gilbert, Imperial cities : landscape, display and identity, (Manchester, Manchester University Press, 1999), p. 215-237; and T.M. Devine, ‘Did Slavery Make Scotia Great?’, Britain and the World, 4/1, (2011), pp.40-64.

  • Michael Morris on ‘Recovering Scotland’s memory of the black Atlantic’ on Tuesday 12 March 2013.

Recommended Reading: Carla Sassi, ‘Acts of (Un)willed Amnesia: Dis/appearing Figurations of the Caribbean in Post-Union Scottish Literature’, in Caribbean-Scottish Relations, Colonial & Contemporary Inscriptions in History, Language and Literature, Mango Publishing (London: 2007), pp.131-197.

  • Angus Mackenzie on ”Empire Conscious’: Scotland’s industrial elites and Empire, 1932-1938′ on Tuesday 14 May 2013.

Recommended Reading: R. J. Finlay, ‘National Identity, Union and Empire, c.1850-1970’ in Mackenzie, J.M. and T.M. Devine (eds.), Scotland and the British Empire (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).

  • Matthew Waites on ‘Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth – Developing a Post-colonial Political Analysis of Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change’ on Tuesday 14 May 2013.

Recommended Reading: Matthew Waites (2010) ‘Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and the Generation of Childhoods: Analysing the Partial Decriminalisation of “Unnatural Offences” in India’; in P. Hynes, M. Lamb, D. Short and M. Waites eds. (2010) Sociology and Human Rights: New Engagements, Special Issue of International Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 14, no.6, pp.971-993

  • Justin Livingstone on ‘Remembering or Re-membering?: the Posthumous Reputation of Dr David Livingstone’ on Tuesday 24 September 2013.

Recommending Reading: MacKenzie, John M., ‘David Livingstone: The Construction of the Myth’, in Graham Walker and Tom Gallagher (eds), Sermons and Battle Hymns (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1990), pp. 24–42; and MacKenzie, John M., ‘The Iconography of the Exemplary Life: The Case of David Livingstone’, in Geoffrey Cubitt and Allen Warren (eds), Heroic Reputations and Exemplary Lives (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000), pp. 84–104

  • Tuesday 29 October 2013: ‘Talking about Haiti’ Special Event. Rawle Gibbons – “Carnival and Caribbean consciousness: The Jouvay Ayiti Experience”. Nick Nesbitt – “Fragments of a Universal History: Masses, Subjects, and Ideas in the Black Jacobins”. Matthew J. Smith ; “Made by Revolution: CLR  James and West Indian Visions of Haitian History”
  • Louise Welsh and Jude Barber from the Empire Cafe project on Tuesday 19 November 2013
  • Tuesday 10 December 2013: Mary Ellis Gibson, “Middling People: Complicity, Resistance and Writing in the Empire.”
  • Tuesday 4 February 2014: Chris Dolan (award-winning novelist and film maker)
  • Tuesday 4 March 2014: Paul Sutton, ‘Nationalism in the Caribbean: Symbol and Substance in the Long-View’.
  • Tuesday 1 April 2014: Rosie Spooner,  ‘Object Lessons: Changing Approaches to Imperial and Colonial Histories’.Recommended Readings: – Antoinette Burton, ed., After the Imperial Turn: Thinking With and Through the Nation (Durham, NC.: Duke University Press, 2003). Particularly Burton’s introductory chapter. – Sarah Longair and John McAleer, eds., Curating Empire: Museums and the British Imperial Experience (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012). – Richard Price, “One Big Thing: Britain, Its Empire, and Their Imperial Culture,” Journal of British Studies 45, no. 3 (July 2006): 602–627. – Nicholas Thomas, Colonialism’s Culture: Anthropology, Travel and Government (London: Polity Press, 1994).

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