The Black Jacobins Revisited: Rewriting History Conference

Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 9:30am to Monday, October 28, 2013 - 6:00pm
International Slavery Museum and Bluecoat Arts Centre, See map Liverpool

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To mark seventy-five years of pioneering anticolonial and historiography-shifting work, C.L.R. James’s The Black Jacobins, we are organising a major international two-day conference at the International Slavery Museum and Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool. Ever since The Black Jacobins transformed the way colonial history was written, this single work has for seventy-five years dominated all studies of the Haitian Revolution and decolonization. Yet, uncharted areas of this standard reference work still remain. Key aims of the conference are to break new ground and explore new approaches where this classic history is concerned. Papers will be considered on any aspect relating to The Black Jacobins and its legacies, but possible topics could include:
• Discussion of The Black Jacobins in relation to James’s own evolving political practice and activism, including his collaborations as political organiser.
• The making and remaking of The Black Jacobins as the famous work morphs through major generic transformations, both beginning and ending life as a play.
• Contributions made by The Black Jacobins to problems of writing Caribbean history: gaps and perspectives in official historical records housed in metropolitan archives.

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