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Can we know what is was like to be enslaved? A public discussion

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion

  • Bristol Museums and Galleries
We all know what is was like to be enslaved…or do we? Popular films such as 12 Years a Slave, based on Solomon Northup's memoir, give us some idea about the lives of slaves in the United States. But for the enslaved in the Caribbean and Africa, there are few written accounts about their lives and those slaves that did have the chance to tell their story were often limited by slave owners and publishers in what they were able to say. This discussion will consider how, in the absence of written accounts, a group of contemporary writers have attempted to reconstruct the lives of the enslaved using archaeological evidence as a starting point. A panel of experts including archaeological scientists, literary scholars and creative writers will consider what science can tell us about slavery, the value of fictional accounts of slave lives, and how reconstructing these experiences impacts on our understanding of history. The discussion will open and close with a reading of new work by Ralph Hoyte and Vanessa Kisuule. This event is free to attend and is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. BSL interpretation available if booked by 16 September 2016 https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/black-history-month-slavery-a-public-discussion/

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