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New exhibition by Balliol Library
Wednesday 15 September 2021
A new exhibition presented by Balliol Library, Slavery in the Age of Revolution, examines the transatlantic slave trade at the end of the 18th century, through the lens of the College’s collections and the scholarship of some of its academic staff.
The exhibition shows the significance of transatlantic slavery in public life in the 18th century – including some of Balliol’s own associations with it. Informed by the work of Professor Marisa Fuentes (Oliver Smithies Visiting Fellow at Balliol 2019-2020), it foregrounds the voices of enslaved people and narratives of resistance to transatlantic slavery, especially that in Saint Domingue (now Haiti) led by Toussaint Louverture, the subject of a biography by Dr Sudhir Hazareesingh (CUF Lecturer in Politics and Tutorial Fellow in Politics). It also explores how transatlantic slavery was viewed by people in Europe, such as the opposition reflected in the poetry of Robert Southey (Balliol 1792), as explained by Professor Seamus Perry (Massey Fellow and Tutor in English).
[The exhibition and film are part of the ongoing:]
- Recovering A Looted Past ~ “Repatriating” African History: Old Artifacts + Technology ~ New Communities + New Narratives in African History
- Learning and Teaching World History in a Time of Global Crisis
- “When everyone teaches, everyone learns…” ~ Exploring World Cultures Through the Digital Humanities at Yale