Skip to main content

Slavery, the Caribbean, and the Archive with Dr. Michael Harrigan (Live-Streamed BISC Lecture)

Michael Harrigan
Bader International Study Centre

Slave labour was integral to the plantation culture of the Caribbean; vast numbers of African slaves were transported across the Atlantic to labour in the cultivation of cash crops such as indigo, coffee, and sugar. Enslaved people lived in dire conditions and were subject to often brutal proprietary regimes, leaving them on the margins of colonial societies. Numerous social, legal, and cultural factors have combined to make learning about the day-to-day lives of slaves notoriously challenging for us in the present. However, isolated accounts remain, scattered in European archives, which instruct us in unexpected ways about how slaves and planters coexisted, and how slaves worshipped, treated illness, and even practiced magic. In this lecture we will be discussing how we can understand such dispersed testimony, and what it can teach us about the slave societies of the Caribbean.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 860 5407 1466
Passcode: 688319


Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.