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QMCECS Seminar: Miles Ogborn: 12 October 2016

October 5, 2016

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Queen Mary Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar

12 October 2016

Prof Miles Ogborn (QMUL)

The Deliberative Voice: Speech, Politics and Slavery in the Anglo-Caribbean World

This paper examines the ways in which speech was central to forms of political practice and political action for all those living within the slave societies of Barbados and Jamaica from the late seventeenth century to the early nineteenth century. Treating forms of speech as situated, embodied and performed cultural practices which constitute political subjects, it attends to the modes of political speech that people on these islands voiced, heard and thought they heard in a range of sites and situations: declarations, proclamations, oaths of allegiance and debates over political action; but also rumours, gossip, libels, insults and overt challenges to authority.

Chair: Amanda Vickery
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Time: 5.00-7.00pm.

Venue: Seminar Room, Lock-Keeper’s Cottage Graduate Centre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London, E1 4NS.

Convenors: Prof Markman Ellis, English (; Prof Colin Jones, History (; Prof Miles Ogborn, Geography (; Prof Amanda Vickery, History (, Prof Barbara Taylor, English and History (

[Travel instructions: take the Central Line or District Line to Mile End. Exit the tube station, turn left down Mile End Road, crossing the Burdett Road/Grove Road intersection, passing under the Mile End Green Bridge and over the canal, to the campus entrance at Westfield Way. The Lock-Keeper’s Cottage is the third building on the right].

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