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Blackness by Gaslight: Empire and Diasporic Memory in the Aftermath of Slavery, with Melanie J. Newton

Lunch and Learn: Black History Month

Location: Room 320

Melanie J. Newton is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto. She is the author of The Children of Africa in the Colonies: Free People of Color in Barbados in the Age of Emancipation (Baton Louisiana State University Press, 2008) and other scholarly articles and book chapters on gender, slavery and slave emancipation. Recent and forthcoming publications include Melanie J. Newton, “Returns to a Native Land? Indigeneity and Decolonization in the Anglophone Caribbean” (Small Axe vol. 41, July 2013, pp. 108-122) and Stefanie Kennedy and Melanie J. Newton, “The Hauntings of Slavery: Colonialism and the Disabled Body in the Caribbean,” in Shaun Grech and Karen Soldatic eds., Disability in the Global South (Springer, 2017). She is also the co-editor, with Matthew Smith, of two Small Axe special issues on “Caribbean Historiography” (43 and 44, March and July 2014). She has served on the editorial boards of the journals Small Axe and British Studies. Her current research project is entitled This Island’s Mine: Indigeneity in the Caribbean Atlantic World.

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