Muhlenberg Lecture 2020
Prof. Hazel Carby (Yale University)
Hazel V. Carby is the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and Professor Emeritus of American Studies and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. Prof. Carby will deliver the Muhlenberg Lecture 2020 entitled
Imperial Sexual Economies: Race, Gender and Power on a Jamaican Plantation
“The lecture is drawn from a section of Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands (Verso, 2019), a history of the British empire told through one woman’s search through her family’s story. The book is an intimate personal history and a sweeping summation of the violent entanglement of two islands charting the imperial interweaving of capital and bodies, public language and private feeling. In this talk I will describe how, having found the slave register for a plantation in Portland Jamaica, I traced the Carby owner and the women, enslaved and free, who labored on the land” (Carby).