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Writing the Empire: Scribblings from Below

An international & interdisciplinary conference

Phillipe de Vigors, ‘Convicts letter writing at Cockatoo Island, New South Wales, 1849’
Reproduced by kind permission of the State Library of New South Wales, Sydney


Event Dates: June 24-­26th 2010
Bristol, UK


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Thursday 24th June 2010

Welcome and Intro – Kirsty Reid .

Marilyn Lake, ‘Chinese colonists writing their rights’ (AUDIO HERE)

Ellen Gill, ‘Prest to volunteer: reluctant seamen in late Georgian Britain’ (AUDIO HERE)

Isaac Land, ‘Patriotic performances: naval veterans on (and off) the street in early nineteenth-century Britain’ (AUDIO HERE)

Jonathan Hyslop, ‘Zulu seafarers in the age of steam: the voyage narratives of George Magodini and Fulunge Mpofu, 1916-24’ (AUDIO HERE)

Effie Karageorgos, ‘Loyal to the empire? An alternative view of Australian soldiers in the South African War, 1899-1902’ (AUDIO HERE)

Freya McCracken, ‘From Canada to home – how Scottish emigrants letters bridged the gap with those left behind’. (AUDIO HERE)

Dirk Tang, ‘Writings from the Dutch empire’ (AUDIO HERE)

Karen Garvey, ‘Writing an archive: the Bristol Black Archives Partnership’ (AUDIO HERE)

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Friday 25th June

Carol Cooper, ‘Shared stories: the words and drawings of William Barak’ (AUDIO HERE)

Elizabeth Elbourne, ‘Orality and literacy on the New York frontier: evidence from the Draper papers’ (AUDIO HERE)

Jennifer Jones, ‘Oral narratives and the power of the pen in Australian post-colonising society’ (AUDIO HERE)

Asha Varadharajan, ‘Transplanting the slave narrative: Frederick Douglass, B. R. Ambedkar & Ishmael Beah’ (AUDIO HERE)

Raphael Hörmann, ‘The artisan writes back: John Thelwall (1764-1834) and his proto-socialist critique of the British empire’ (AUDIO HERE)

Ian Duffield, ‘The parody or power and the rhetoric of English liberty in the life of John William Lancashire’ (AUDIO HERE)

Rhian Tritton, ‘Writing a new life: the construction of self in ss Great Britain’s emigrant diaries (AUDIO HERE)

Diana Paton, ‘Writing and spiritual power in the Anglophone Caribbean, 1890-1940’ (AUDIO HERE)

Clare Anderson ‘Speech, silence, love and longing: the power of words in nineteenth-century colonial jails’ (AUDIO HERE)

Kristyn Harman, ‘Suffering from long imprisonment: Mickey’s petitions in the context of aboriginal deaths in custody in colonial New South Wales’ (AUDIO HERE)

Tina Picton Phillipps, ‘Petitioners and petitions, 1810-1820: who wants what and why’ (AUDIO HERE)

Peggy Brock, ‘Keeping account: the diary of a Tsimshian, Arthur Wellington Clah’ (AUDIO HERE)

Norman Etherington, ‘Begging to preach: Black Evangelists’ written responses to the colonial state’s war on mission Christianity in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa, 1900-1910’ (AUDIO HERE)

Jacqueline Van Gent, ‘Indigenous women’s strategies of writing the colonial self’ (AUDIO HERE)

Claudia Haake, ‘Writing against colonialism: native American political activism against land loss in the age of removal’ (AUDIO HERE)

Maria Nugent, ‘The quest for title deeds: the meanings of texts in Aboriginal people’s oral traditions’ (AUDIO HERE)

Emma Wild-Wood, ‘The Journal of Apolo Kivebulaya, CMS Evangelist’ (AUDIO HERE)

Caroline Bressey, ‘The writings of black working women in London, 1880-1920’ (AUDIO HERE)

Fiona Paisley, ‘Britain’s Gun Bragging: Aboriginal and Black on the Streets of Interwar London’ (AUDIO HERE)

Kirsty Reid, ‘Writing racism on the streets of nineteenth-century England’ (AUDIO HERE)

Cecilia Morgan, ‘“What a difference there is between this country and America”: native people’s letter-writing across the British empire, 1800-1870’ (AUDIO HERE)


Saturday 26th June


Arnab Dasgupta, ‘Conflicting ‘selves’ and the project of empire: the case of Anandaram Dhekiyal Phukan’ (AUDIO HERE)

Kimberley Rae Connor, ‘Reading from the Heart out: Chief Bromden through Indigenous Eyes’ (AUDIO HERE)

Nick Nourse, ‘Music as an adjunct to punishment in the armed forces and the people of Britain and the Empire’ (AUDIO HERE)

Paul Pickering, ‘The rhythm of the hustings: music and electoral politics in Victoria’s empire’ (AUDIO HERE)

Antoinette Burton, ‘Postcolonial Flyover: above and below in Frank Moraes’ The Importance of Being Black (1965) (AUDIO HERE)

Karin Barber, ‘Popular voices in the print culture of 1920s Lagos’ (AUDIO HERE)


Final conference wrap-up & discussion session .


Abstracts and bios are available on individual speaker pages.


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