Dr. Charmaine Nelson – Virtual Lecture March 10 – Ways the enslaved navigated systemic oppression and cultural deprivation to retain and practice their cultures

2022 Annual Vickers-Verduyn Lecture in Canadian Studies
March 10, 2022 at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: via ZOOM
Cost: Free
The School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies invites you to attend the 2022 Annual Vickers-Verduyn Lecture in Canadian Studies featuring Professor Charmaine Nelson

When: Thursday March 10, 2022 @ 3 p.m. (EST) via ZOOM

Title:‘she commonly wears a Handkerchief round her Head’: Expanding and Complicating the Concept of Creolization for the study of Transatlantic Slavery

Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson is Professor of Art History and Tier I Canada Research Chair in Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art and Community Engagement, and the founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery in the Department of Art History and Contemporary Culture, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University

Abstract: Creolization defines the cataclysmic social upheavals wrought by the lethal power imbalances of cross-racial contacts imposed under European imperialism and the institutionalization of Transatlantic Slavery in the Americas. For the enslaved African, creolization always occurred under duress and reflected the cultural prohibitions, material deprivation, immobilization, surveillance, and violence imposed by the white slave owning classes. Departing from more conscribed definitions, which focus on tropical plantation regions, this lecture argues for an expansion of the concept in terms of duration, temporality, population, and importantly, regional scope, which also impact climate and the practices of slavery that are typically included and excluded from consideration. Eschewing the normative focus on language and music, this lecture instead centres Canadian Slavery as well as art and visual and material cultures, as both outcomes and practices, in an exploration that considers the ways that the enslaved navigated systemic oppression and cultural deprivation to retain and practice their cultures.


Thank you to our co-sponsors of this event, including: The Department of History; Institute of African Studies; School for Studies in Art and Culture; Department of Sociology and Anthropology; Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature; Art and Culture; Institute of Political Economy; Department of English Language and Literature; and Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies

For more information, please contact Eva.Mackey@carleton.ca

Last Modified: January 20, 2022