2022 Annual James McCune Smith Lecture: Professor Natasha Lightfoot

"I Determined to Effect My Escape”: The 1855 Flight of John Ross and Fugitive Cosmopolitan Routes to Freedom

We are holding this event both in real life and online. We would like to cordially invite you, as a friend of the centre, to a small reception, with wine, soft drinks and canapés in the Atrium of the Wolfson Building, University of Glasgow at 6pm on 17 November to be followed by a live screening of the lecture in the Yudowitz Room.

If you would prefer to attend online, you can book a ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/james-mccune-smith-annual-lecture-professor-natasha-lightfoot-tickets-443969924997

Natasha Lightfoot is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Faculty Fellow in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University. Her research and teaching interests include Atlantic slavery and emancipation, Black community formation and acts of resistance, and daily practices of freedom in the nineteenth-century British Caribbean. She is the author of Troubling Freedom: Antigua and the Aftermath of British Emancipation (Duke University Press, 2015), which focuses on black working people’s struggles and everyday forms of liberation in British colonial Antigua after slavery’s end. She has also been published in The New York Times, as well as a number of academic journals including The CLR James Journal, Slavery & Abolition, Small Axe, and most recently the William and Mary Quarterly. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Ford Foundation, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and most recently from the American Council of Learned Societies. She is currently writing a book titled Fugitive Cosmopolitans about enslaved people’s mobility, imperial subjecthood and struggles for freedom between empires in the Caribbean.


First published: 10 October 2022