“Ran away from her Master…a Negroe Girl named Thursday” - Friday 19 October 2018, 16:00 - 18:00

Ran away from her Master

Professor Charmaine Nelson (McGill University) - Friday 19 October 2018:

“Ran away from her Master…a Negroe Girl named Thursday”: Examining Evidence of Punishment, Isolation, and Trauma in Nova Scotia and Quebec Fugitive Slave Advertisements


Annual James McCune Smith Lecture

‌In this free public talk Professor Charmaine A. Nelson (McGill University) will examine fugitive slave advertisements, exploring how these unauthorised “portraits” allow us to recuperate signs of trauma inflicted upon enslaved people by white slave owners in Canada, particularly in 17th, 18th and 19th-century Nova Scotia and Quebec.

Prof Nelson will speak for about 45 minutes before opening up the conversation to audience questions. All are welcome to stay for an informal drinks reception.

Please register in advance through Eventbrite.

The annual James McCune Smith Lecture is named in honour of James McCune Smith (1813-1865), the noted physician, apothecary, abolitionist and author. McCune Smith studied medicine at the University of Glasgow and became the first African American to receive a doctorate. This annual lecture recognises McCune Smith's life and work. Prof. Nelson's talk is also part of Black History Month Scotland 2018, organised by the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights, and the University of Glasgow's Black History Month event series. It is supported through an Outreach Award from the Canada-UK Foundation and the School of Humanities at the University of Glasgow. It has been organised by Prof Faye Hammill and Dr Rosie Spooner from the University of Glasgow.

The Lecture Theatre is located on the ground floor of the Sir Charles Wilson Building. From the entrance foyer follow the corridor around either side of the lecture theatre and enter through the glass doors at the end. More information about accessibility at the Sir Charles Wilson Building.

First published: 11 October 2018