Catherine Hall


Catherine Hall

Emerita Professor of History
Chair of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-Ownership
University College London (UCL)


Edward Long and the Making of "Race" Across the Black/White Atlantic 
Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 7:00pm
Kislak Center
Otto G. Richter Library, 1300 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, Florida 33146
Free & Open to the Public‌  |  Registration Required


The lecture will focus on Edward Long, Jamaican slave-owner, lawyer, politician, and historian and will discuss some of the ways in which he contributed to making "race" in both Jamaica and Britain in the late eighteenth century. Hall will draw on her archival research and on the work of the Centre for the Study of British Slave-ownership ( Long is well-known for his attempt to theorize essential racial difference but needs also to be understood as someone who practiced "race" in his everyday life, both in the colonial and the metropolitan context.

“Professor Hall’s research has transformed our understanding of race, gender, class and empire within modern Britain.….” 
 Modern British Studies (Birmingham)

Catherine Hall's research focuses on re-thinking the relation between Britain and its empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is particularly interested in the ways in which empire impacted upon metropolitan life, how the empire was lived "at home," and how English identities, both masculine and feminine, were constituted in relation to the multiple "others" of the empire. Civilising Subjects: Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination 1830-1867 (2002) looks at the process of mutual constitution, both of colonizer and colonized, in England and Jamaica in the period between the 1830s and the 1860s. Catherine's recent book, Macaulay and Son: Architects of Imperial Britain (2012), focuses on the significance of the Macaulays, father and son, in defining the parameters of nation and empire in the early nineteenth century.


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Lunch Seminar
The Legacies of British Slave-ownership: The Possibilities and Problems of Working with Big Data‌ 
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 12:30pm
Learning Commons Flexible Program Space,
First Floor, Richter Library
For UM Faculty & Graduate Students
(Lunch will be provided)
Registration Required
‌‌This session will use a discussion of the LBS database and the work associated with it ( to reflect on some of the strengths and limitations of this kind of collaborative enterprise. What can it reveal, what is its potential to democratize historical knowledge, and what are its limitations, the puzzles and questions it cannot answer?