Event programme

We hold a range of public events throughout the academic year in Oriel Chambers, our lovely Institute building at 27, High Street, Hull, HU1 1NE. This year we are continuing to live-stream these events whenever possible, so that they are open to a wider audience. For details of how to get to the Institute, or for more information about live-streaming, please contact Sophie Blanchard at Sophie.Blanchard@hull.ac.uk or Judith Spicksley at Judith.Spicksley@hull.ac.uk

We open our doors fifteen minutes before events begin to offer you refreshments. We also encourage you to stay behind afterwards for a glass of wine and a chat with our speakers.

More details of individual events and live-streaming links will be provided on the ‘Events’ page as they approach. Below you will find basic information about our programme of public lectures for Autumn and Spring 2022-2023.

AUTUMN TERM 2022
Alderman Sydney Smith Annual Lecture
Professor Matthew Smith, University College London
Righting History: Why Teaching Slavery Matters 
5.30 BST Wednesday October 12, 2022
 
Dr Jim Powell, University of Liverpool
Losing the Thread: Cotton, Liverpool and the American Civil War
4.30 GMT Wednesday November 9, 2022
 
Dr Lucy Mayblin, University of Sheffield
Criminal assistance: Understanding Crimes of Solidarity
4.30 GMT Wednesday December 7, 2022
 
SPRING TERM 2023
Professor Steven Sarson, University of Lyon
To ‘Effect their Safety and Happiness’: Conditional Proslavery in the US Declaration of Independence
4.30 GMT Wednesday January 25. 2023
 
What’s going on at the Wilberforce Institute? 
Our students in the Falling though the Net cluster reveal their findings as their projects come to an end
4.30 GMT Wednesday February 15, 2023
 
Dr Dean Clay, University of Hull
To Bunco a Yankee’: The American Congo Reform Movement, 1903-1909
4.30 GMT Wednesday March 15, 2023
 
Dr Rosemary Broad, University of Manchester
Women in modern slavery offending
4.30 BST Wednesday April 19, 2023
 
Dr Nicholas Evans, University of Hull
Memorialising Antislavery in South Africa: Unearthing Black Agency
4.30 BST Wednesday May 17, 2023

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Public Lecture Programme

SPRING 2022

Public Lecture Programme CANCELLED

4.00PM GMT Thursday February 10, 2022

Who: What’s going on at the Wilberforce Institute?  A look at our postgraduate research.

Title: Former and current students talk about their PhD project

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Public Lecture Programme

4.00PM GMT Thursday March 3, 2022

Who: Dr Bruce Ragsdale, former director of the US Federal Judicial History Office

Title: Washington at the Plow: The Founding Farmer and the Question of Slavery

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Public Lecture Programme

4.00PM GMT Thursday March 17, 2022

Who:  Dr Filipa Ribeiro da Silva, Senior Researcher at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam

Title: Rethinking ‘the numbers game’ and the debate on profits from the trade in enslaved Africans and slave-produced commodities: preliminary steps towards a global approach

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Public Lecture Programme POSTPONED UNTIL DECEMBER AS A RESULT OF STRIKE ACTION

4.00PM GMT Thursday March 24, 2022

Who: Dr Lucy Mayblin, University of Sheffield

Title: Criminal assistance: Understanding Crimes of Solidarity

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Wilberforce Institute Webinar

4.00PM Thursday March 31, 2022

Who: Sandi Brewster-Walker, Executive Director and Government Affairs Officer for the Montaukett Indian Nation; Linford D. Fisher, Associate Professor at Brown University; Rebecca Goetz, Associate Professor at New York University; and Brooke Newman

Title: Indigenous Slavery in the Atlantic World

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Public Lecture Programme CANCELLED

4.00PM BST Thursday April 7, 2022

Who: Dr Sheryllynne Haggerty, Wilberforce Institute, University of Hull

Title: Tales of the Enslaved in Jamaica, 1756

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Public Lecture Programme

THIS EVENT WILL BE ONLINE ONLY

4.00PM BST Thursday April 28, 2022

Who:  Professor Geraldine van Bueren, Queen Mary University, London

Title: Class Discrimination and Children’s Rights

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Public Lecture Programme

4.00PM BST Thursday May 12, 2022

Who: Dr Virginia Morrow, Visiting Professor at University College, London

Title: Understanding children’s work: evidence from the Young Lives study in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam

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Wilberforce Institute Summer Debate

4.00PM BST Thursday May 19, 2022

Who: Professor Chris Brown of Columbia University, Dr Bronwell Everill of Cambridge University, Dr Dexnell Peters of Warwick University and Dr Nick Radburn of Lancaster University.

Title: Principles and Agents: The British Slave Trade and Its Abolition by David Richardson

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Wilberforce Institute Webinar

4-5.30PM BST Thursday June 16, 2022

Who: Dr Blessing Chapfika, University of Hull Alumnus

Title: The African Philosophy of Freedom