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Conference Timetable

The conference will take place in Scarman House. For directions, see:

All sessions will take place in Meeting Room 4, Scarman House.

Friday 12th May

Please note that no lunch is provided on Friday.

12.00 – Registration (Scarman House)

12.45 – Welcome and Introduction (Meeting Room 4, Scarman House)

13.00-14.45 – Panel 1 (chair: David Lambert)

• Maria Alessandra Bollettino (Framingham State University) – ‘“I am willing to fight for his Majesty King George”: Black Royalism in the mid-eighteenth-century British Atlantic World’
• Tim Lockley (University of Warwick) – ‘“Supermen”: British military surgeons and the forging of ideas about the black body 1795-1840’
• Lydia Plath (University of Warwick) – ‘Racial ambiguity as racial threat: The lynching of Francis McIntosh in St Louis, Missouri (1836)’


15.15-17.00 – Panel 2 (chair: Elizabeth Cooper)

• Sarah Davis Westwood (Boston University) – ‘Ceddo, Sofa, Tirailleur: Slave status and military identity in nineteenth-century Senegambia’
• Manuel Barcia (University of Leeds) – ‘“Weapons from their land”: Arming strategies among West African-born soldiers in early nineteenth-century Bahia and Cuba’
• David Lambert (University of Warwick) – ‘The “beau ideal of a soldier’s dress”: The Zouavisation of the West India Regiments’

A drinks reception will follow, with the conference dinner at 19.00.

Saturday 13th May

9.00-10.45 – panel 3 (chair: Tim Lockley)

• Rosalyn Narayan (University of Warwick) - ‘“She is training her emancipated slaves for the purpose of creating insurrections in the very heart of our country”: The West India Regiments in the US Press, 1830-1860’
• Jason McGraw (Indiana University, Bloomington) – ‘Armed citizens: Rights, race, and warfare in post-emancipation Colombia, 1850s-1860s’

• Elizabeth Cooper (British Library) – ‘Playing with empire: Cricket, military bands and the West India Regiment’


11.15-13.00 – panel 4 (chair: David Killingray)

• Melissa Bennett (University of Warwick) – ‘“Exhibits with real colour and interest”: Picturing and encountering the West India Regiment at Atlantic world’s fairs’
• Michelle Moyd (Indiana University, Bloomington) – ‘Communicating the colonial state: African soldiers and expeditionary warfare in German East Africa, 1890-1900’

• John Siblon, (Birkbeck College, University of London). ‘War memory and the construction of hierarchy: commemoration of black colonial servicemen in the aftermath of the First World War’

13.00 – Closing discussion, followed by lunch