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CSWG Public Lecture: Prof. Hazel Carby - “Imperial Sexual Economies: Enslaved and Free Women of Color on a Jamaican Coffee Plantation, 1800-1834”

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Professor Hazel V. Carby is the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and Professor Emeritus of American Studies Yale University and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

She is the author of Imperial Intimacies, A Tale of Two Islands (Verso, 2019) selected as one of the “Books of the Year for 2019,” by the Times Literary Supplement. Winner of the British Academy’s Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding, 2020, Finalist John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, ASA, 2020, and Shortlisted for the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize, 2020.

Imperial Intimacies is a history of empire, told through one woman’s search through generations of family stories. It moves between Jamaican plantations, the countryside of Devon, the port cities of Bristol, Cardiff and Kingston, and the working-class estates of South London. It is an intimate personal history and a sweeping summation of the violent entanglements of two islands. It charts the British empire’s interweaving of capital and bodies, public language and private feeling.

Dr Meleisa Ono-George (History) and Dr Hannah Jones (Sociology) will act as discussants for Professor Hazel Carby.


This lecture is free and everyone is welcome, but you must register in advance by clicking here.


We understand many of you are juggling work with other responsibilities at home, so we are happy for you to join the event with children or pets.

If you face any access barriers and there are any adjustments we can make to support your full participation, please get in touch with Prof Nickie Charles (

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