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Royal Holloway’s Art Collections and Centre for Victorian Studies (CVS) are very proud to be jointly hosting Dr Charmaine A Nelson, Professor of Art History and Tier I Canada Research Chair in Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art and Community Engagement, Department of Art History and Contemporary Culture, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) to speak on an area of Transatlantic Slavery which has previously received little scholarly attention.Although Transatlantic Slavery is generally acknowledged as a tropical enterprise involving plantation economies, slavery also transpired in northern and southern regions of the Americas (i.e. Canada and Argentina) where temperate climates meant cold winters with snow and ice accumulation. Due to the scholarly neglect of northern, slave minority sites like Canada, the impact of cold weather climates on various aspects of the lives, cultures, and resistance of enslaved Africans has yet to be fully explored. One significant archive for the study of these issues is fugitive slave advertisements. Found throughout the Transatlantic World, fugitive slave advertisements demonstrate the ubiquity of African resistance to slavery. Abundant with details like the names, speech, accents, language, mannerisms, and skills of the fugitives, in Quebec, such notices also frequently recounted the nature of cold-weather dress, the peril of winter escapes, and the damage done to the bodies of the enslaved from exposure to the cold. While running away was a year-round tactic of slave resistance in tropical regions, in Canada, it was unquestionably seasonal with summer and fall escapes dominating. Therefore, Canadian fugitive slave notices for winter escapes demand that we consider the extraordinarily perilous circumstances in which enslaved people sought their freedom. Her paper seeks to understand the specific circumstances and perils of winter escapes within the context of eighteenth-century British Quebec. Attendees will be sent a link to join the event two hours before it starts.The university is required by law to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018. Details submitted via this form will be handled in line with our Data protection and Privacy Statement. If you have any questions, please email artcollections@royalholloway.ac.uk

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  • December 2, 2020 1:00 PM - 7:30 PM Ended
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u201c u2018Heu2026has the ends of both his great toes frozen offu2019: Enslaved Fugitives in the Canadian Winteru201d(1): Centre for Victorian Studies and Royal Holloway Art Collections Talk, Tuesday 2 December 2020, 6-7.30pm.

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