Violence, Slavery, and the Ethics of Writing Black Histories

Wednesday 18 October

Black History Month 2023, Dr Christienna Fryar: Violence, Slavery, and the Ethics of Writing Black Histories


In an era where black death has become a viral spectacle, how might we navigate a series of clashing ethical imperatives when writing about violence, slavery, and British history?

Christienna Fryar is a writer and independent historian of Britain and the Caribbean. Formerly an academic, she was the founding convenor of the MA Black British History at Goldsmiths, University of London, the first taught masters’ programme of its kind in the UK, and before that she taught Caribbean history, comparative slavery and emancipation, and disaster studies at the University of Liverpool, where she was the director of the MA International Slavery.

She also worked at universities in North Carolina and Western New York. In addition to freelance radio broadcasting, she is currently writing Entangled Lands: A Caribbean History of Britain, which will be published with Penguin/Allen Lane.

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