27 September - 28 September 2024

Robert Wedderburn @200

University of Dundee

Contact: RobertWedderburn200@gmail.com for conference enquiries

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About Robert Wedderburn @200

We are extremely grateful for the generous support and help we receive from our partners. Thanks to all involved in bringing us together for Robert Wedderburn @200

Robert Wedderburn and the "Red and Black Atlantic": Radicalism, Insurrection, Anti-Slavery

2024 marks the bi-centenary of the publication of Robert Wedderburn’s unsparing antislavery memoir The Horrors of Slavery (1824).  This conference uses the occasion to revisit Wedderburn as a crucial figure in transatlantic radicalism, insurrectionism, and abolitionism, exploring not only his works and their importance but the broader "Red and Black Atlantic" of which he was a part.

This includes the people, ideas and cultures that shaped Wedderburn's life and work through slavery and resistance; the influence of his mother Rosanna and maternal grandmother Talky Amy; theological and political liberation; the politics of abolition from below; gender, sexuality and resistance; and the connection between working class and anti-slavery cultures across the Atlantic world. Beyond the individual, we will also explore the resonances of such themes in the 200 years since publication.

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Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Hakim Adi
  • Professor Gary Younge

Call for Papers

We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations of any format, as well as traditional 20-minute papers and pre-formed panels of three. We especially encourage submissions from early-career researchers and scholars working outside universities.

The organisers envisage that the papers delivered at this conference will form the basis for a special issue of a journal.

To propose a paper or panel, please send an abstract of around 250 words per presentation to RobertWedderburn200@gmail.com before midnight on 15 June 2024.

Possible themes for papers include, but are not limited to:

Wedderburn’s life, work, legacy, and contemporary relevance for modern radical and antiracist movements

  • Wedderburn’s life, work, legacy, and contemporary relevance for modern radical and antiracist movements
  • Rosanna, Talky Amy and genealogies of resistance
  • Radical and resisting women
  • The relationship between radicalism and antislavery in the Atlantic world
  • Insurrectionary traditions in the Caribbean and British islands
  • British working-class and labour cultures in colonial contexts
  • Class, race, and gender dynamics of popular uprisings
  • Complications and nuances of transatlantic resistance and solidarity between enslaved and labouring people
  • The regional and global ramifications of the Haitian Revolution and other Caribbean wars for freedom, e.g. Tacky’s War
  • Local intellectual milieux for Wedderburn e.g. Kingston, Edinburgh, London
  • Visions for decolonisation and anticolonialism in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Caribbean


Registration fees to be announced. 

We will endeavour to keep costs as low as possible.


Conference Venue

The conference will be held at University of Dundee, more details to follow soon.

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If you require childcare support at the conference, please email RobertWedderburn200@gmail.com

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Organising Committee

  • Michael Morris, University of Dundee
  • Lisa Williams, University of St Andrews
  • May Sumbwanyambe, Northumbria University
  • Ryan Hanley, University of Exeter

with support from Debbie Ree, Dundee City Region Convention Bureau

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Contact Us

For conference enquiries email RobertWedderburn200@gmail.com

We are extremely grateful for the generous support and help we receive from our partners. Thanks to all involved in bringing us together for Robert Wedderburn @200