ARTICLES: Material Cultures of Slavery in British Caribbean


“French Set-Girls,” in  Isaac Mendes Belisario, Sketches of character, in illustration of the habits, occupation, and costume of the Negro population, in the island of Jamaica: drawn after nature, and in lithography (Kingston, Jamaica: published by the artist, at his residence, 1837-1838).

Special Issue: Material Cultures of Slavery and Abolition in the British Caribbean

Edited by Christer Petley and Stephan Lenik

Stephan Lenik and Christer Petley, ‘Introduction: The Material Cultures of Slavery and Abolition in the British Caribbean’

Section I – Planters, workers and the development of plantation space

1. Douglas V. Armstrong and Matthew C. Reilly, ‘The Archaeology of Settler Farms and Early Plantation Life in Seventeenth-Century Barbados’

2. Stephanie Bergman and Frederick H. Smith, ‘Blurring Disciplinary Boundaries: The Material Culture of Improvement during the Age of Abolition in Barbados’

3. Christer Petley, ‘Plantations and Homes: The Material Culture of the Early Nineteenth-Century Jamaican Elite’

Section II – Material inequalities and practices inside enslaved communities

4. Justin Roberts, ‘The “Better Sort” and the “Poorer Sort”: Wealth Inequalities, Family Formation and the Economy of Energy on British Caribbean Sugar Plantations, 1750-1800’

5. James A. Delle and Kristen R. Fellows, ‘Death and Burial…

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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