A public event exploring how slaves’ identities are portrayed in the movies will take place at Edge Hill University later this month.
The White Man’s Dog: Transatlantic Slavery and the Moving Image will explore the way different films tell the stories of African-American slaves and how they describe them in relation to their ‘masters’.
Dr Jenny Barrett who will be delivering the talk, said:
The recent TV adaptation of Alex Haley’s epic ‘Roots’ has been produced at a time when the topic of transatlantic slavery is getting a lot of attention, particularly coming soon after the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.
Popular culture’s representations of such significant historical matters often reveal the values and identity of those involved in the productions.
So, this event is designed to help us review representations of enslavement and the long road to freedom so that we can unearth the values embedded within them
Dr Jenny Barrett is a Reader in Film and Popular Culture at Edge Hill University and researches a range of subjects linked to film conventions and identities. Amongst other topics, she has published on representations of the American Civil War, African-Americans in genre-filmmaking, and on the portrayal of immigrants in Westerns.
This will be an illustrated talk in partnership with The Bluecoat Liverpool’s 300th anniversary events.
The event is part of Edge Hill University’s annual Festival of Ideas themed around the topics of Identity and Belonging. Debates, talks, films, exhibitions, roundtables and performances make June a month full of events open to anyone interested in existential matters, from gender fluidity to technological classification.