The Black Jacobins Revisited: Rewriting History Conference

The Black Jacobins Revisited: Rewriting History Workshop and Performance, 27–28 October 2013, International Slavery Museum and Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool

Welcome to the site of The Black Jacobins Revisited: Rewriting History Events, taking place in Liverpool Sunday 27-Monday 28 October 2013.

Workshop: The Black Jacobins Revisited: Rewriting History, All day Sunday 27–Monday 28 October 2013

To mark seventy-five years of C.L.R. James’s pioneering anticolonial classic The Black Jacobins, which revolutionized the writing of colonial history, this workshop sheds new light on this underexplored foundational work. Keynote Speakers include: Yvonne Brewster, Selwyn Cudjoe, Rawle Gibbons, Robert A. Hill, Selma James, Nick Nesbitt, Frank Rosengarten, Bill Schwarz, Matthew J. Smith. For more information about our keynote speakers, see the section “Introducing our Keynote Speakers” here: The full line-up is here:

Venue: International Slavery Museum, Liverpool ( and The Bluecoat, Liverpool (<>)
Tickets cost: £60 (£45 for students/unwaged) for both days; £45 (£35 conc.) for one day. This fee will cover catering costs, and also entrance to the performance of readings from the play Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History on Sunday 27 October. Buy tickets at: We’d be very grateful if you could book your ticket as soon as possible so that our catering order can be accurate!

C.L.R. James’s Play: Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History. A Reading of Extracts by Tayo Aluko & Friends, Sunday 27 October 2013, 7.30pm

First performance since 1936 of precursor to C.L.R. James’s classic history of the Haitian revolution The Black Jacobins, which started life as a play with Paul Robeson in the lead. These readings also include material never published or performed before now. See the page about this performance here:

Venue: The Bluecoat, Liverpool (
Tickets cost £5 (£4 concession) and can be bought at:

For information about Tayo Aluko and his award-winning performances as Paul Robeson, see:

We are very pleased that the non-commercial film and TV production company Worldwrite [] will be attending the event and filming the presentations and discussions. This will allow us to create a publically accessible record of the conference, and they will be using some of the footage in a forthcoming feature length documentary about James, his life and legacies.

Organised with generous support from: the AHRC, Society for the Study of French History, University of Glasgow, University of Liverpool, Society for French Studies, Royal Historical Society, Association for the Study of Modern & Contemporary France, Alliance française de Glasgow, and Common Custom