Keynote speakers



Brycchan Carey is Professor of English at Northumbria University. A specialist in the literature and culture of the eighteenth-century Atlantic world, his major publications include British Abolitionism and the Rhetoric of Sensibility (Palgrave, 2005) and From Peace to Freedom: Quaker Rhetoric and the Birth of American Antislavery (Yale, 2012).

He is currently Chair of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, UK and Ireland, the International Officer of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and was a founder and the first president of the Literary London Society.

Books forthcoming in 2017 include a monograph: Unnatural Empire: Slavery, Abolition, and Colonial Natural History, 1650–1840, from Yale University Press, an essay collection co-edited with Tom Krise and Nicole Aljoe on Early Caribbean Literary Histories, from Palgrave Macmillan, and an edition of Olaudah Equiano’s Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or, Gustavus Vassa, the African, in the Oxford University Press World’s Classics series.

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Jean Viviès studied at ENS Saint-Cloud, holds the title of agrégé in English and is a Professor in British literature at Aix-Marseille University (France). He is a former Head of the Department of English Studies, and of the Research Centre on the English-speaking World (LERMA 853).

His main research interests include 18th Century British Literature, travel narratives and translation. He is currently vice-president of the Society of 17-18th Century Anglo-American Studies. His publications include numerous articles and, in particular, James Boswell, Etat de la Corse (Editions du CNRS, 1992) and Le Récit de voyage en Angleterre au XVIIIe siècle : de l’inventaire à l’invention, P.U Mirail, 1999 (translated as English Travel Narratives in the Eighteenth Century: Exploring Genres, trans. C. Davison, Ashgate, 2002). He has just published a book on Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, revenir/devenir. Gulliver ou l’autre voyage, Paris, Editions rue d’Ulm, coll. « Offshore », 2016.

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Michael R. Hall is Professor of Latin American History and U.S. Foreign Relations at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia. He was a visiting professor at the Instituto Technológico de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic in 2001.Hall participated in a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Development Seminar in Brazil in 2002 and has been the director of over a dozen study abroad programs in Latin America.

He is a past president of the Association of Global South Studies (AGSS) and currently serves on that organization’s Executive Council.  In addition, he is the associate editor in charge of book reviews for the association’s Journal of Global South Studies (JGSS).  The association has awarded Hall the Outstanding Leadership and Service Award in 2010 and the Presidential Award for Service in 2015.

Hall is the faculty advisor of Armstrong State University’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. He offers continuing education classes for senior citizens in Savannah on U.S. relations with the Iberian-Latin American World.

He is the author of Sugar and Power in the Dominican Republic: Eisenhower, Kennedy, and the Trujillos.(2000) and Historical Dictionary of Haiti (2012). Book chapters include:  “Ethnic Conflict in Mexico: The Zapatista Army of National Liberation,” “Population Transfers and the Dominican Republic: An Historical Examination of Dominican Immigration and Emigration,” “Bureaucratic-Authoritarianism in Bolivia: Hugo Banzer Suárez and the Banzerato, 1971-1978,” and “British and French Imperialism Before and After the World Wars: West Meets East, 1798-1956.”

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