Welcome to the website for "Abolitionism and the Arts in the Long Eighteenth Century," a project stemming from an interdisciplinary symposium that was held at Columbia University on Saturday, May 6, 2023. The symposium was organized by members of the Columbia University Seminar in Eighteenth-Century European Culture (Julia Hamilton, Stephanie Insley Hershinow, and Patricia A. Matthew) in collaboration with the Department of Music at Goldsmiths, University of London (represented by Berta Joncus).

In the coming months, we will be creating a list of Resources for Future Research, which is intended for students and scholars of abolitionism and the arts. We will post the video of the May 6th concert on this page. If you would like to share a link to a piece of scholarship, recording, or primary source that has been particularly useful for your own work on abolitionism and the arts, please email Julia Hamilton at [email protected].


Image from the Trade Card of William Dale, Musical Instrument Maker and Music Seller (ca. 1800) © The Trustees of the British Museum