[LAF] Bristol Radical History Week 2007: 27th Oct - 6th Nov: Smugglers, Witches and Pirates
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> Bristol Radical History Week 2007
> Saturday 27th October - Tuesday 6th November
> Witches, Pirates and Smugglers
> This year Bristol Radical History Group turns its single beady eye
> onto these icons of the past, so deeply reviled by the rulers of
> their time. Who were these ‘outcasts’? Why are we so fascinated by
> them? Do their villainous representations carry clues to their real
> The week kicks off with two days (Sunday 28th and Monday 29th)
> devoted to the enemies of Customs and Excise, the Smugglers. Local
> historians Jim McNeil, Kev Davis and Dr. Dave Cullum will span the
> West Country from Gloucester, via Dorset to Cornwall telling
> stories of wrecking, smuggling and the customary rights of the sea
> commons. Dr. Trevor Bark brings the story up to date with an
> investigation of tobacco and alcohol smuggling and the black
> economy and Roger Ball considers the looting of the cargo of the
> MSC Napoli at Branscombe Bay earlier this year.
> We shamelessly hijack Halloween week with a study of demonology and
> the repression of Witches on Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st. Dr.
> Jonathan Barry examines why 18th C. radicals in Somerset wrote
> demonological texts to attack the establishment of Church and State
> (and paid for it with their lives in the Monmouth rebellion). We
> are delighted to have Sylvia Federici making her first appearance
> at the History Week. She analyses the witch trials in the 16th and
> 17th centuries and their connection to control of reproduction,
> enclosure, the mechanisation of the body and modern day witch-hunts
> in Africa.
> The week finishes (Saturday 3rd) with a celebration of Bristol’s
> finest, the Pirates. Professor Marcus Rediker explains how these
> ‘villains of all nations’ began as brutalised common seamen, turned
> pirate and created a multicultural, democratic and egalitarian
> society under the ‘Jolly Roger’. Stephen Snelders examines the
> incredible exploits of the Dutch pirates and paints a salty picture
> of the excesses, contradictions, and liberatory joys of pirate
> life. After last years excellent talk on mutinies, we are very
> happy to have Niklas Frykman back with a study of the links between
> piracy and smuggling.
> We hope to end the week with a voyage round the Bristol docks with
> skipper Mark Steeds and his cider swilling Surfin’ Turnip crew.
> And there’s films….Paul Tickell presents his excellent Part 1 of
> the BBC documentary series ‘The History of Race’ (Thursday 1st) and
> David Olusoga introduces his film ‘Namibia: Genocide and the Second
> Reich’ a uncovering of German colonial destruction in Africa
> (Tuesday 6th). We celebrate the wreckers with Ealing classic
> Whiskey Galore! (Monday 29th) and don’t miss our to be announced
> special guests on the opening night (Saturday 27th).
> For the latest news and information see: www.brh.org.uk
> Bristol Radical History Group
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