The confirmed plenary speakers are Sabine Broeck, Professor of American Studies at the University of Bremen and author of White Amnesia - Black Memory? Women's Writing and History (1999), who is currently working on a book entitled No Slavery for the Subject - Slavery, Modernity and Gender, Jessica Hemmings, Associate Director of the Centre for Visual and Cultural Studies at the Edinburgh College of Art and author of Yvonne Vera: The Voice of Cloth (2008) and In the Loop: Knitting Now (2010), and Tim Watson, Professor of English at the University of Miami and author of Caribbean Culture and British Fiction in the Atlantic World, 1780-1870 (2008), who is currently working on The Sun Also Sets: Transatlantic Culture and the Ends of Empire.
Sabine Broeck will speak on Gender and the modern abjection of blackness: Wollstonecraft's feminism and what slavery had to do with it.
Jessica Hemmings will speak on Postcolonial Textiles: Negotiating Dialogue.
Tim Watson will speak on Postcolonial Studies and Atlantic Studies: Interdisciplinary Reflections on Slavery and Empire.