Thursday 10th December - 7pm

'Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands' Professor Hazel V. Carby

This year’s Richard Burton Annual Lecture will be delivered by Professor Hazel V. Carby: eminent cultural critic, pioneer in the fields of black feminism, multiculturalism in Britain and African-American studies. Professor Carby is a co-author of The Empire Strikes Back and author of Cultures in Babylon: Black Britain and African America, Race Men, and Reconstructing Womanhood. Hazel Carby is the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and Professor Emeritus of American Studies Yale University and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

In her latest book, Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands, Carby moves between the present and past, tracing the intimate entanglements between the twin legacies of her Jamaican father and Welsh mother and placing her own life within the wider history of Empire and the transatlantic slave economy. The volume won this year’s British Academy Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding, 2020

Professor Carby will read from Imperial Intimacies before discussing her life and career in conversation with Professor Daniel G. Williams, director of the Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales at Swansea University.

Previous Lectures


25 April 2013:  George W. S. Abbey Sr.

'Wales, America and the Space Race'

4 October 2011:  John McGrath

‘From Blackwood to Brecon to Port Talbot’s Passion: The National Theatre Wales journey’