The Annual Elsa Goveia Memorial Lecture

16 March 2017 at 5:30pm in the

The Council Room, The UWI Regional Headquarters

Elsa Goveii Memorial Lectures

The 33rd Annual Elsa Goveia Memorial Lecture

 March 16, 2017

Listening in on Seventeenth Century Jamaica,” 

The Department of History and Archaeology hosted the 33rd Annual Elsa Goveia Memorial Lecture on 16 March 2017 at the Council Room, The University of the West Indies beginning at 5:30pm.The lecture was delivered by Laurent Dubois, Professor of Romance Studies at Duke University. 

In the presentation Prof. Dubois presented a digital project called Musical Passage, which analyzed and sought to sound out five musical pieces presented in Hans Sloane’s 1707 Voyage to the Islands, in order to explore broader questions about how we can reconstruct the early history of Jamaican and Afro-Atlantic music. 

The annual Elsa Goveia Memorial Lecture, first held at Mona in 1984, honours the memory of the distinguished West Indian Historian, Elsa Vesta Goveia (1925-1980). Born in British Guiana, Elsa Goveia took her PhD in History at University College, London. In 1950 she joined the Department of History, the University College of the West Indies, Mona as Lecturer in History, and in 1961 was promoted to the rank of Professor of West Indian History at the age of 36 years. With that promotion she became the first female Professor in the University of the West Indies, and at her death in 1980, was the longest serving West Indian Professor. Her major published works include the influential A Study of the Historiography of the British West Indies to the End of the Nineteenth Century (1957), and Slave Society in the British Leeward Islands at the End of the Eighteenth Century (1965).

The Elsa Goveia Memorial Lectures are regularly published and can be purchased in the office of the Department of History and Archaeology, The UWI, Mona Campus.

For further information please contact:
Department of History & Archaeology
UWI, Mona Campus
Tel: 876-927-1922(ext. 2395)
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