AADS Postdoctoral Fellows Lecture Series - 'Something Akin to Human Rights: Mary Seacole's Adventures in Global Citizenship' with Dr. Samantha Pinto, Post-doc Fellow of AADS
Wed, January 25, 2012 • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM • Warfield Center/ISESE Gallery A230
AADS Postdoctoral Fellows Lecture Series
'Something Akin to Human Rights: Mary Seacole's Adventures in Global Citizenship'
Dr. Samantha Pinto, 2011-2012 Postdoctoral Fellow of African and African Diaspora Studies
Wednesday, January 25
12 noon - 2 pm
Warfield Center - ISESE GALLERY/JESTER CENTER A230
This talk will focus on Mary Seacole, a Creole Jamaican nurse who served soldiers in the Crimean War as well as in the Caribbean and Central America. Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands, her 1857 narrative, has gone from a popular text in its own time to a century of disappearance, only to be resurrected and re-commemorated within British and Jamaican nationalisms, and within academic circles, in recent years. It is in these subsequent circulations which seek to reinstate Seacole’s role in international history that Seacole has also found fame in the discourses of global health and multicultural education. Her autobiography and its afterlives mark the significance of cultural iconography in creating complex narratives of what we might think of broadly as human rights, especially struggles to define and achieve economic, social, and cultural rights.