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Dr Katie Donington


Affiliation: London South Bank University

Location: London


Research Description: 

Katie Donington is a Lecturer in History at London South Bank University. She convenes two modules relating to the history of Black Britain and more broadly colonialism: ‘Black History: Concepts and Debates’ and ‘Industry, Empire and Society, 1750-1900’.

Her research focuses on the cultural, commercial, political and familial world the slave-owners made in both Jamaica and Britain. She previously worked with the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project at University College London, initially as a PhD student and later as a Post-doctoral Research Associate. Before entering academia Katie worked in the museum sector and is particularly interested in the representation of slavery in public history.

She has co-curated the exhibition ‘Slavery, Culture and Collecting’ at the Museum of London Docklands. She was an historical advisor and on-screen interviewee for the BAFTA-award winning documentary Britain’s Forgotten Slave-owners.

Research Keywords:

Slavery, family, legacies, culture, commerce, colonialism, Black history, teaching, eighteenth century, nineteenth century, museums, representation, public history

Countries and Regions of Interest: 

Caribbean, Britain, Africa, America



Katie Donington, The bonds of family: Slavery, commerce and culture in the British Atlantic world (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019).

Co-authored book

Catherine Hall, Nicholas Draper, Keith McClelland, Katie Donington and Rachel Lang, Legacies of British slave-ownership: Colonial slavery and the formation of Victorian Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Co-edited book

Katie Donington, Ryan Hanley and Jessica Moody (eds.), Britain’s memory of slavery: Local nuances of a ‘national sin’ (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2016).

Chapter in book

Katie Donington, ‘Slavery and abolition’, in Nancy Johnson and Paul Keen (eds.), Mary Wollstonecraft in Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Katie Donington and Nicholas Draper, ‘Slavery and the City: An Urban Exploration’, Critical Cities, Vol.4 (London: Myrdle Court Press, 2014), pp. 178-198.

Popular publishing

Katie Donington, ‘A society built on slavery?’, History Today (Sept, 2015).


Katie Donington, ‘Should historical place names be changed to fit modern values?’, BBC History Magazine (May 2017).

Katie Donington, ‘Review of Roots (2016)’, BBC History Magazine (Mar 2017).

Katie Donington, ‘The Legacies of British Slave-ownership’, History Workshop Journal Online (Nov 2014).

Book Review

Katie Donington, ‘Review of James Heartfield, The British and Foreign Antislavery Society, 1838-1950’, History: The Journal of the Historical Association (Oct 2018)

Katie Donington, ‘Review of Talitha L. LeFlouria, Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South’, Feminist Review , 115 (Mar 2017).

Katie Donington, ‘Review of William Pettigrew Freedom’s Debt: The Royal African Company and the Politics of the Atlantic Slave Trade (1672-1752) and Brycchan Carey, From Peace to Freedom: Quaker Rhetoric and the Birth of American Slavery (1657-1761)’, History Today (Jul 2014).

Encyclopaedia entry

Katie Donington, ‘Jane Harry’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).

Educational resources

Katie Donington, ‘The Legacies of British Slave-ownership’, Modern Historical Review, 18.5 (Hodder Education, 2015).

Katie Donington and Kristy Warren, ‘Hackney, sugar and slavery: Local history unit of work’, Key Stage 3 and 4.

Katie Donington, John Siblon and Kristy Warren, ‘An overview of Britain and transatlantic slavery: Background notes for teachers’, Key Stage 3 and 4.

Dr Corinne Fowler


Affiliation: Senior Lecturer in Twentieth Century Postcolonial Literature, University of Leicester

Location: Leicester, East Midlands


Research Description: Rural racism, writing by black and Asian Britons, regional sensibility, regional literary cultures, literary economy, community publishing, British country houses’ slavery connections.

Research Keywords: Writing by black and Asian Britons.

Countries and Regions of Interest: UK, Midlands, rural Britain, North-West Britain.



  • Travel Writing and Ethics. Theory and Practice ed. by Corinne Fowler, Charles Forsdick and Ludmilla Kostova (Routledge, 2013)
  • Postcolonial Manchester: devolved literary cultures (Manchester University Press, 2013), with Lynne Pearce
  • Chasing Tales.  Travel writing, journalism and the history of British ideas about Afghanistan (Rodopi, 2007)
  • Migration Stories ed. by Corinne Fowler, Muli Amaye and Martin de Mello (Crocus Books, 2009)

Special Journal Issues:

  • Region/Writing/Home: Relocating British Diasporas, Moving Worlds volume 9:2, 2009, ed. with Graham Mort
  • Journeys: ‘Travel and Ethics’ (4:1), 2003

Journal Articles:

  • ‘Carers Cruising Cumbria and Meals on the Mile: Migrants in Fieldwork and Fiction’, Mobilities (7: 2) 2012, with Sondra Cuban
  • ‘A Tale of Two Novels: devolving black British writing’, Journal of Commonwealth Literature (43:3) 2008, pp. 75-94
  • ‘Articulation, Imagined Space and Virtual Mobility in Literary Narratives of Migration’, Mobilities (3:3) 2008, pp. 455-469, with Robert Crawshaw
  • ‘Before Enduring Freedom: the legacy of nineteenth-century Anglo-Afghan encounters to British travel writing and journalism’ Studies in Travel Writing (7:1) 2007, pp. 155-175
  • Journalists in feminist clothing.  Men and women reporting Afghan women’ Journal of International Women’s Studies (8:2) 2007, pp. 4-19
  • ‘Recuperating narratives with troublesome titles.  A critical meta-commentary on the problem of reading Beatrice Grimshaw’s From Fiji to the Cannibal Islands (1907)’ Ecloga 2006, pp. 25-45
  • ‘Moving Manchester: relocating diaspora research’ International Journal of the Humanities (1:1), 2006, with Lynne Pearce
  • ‘The return of the author: developing effective modes of collaboration between writing practioners and analytical theorists’, International Journal of the Arts in Society (1:1), 2006, with Graham Mort
  • ‘Where ethnographers fear to tread: the counter-influence of ethnography on Christopher Kremmer’s The Carpet Wars and Christina Lamb’s The Sewing Circles of Herat’ Journeys (4:1) 2003, pp. 103-128
  • ‘Khaled Hosseini: The Kite Runner (2004)’ in the Literary Encyclopaedia

Book Chapters:

  • ‘The Poetics and Politics of Spoken Word Poetry’ in The Cambridge Companion to Black British Writing, ed. Deirdre Osborne, 2015.
  • ‘Travel and Ethics’ in The Routledge Companion to Travel Writing, ed. Carl Thompson, 2015.
  • ‘Fiction and Affect: Anglophone Travel Writing and the Case of Paraguay’ in Travel Writing and Ethics. Theory and Practice, ed. Charles Forsdick, Corinne Fowler and Ludmilla Kostova (London: Routledge 2012)
  • ‘Feminist imperialism: travel writing and journalism past and present’ in The Politics of Gender (Routledge, 2009)
  • ‘The problem of narrative authority: Kate Karko and Catherine Oddie’ in Siegal, Kristi (ed) Gender, Genre and Identity in Women’s Travel Writing (Peter Lang Publishing) 2003, pp. 209-224

Creative Writing:

  • ‘North, South: Britain’s alternative literary landscapes’, The London Magazine, March/April 2010
  • ‘The Flood’, Arabesques Review, 2007, pp. 29-35
  • ‘Clackmannan Tower’ in Days Like This, Edinburgh: Luath Press, 2009, pp. 143-146
  • ‘The Black Devon’, New Writing Scotland, volume 27, 2009
  • Migration Stories, ed. by Muli Amaye, Martin De Mello and Corinne Fowler (Crocus Books, 2009)


Profile at the University of Leicester

Hannah-Rose Murray


Affiliation: University of Nottingham

Location: Nottingham, East Midlands


Research Description: I’m currently writing about the impact of formerly enslaved African Americans on British society in the mid c19th, how in turn British society responded to these individuals and how they fought racial stereotypes. Individuals include Frederick Douglass, Henry ‘Box’ Brown, William and Ellen Craft, James Watkins and William Wells Brown, among others. I will bring my project to the present day by assessing how American slavery has been remembered and how this has led to nostalgia on American plantations and an active protest memory that can be seen through the Black Lives Matter movement.

Research Keywords: Slavery and abolition; African Americans in Britain; the Black British community in the c19th; celebrity culture; performance; slavery iconography; memory; protest.

Countries and Regions of Interest: Britain (formerly enslaved African Americans visited all regions of Britain, even the Isle of Wight!); Northern and Southern states of the USA.



Twitter: @Hannah_RoseM