Dr Eleanor Bird

Research Associate


My main research interests are in the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade and slavery in the Romantic period, with a particular focus on slave narratives and newspapers. My first book, which is under contract with Manchester University Press, develops our understanding of Canada's role in the Atlantic slave system and in the international antislavery debate and contributes to the scholarly understanding of the Black Atlantic in Canada and throughout the Anglophone and Francophone world. As a member of the Davy Notebooks Project team, I am bringing a specific aspect to the project on Davy and race that has not been explored before.

I have published articles on slavery in Quebec’s newspapers in the Journal of Transatlantic Studies, women’s antislavery writing and manuscript culture in Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies and on Mary Prince and Susanna Moodie in Notes & Queries. My PhD, awarded in 2018, was a collaborative doctoral award at the University of Sheffield and British Library. The project used rare book slave narratives and Canadian newspapers at the British Library and at archives in Canada.

I have held the Eccles Centre for American Studies Award and had a fellowship with the Nova Scotia Museum in Canada. In 2020-21 I held a BAAS Early-Career Short-Term Research Assistance Award and this enabled me to employ a PhD student at the Harriet Irving Library at the University of New Brunswick to search newspapers and discover more about the circulation of slave narratives in Canada. I represent my department in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Decolonisation Network, and I am a member of the Athena Swan Sub-Committee and EDI Committee.