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Professor Brycchan Carey


Department: Humanities

I am a specialist in the literature and culture of the Atlantic world in the period 1650-1850. I have published extensively on the cultures of slavery and abolition, colonial America, and discourses of science and exploration in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, especially natural history and the early life sciences. I am currently in receipt of a British Academy/Wolfson Foundation Professorship to work on ‘The Parish Revolution: Parochial Origins of Global Conservationism’. This project explores to the contribution of the clergy to the development of natural history, and their lasting influence on the nature of the conservation movement. You can find out more about the project here.

I came to Northumbria in 2016, before which I had taught at Kingston University London for 15 years. I studied English and History at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, and then took my MA and PhD in English at Queen Mary, University of London. To help develop my scientific understanding, I took a BSc in Natural Sciences with the Open University, which concluded with an ecological study of seaweed species on the Northumberland coast.

I am active within the scholarly community and have been Conference Organiser, Treasurer, International Officer, and, most recently, President of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. I have also been President of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (UK and Ireland) and President of the Literary London Society. I am a fellow and currently a council member of the Linnean Society of London. You can find more information about my research and career, as well as many free resources for studying literature, slavery, empire, and natural history on my website.

Brycchan Carey

Campus Address

Northumbria University
Lipman Building, Room 017
Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Birds in Eighteenth-Century Literature: Reason, Emotion, and Ornithology, 1700–1840, Carey, B., Greenfield, S., Milne, A. 22 Sep 2020
  • Literary Histories of the Early Anglophone Caribbean: Islands in the Stream, Aljoe, N., Carey, B., Krise, T. 14 Apr 2018
  • Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative, Carey, B. Dec 2017
  • From Peace to Freedom: Quaker Rhetoric and the Birth of American Antislavery, 1658–1761, Carey, B. 27 Nov 2012
  • British Abolitionism and the Rhetoric of Sensibility: Writing, Sentiment and Slavery, 1760-1807, Carey, B. 19 Nov 2005

  • Jennifer Coleman Start Date: 01/10/2018 End Date: 14/06/2020
  • Jennifer Coleman Start Date: 01/10/2018 End Date: 24/10/2019

  • Environmental Studies/Science BSc (Hons) September 01 2014
  • English Literature PhD August 31 2000
  • English Literature MA September 01 1996
  • English September 01 1995

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