Elizabeth Vibert, historian, colonial identities in Nova Scotia, black refugees
University of Victoria
Vibert's current research project explores the making of colonial identities, particularly of race, gender, class and religion, in late eighteenth-century Nova Scotia. She is especially interested in how state responses to and popular experiences of poverty shaped 'racial' thinking: how did official and private efforts at poor relief and charity shape debates and conflicts over racial and ethnic identities? How were local developments informed by those in the metropole? At the moment she is working on petitions from black refugees of the revolution, both in Nova Scotia/New Brunswick and in England.