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EVENTS FOR 2019-2020

All events will be held in the UCLA History Conference Room, Bunche 6275, on Thursdays from 12pm to 1:30pm unless otherwise noted.
*Outside Events


*October 3-5
Getty Symposium
“1519, the Arrival of Strangers:  Indigenous Art and Voices following the Spanish Conquest of Mesoamerica”
(unaffiliated event of interest)

October 10
Vikram Tamboli
Ethnobotanical and Landscape Archives in the Guyanese-Venezuelan Borderlands: Rethinking Atlantic Histories from the Eighteenth Century to the Present

*October 25-26
Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies Core Program Contested Foundations:  Commemorating the Red Letter Year of 1619-- Conference 1
“20.  And odd Negroes: African Labor, Colonial Economies, Cultural Pluralities” 
(unaffiliated event of interest)

November 14
Manuel Covo, University of California, Santa Barbara
The Entrepôt of Atlantic Revolutions. The French Colony of Saint-Domingue and Commercial Republicanism



January 23
Kittiya Lee, History Department, California State University, Los Angeles
Dressed to Impress: The Boundaries of Friendship and the Tupi Sovereign Body in Pero Vaz de Caminha’s 1500 Letter from Brazil

February 13
Thabisile Griffin, History Department, University of California, Los Angeles
On Property and Black indigeneity in St. Vincent

*February 21-22
Conference 2
“Burgesses to be chosen in all places”: Representative Governance Takes Hold on British Claimed Soil"

(unaffiliated event of interest)

Herman Bennett
Kings and Slaves: Diplomacy, Sovereignty, and Black Subjectivity in the Early Modern World



April 16
Animals and Slavery Conference

Conference 3
“Respectable Women”: Gender, Family, Labor, Resistance, and the Metanarrative of Patriarchy

Catherine Hall

Catherine Hall
Racial capitalism across the black/white Atlantic

Elizabeth Dillon
Geographies of Reproduction: Gender and Racial Capitalism in Plantation Modernity

Thabisile Griffin
Ann Barramount's Petition to Sell: Property Struggles and Colonial Insecurity in 18th Century St. Vincent

Mary Terrall
Title TBA


EVENTS FOR 2018-2019

All events will be held in Bunche 6275 on Thursdays from 12pm to 2pm unless otherwise noted.
*Outside Events


October 4 
Catherine Hall, Professor of History, University College London
Common Practices: Edward Long and Race-Making Across the Black/White Atlantic

October 18 
Elyan Hill, Ph.D. candidate (UCLA World Arts and Culture/Dance)
Points of Encounter: Embodied Mappings of Domestic Enslavement in Ewe Mama Tchamba Performances

October 27, 9am - 5pm, 10383 Bunche Hall, UCLA
Conference, "New Directions in the Study of Black Atlantic Religions"
----- This conference is co-sponsored by the African Studies Center.  -----
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November 15 
Marjoleine Kars, Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Slaves Remastered:  An Untold Story of Rebellion, Revolution, and Restoration in the Atlantic World


January 18 
Enrique Rivera, Ph.D. candidate, UCLA
'Precious Objects' and the Manufacturing of Revolution in Coro, Venezuela, 1795

February 8 
Kristen Block, Associate Professor of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Holistic Medicine, Spiritual Healing, and Dis-ease in the Early Caribbean

March 1 
Danielle Terrazas Williams, Assistant Professor of History, Oberlin College
Piracy, African-descended Women, and Crown Concerns in Colonial Mexico


EVENTS FOR 2017-2018

All events will be held in Bunche 6275 on Thursdays from 12pm to 2pm unless otherwise noted.


October 12
Jessica Millward, UC Irvine

"Wombs of Liberation: Freedom Petitions, the Black Woman’s Body and Trans-Atlantic Law, 1780-1860"

November 2
Shantelle George, SUNY Oneonta

"The Kola Nut: A West African Commodity in the Atlantic World"


February 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A one-day symposium follows the 1586 voyage of the ship Red Dragon. The ship’s little-known logbook, documenting its journey from England, to Sierra Leone, Rio de la Plata and Salvador da Bahia, illuminates the early interconnected histories of Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

Vanessa Wilkie, Huntington Library

Eleanor Hubbard, Princeton University
David Wheat, Michigan State University
Kara Schultz, Vanderbilt University
Gabriel Rocha, Drexel University
Karen Ordahl Kupperman, New York University

This conference is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors at UCLA: Department of History Atlantic History Fund and Joyce Appleby Endowed Chair fund; Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library; Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS); and the Department of Geography


May 3, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Lisl Schoepflin 
Murúa and his Andean Collaborators: A Chronicle in Colonial Context

April 30, 5 p.m., 4302 Rolfe Hall (Lydeen Library) 
Anna More, Universidade de Brasília 
Necro-Economics and the Early Iberian Slave Trade

April 26, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Bunche 6275 
Fernando Pérez-Montesinos 
The Atlantic Origins of Mexican Early Radical Liberalism

April 19, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Bunche 6275 
Daniel Richter, Richard S. Dunn Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania 
Four Fixers: The North American Misadventures of England’s Royal Commissioners, 1664—1665


EVENTS FOR 2016-2017

All events will be held in Bunche 6275 on Thursdays from 12pm to 2pm unless otherwise noted.
*Outside Events


*October 2-February 12, Fowler Museum, UCLA
Nkame: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón
This exhibit is the first complete retrospective of the work of Cuban printmaker Belkis Ayón whose work references myths of the Afro-Cuban fraternal society Abakuá: http://www.fowler.ucla.edu/exhibitions/nkame-belkis-ayon/. The show will also feature contemporary Cuban poster art.

*October 5, 7 PM, Fowler Museum, UCLA
They Are We

A documentary on Gangá Longobá, a Cuban dance tradition that invokes its African origins in Sierra Leone.

*October 26, 7pm, Fowler Museum, UCLA. Two Exhibition Lectures. RSVP required.
Andrew Apter, UCLA
Abakuá: Ritual, Memory, and Sacred Geography in Cuba and Southeastern Nigeria
Judith Bettelheim, Independent Scholar
The Public Face of Abakuá and the Work of Belkis Ayón

*November 15, 4pm, 306 Royce Hall
M. NourbeSe Philip
An Untelling of Zong
Postcolonial Literature and Theory Studies Colloquium, UCLA Department of English. Followed by a Q and A with Professors Fred D’Aguiar and Harryette Mullen

M. NourbeSe Philip is a poet, writer and lawyer who was born in Tobago and now lives in Toronto. Zong!, a collection of poetry, is based on a legal decision at the end of the 18th Century related to the massacre of Africans on board a slave ship.

December 5, 12-2p, Black Forum at the Ralph J. Bunche Center, 153 Haines Hall
Dr. Alden H. Young, Departments of Africana Studies and History, Drexel University
Making Sudan Count: The Economizing Logic of the State

Hardcopies of Dr. Young's paper are available at the African Studies Center, the Department of African American Studies, and the Ralph J. Bunche Center.
--Part of the Emancipation & Empire: Africa and the Project of Black Studies Series--


January 19, 12-1:30pm, Bunche 6275
Carla Pestana, UCLA Department of History
Quaker Mobility and the threat to English America
This talk considers the force and voluntary circulation of Quakers through the mid-17th century Atlantic
--Part of the CRS Faculty Lecture Series--

January 23, 12-2p, Black Forum at the Ralph J. Bunche Center, 153 Haines Hall
Maboula Soumahoro, Université François-Rabelais, Tours-Bennington College
--Part of the Emancipation & Empire: Africa and the Project of Black Studies Series--

January 24, 12-2pm, Bunche 6275
Marisa Fuentes, Associate Professor, Depts. of Women’s & Gender Studies, and History, Rutgers University
‘Refuse’ bodies, Disposable Lives: The Biopolitics of the Atlantic Slave Trade

January 26, 4pm, Anderson School Collins A201
Aisha Finch, Associate Professor, Gender Studies and Afro-American Studies, UCLA
Insurgency at the Crossroads:  A Book Talk by Aisha Finch

February 23, 5pm
Sean Mills, Assistant Professor, Dept. of History, University of Toronto
The Poetics of Exile:  Haitians and the Remaking of Quebec
Co-sponsored by Caribbean Program, Latin American Institute, the African-American Studies Department and the Department of French and Francophone Studies

February 27, 12-2p, Black Forum at the Ralph J. Bunche Center, 153 Haines Hall
Monique Bedasse, History and African American Studies, Washington University
--Part of the Emancipation & Empire: Africa and the Project of Black Studies Series--

March 9, 12-2pm, Bunche 6275
Winter Schneider, Graduate Student, Dept. of History, UCLA

Between Neocolonialism and Decoloniality: Property, Law and Insurgent Historicity in Haiti 

March 13, 12-2p, Black Forum at the Ralph J. Bunche Center, 153 Haines Hall
Tshepo Masango Chéry, African & African Diasporas Studies, University of Texas at Austin
--Part of the Emancipation & Empire: Africa and the Project of Black Studies Series--



April 13, 12-2p
Greg O'Malley, University of California, Santa Cruz
The Escapes of David George:  Using Flight to Ameliorate Slavery in Colonial British America

April 24, 12-2p, Black Forum at the Ralph J. Bunche Center, 153 Haines Hall
Siba N’Zatioula Grovogui, Africana Studies, Cornell University
--Part of the Emancipation & Empire: Africa and the Project of Black Studies Series--

May 4, 11, 18 from 9:00am to 11:45am in the History Reading Room, Bunche 6265
Catherine Hall, Professor, Dept. of History, University College London
Making "Race" in the 18th Century Atlantic
This workshop will focus on the processes through which the binaries of black/white, slave/free were constituted in the C18 British West Indies.  English and Scots settlers in the Caribbean became identified as ‘White men’ with power; Africans became ‘negroes’ who became ‘slaves’. This process of ‘race making’ took place on many sites and in relation to multiple practices and sets of relations. It could never be complete for the binaries could not be fixed and were constantly de-stabilised. The work of attempting to fix them was central to the work of colonisation.  Each workshop will focus on one set of institutions and practices utilising both primary and secondary sources. Attention will be focused on  the law, the family and the plantation.
This workshop is open to graduate students, with priority given to those in History, African American Studies, or those affiliated with the Atlantic Studies Group. Reserve your place by contacting Carla Pestana: cgpestana@history.ucla.edu

*May 5-6, 8am to 5pm
International Conference organized by Andrew Apter, Depts. of History and Anthropology, UCLA
Coins of the Realm: Money, Value and Sovereignty in the Early Modern Atlantic 

May 8, 12-2p, Black Forum at the Ralph J. Bunche Center, 153 Haines Hall
E. Kwame Otu, Carter G. Woodson Center for African-American and African Studies, University of Virginia
--Part of the Emancipation & Empire: Africa and the Project of Black Studies Series--

May 22, 4pm
Brett Rushforth, Assistant Professor, University of Oregon
“Political Life and Political Economy in a Caribbean Slave Rebellion: Martinique, 1710”
U.S. Field Colloquium, co-sponsored by Atlantic History Emphasis


EVENTS FOR 2015-2016

All events will be held in Bunche 6275 on Thursdays from 12pm to 2pm unless otherwise noted.
*Outside Events


October 8, 6265 Bunche Hall
Vincent Brown
Designing Histories of Slavery in the Database Age

October 22
Aisha Beliso DeJesus
Electric Santería: Racial and Sexual Assemblages of Transnational Religion

November 9
Tomas Robaina, National Library Of Cuba
The Black Press of Cuba: Nineteenth Century Sources
Co-sponsored by the Caribbean Program, Latin American Institute, UCLA



January 20, 4-6:00pm
Martha Few, University of Arizona
The Lives (and Deaths) of Caged Birds: Wild Animals and their Transatlantic Circulation from the Americas to Spain During the Eighteenth Century

February 10, 4-6:00pm
Winston James, University of California, Irvine 
The Bolshevization of Claude McCay: The Radicalization of His British Sojourn, 1919-1921

February 24, 4-6:00pm
Lisl Schoeplin, University of California, Los Angeles
The Landscape of Andean Religion in Murúa's Manuscripts

March 2, 7:30pm, Rothenberg Hall, Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center, Huntington Library
Carla Pestana, University of California, Los Angeles 
Oliver Cromwell's Consolation Prize? The English Conquest of Jamaica



March 31 
Nancy O. Gallman
American Constitutions: Life, Liberty and Property in Colonial East Florida

April 13
Christopher L. Brown
The British in Africa in the Era of the Slave Trade


EVENTS FOR 2014-2015

All events will be held in Bunche 6275 on Thursdays from 12pm to 2pm unless otherwise noted.
*Outside Events


October 9
Jessica Krug, George Washington University
Fugitive Modernities, Spirit Biographies and the Trans-Atlantic Politics of Reputation: Angola and the Americas in the Seventeenth Century

October 30
Kevin McDonald, Loyola Marymount University
Pirates and the Indo-Atlantic World

November 13
Susen Rosenfeld, UCLA
Mulheres de Négocios: Women’s Trans-Atlantic Networks in Nineteenth-Century Lagos



January 15
David Sartorius
Passport Control: Race and the Legal Culture of Travel to and from Cuba

February 12, 6265 Bunche Hall
Winter Schneider
Kesyon tè a: Land Ownership, Militarism and Historicity in Haiti and the French Empire

March 5
Aisha Finch
Slave Bodies, Carceral Temporalities: Rethinking the Caribbean Plantation



April 2
Catherine Hall
The Legacies of British Colonial slave-ownership

April 8, Royce Hall 306
Cécile Fremont, University of Chicago
Nature, Culture, and Faith in Translation: Capuchin Missionary Images and Cross-Cultural Knowledge in Kongo and Angola, 1650–1750

April 16
Alex Borucki
Atlantic History and the Slave Trade to Spanish America

May 7
Elena Schneider
Cuba in the Eighteenth-century Atlantic World

May 21
Nicole Gilhuis
Settler, Acadian, Cajun: Studying a Changing People in the French Atlantic


EVENTS FOR 2013-2014

All events will be held in Bunche 6275 on Thursdays from 12pm to 2pm unless otherwise noted.
*Outside Events


Atlantic History Series_thumbnailJanuary 16
Molly Warsh, University of Pittsburgh
The Political Ecology of the Early Spanish Caribbean

January 30
Alison Games, Georgetown University
English and Dutch in Suriname: Entangled Atlantics in the Seventeenth Century

February 13
Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, USC
"Arrest all the Anglophones": Sailors and the Making of American Nationality, ca. 1790s

February 27
Sharla Feff, Occidental College
Social Death and Social Life in Recaptive African Forced Migrations

The Atlantic History Winter 2014 Speaker Series is organized by the Atlantic History Cluster and Funded by the Joyce Appleby Endowed Chair.