New Research on the Atlantic Slave Trade - Day One

CGIS South, Belfer Case Study Room, S020, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 5:00pm

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Participants: Richard Anderson, Maria del Carmen Barcia, Vincent Brown, Daniel Domingues da Silva, Vanessa dos Santos Oliveira, Marcus Joaquim de Carvalho, David Eltis, Roquinaldo Ferreira, Henry Lovejoy, Philip Misevich, Marcus Rediker, Elisée Soumonni, Randy J. Sparks


Friday, October 2

  • 5:00 PM: Welcome, Alejandro de la Fuente, Henry Louis Gates Jr.
  • 7:00 PM: Dinner

Saturday, October 3

  • 9.00 AM-11.00 AM: The Atlantic Slave Trade in Africa: Participants, Complicity, Resistance

Roquinaldo Ferreira, Brown University, "Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Atlantic World: Angola and Brazil during the Era of the Slave Trade."

Elisée Soumonni, Université Nationale du Bénin, “From Bahia to Coastal Benin: Reconstructing transatlantic family connections in Agoué.”

Vanessa dos Santos Oliveira, York University, "The Forgotten Slave Traders: Women and Slave Trade in Nineteenth Century Luanda."

Randy J. Sparks, Tulane University, "The Rio Pongo-South Carolina Connection: The Holman Family Build a Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Enterprise."

  • 11:15 AM-1:00 PM: The Digital Humanities Revolution and the Study of the Atlantic Slave Trade

David Eltis, Emory University, “Slave Voyages and African-Origins since 2010: Problems, Retrospectives and Reassessments.”

Vincent Brown, Harvard University, "From Database to Interface: Designing the History of the Atlantic Slave Trade."

Henry Lovejoy, University of Texas, “Digital Resource Design and the Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: Building a Crowd Sourcing Framework for www.liberatedafricans.org.”

  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM: Lunch
  • 2:00 PM-4:00 PM: The Slave Trade in the 19th Century: Liberated Africans and Emancipados

Daniel Domingues da Silva, University of Missouri; and Philip Misevich, St. John’s University, “The African Islamic Diaspora to the Americas in the Nineteenth Century.”

Richard Anderson, Yale University, “Liberated Africans in Sierra Leone: Origins and Experiences."

Marcus Joaquim Maciel de Carvalho, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, “Stolen Slaves, Liberated Africans and Politics in Pernambuco, Brazil: The Case of the Slave Ship Bom Jesus dos Navegantes in 1846.”

Maria del C. Barcia, University of Havana, “The Slave Trade and the Emancipados in Cuba: New Sources and Research.”


Sponsored by the Working Group on Comparative Slavery, the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University


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