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Atlantic History:  This primary goal of this cluster is to generate innovative scholarship on the relations linking Africa, Europe and the Americas in the development of Western capitalism and modernity.  Relevant themes include the expansion of markets during the slave trade; the production of literary texts and forms of historical memory; the politics of religious dissent and conversion; the growth of colonial science and cartography; Native American ethnogenesis; the rise of abolitionist and Pan-African ideologies; and the dynamics of race, gender and creolization throughout the Atlantic world.

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ATLANTIC CLUSTER FACULTY

Associated History Faculty include:  Andrew Apter, Robin Derby, Carla Pestana, Robin Kelley, Brenda Stevenson, Scot Brown, Margaret Jacob, Debbie Silverman, Bill Summerhill, Kevin Terraciano, Mary Terrall, Craig Yirush, Robert Hill, Fernando Pérez Montesinos. 

Affiliated Faculty Outside History include:  
Aisha Finch, Department of Gender Studies
Jorge Marturano, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Allen Roberts, Department of World Arts and Culture
Mary (Polly) Nooter Roberts, Department of World Arts and Culture
Patrick Polk, Fowler Museum
Dominic Thomas, Department of French and Francophone Studies
Elizabeth Deloughrey, Department of English
Judith Carney, Department of Geography
Peter James Hudson, Department of African American Studies
Stella Nair, Department of Art History
Jemima Pierre, Department of African American Studies

EVENTS FOR 2016-2017

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

FALL QUARTER, 2016

*Oct. 2-Feb. 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.
 

*Oct. 5th, 7 PM, Fowler Museum, UCLA
Cuban film They are We, a documentary on Gangá Longobá, a Cuban dance tradition that invokes its African origins in Sierra Leone.
 

*Oct. 26th, 7pm, Fowler Museum, UCLA. Two Exhibition Lectures. RSVP required.
Andrew Apter, Depts. of History and Anthropology 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.”
 

*Nov 15th, 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 5th, 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--

 

WINTER QUARTER, 2017

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, English, 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"
 

Feb. 23rd, 5pm, Bunche 6275
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 9th, 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--

 

SPRING QUARTER, 2017

April 13, 12-2p, Atlantic History Speaker Series, 6275 Bunche Hall
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, History Conference Room, Bunche 6275
“Coins of the Realm: Money, Value and Sovereignty in the Early Modern Atlantic.”
International Conference organized by Andrew Apter, Depts. of History and Anthropology, UCLA.

 

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, History Conference Room, Bunche 6275
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



For further information about the Atlantic History Emphasis, please send an email to Carla Pestana (cgpestana@history.ucla.edu).