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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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Associated History Faculty include: Andrew Apter, Robin Derby, Carla Pestana, Robin Kelley, Brenda Stevenson, Scot Brown, 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 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”
History Conference Room, 6275 Bunche Hall

*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
History Reading Room, 6265 Bunche Hall



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)

March 12
Herman Bennett
"Kings and Slaves: Diplomacy, Sovereignty, and Black Subjectivity in the Early Modern World"
History Conference Room, 6275 Bunche Hall



April 16
Animals and Slavery Conference (more details will be available at a later time)

April 17–18
Conference 3
“Respectable Women”: Gender, Family, Labor, Resistance, and the Metanarrative of Patriarchy

April 27
Catherine Hall

May 7
Elizabeth Dillon
“Geographies of Reproduction: Gender and Racial Capitalism in Plantation Modernity”  
Bunche 6265 Conference Room

May 21
Mary Terrall
Title TBA
6275 Bunche Hall, 12PM-2PM


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For further information about the Atlantic History Emphasis, please send an email to Andrew Apter (aapter@history.ucla.edu).