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Atlantic History Group

Atlantic History: This primary goal of this group 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
Catherine Hall, Visiting Professor, Department of History


All events will be held virtually on Zoom, Thursdays from 12:30pm to 2:00pm unless otherwise noted.

October 29, 2020

Alejandra Dubcovsky, Iquenibilahacu, iquibitila, Killed but not Extinguished, Centering Native Women in the Early South

In 1695 a Chacato woman was killed far from home and kin. Who was this woman? How did she manage to travel so far? Why was she murdered? This talk explores the life and death of this unnamed Chacato woman. She offers a surprising and quite different view of the contested colonial world she both inhabited and helped shape. She disappears as quickly as she appears in discussions about community, social breakdown, order, balance, and family. She reveals intimate, at times even tactile, understanding of the interpersonal relations that defined her life, which unfolded in the simultaneity of empire building and colonial conflict. Allowing her to tell her story relies on the available colonial documents but refuses to let them dictate the terms of historical engagement. Her violent death, the trial that followed, and the many uncertainties that surrounded both, show how Native women were a central force in the making and unmaking of the early Southeast.

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September 18

The Early Modern Global Caribbean Conference


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For further information about the Atlantic History Group, please send an email to Robin Derby (derby@history.ucla.edu).