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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”
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)

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)

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

Catherine Hall

Catherine Hall
“Racial capitalism across the black/white Atlantic"
6275 Bunche Hall

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

Thabisile Griffin
"Ann Barramount's Petition to Sell: Property Struggles and Colonial Insecurity in 18th Century St. Vincent"
6275 Bunche Hall

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


EVENTS FOR 2018-2019

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


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"



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, Saturday
Conference, "New Directions in the Study of Black Atlantic Religions"
9am - 5pm

10383 Bunche Hall, UCLA

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This multidisciplinary group composed of faculty from multiple UC campuses will critically assess the current state of scholarship on Black Atlantic belief systems and theorize new methodologies and analytic orientations for comparative and regional studies. Our objective is to expand UC’s historical role as a hub for the study of Black Atlantic religions by fostering dialogue and collaboration amongst a new generation of
scholars. We will explore where new research is needed, ways to develop new methods, what new theoretical paradigms are available, and carefully consider how we as scholars can contribute to the anti-racist struggles of the peoples of the Black Atlantic world. Participants include Jeffrey Kahn, UCSB, Rachel O’Toole, UCI, Roberto Strongman, Elizabeth Pérez and Claudine Michel from UCSB, Jeroen Dewulf, UCB and Patrick Polk, Lauren Derby, Katherine Smith and Andrew Apter, UCLA.

Outside speakers including Brendan Jamal Thornton from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill whose book on Pentecostalism and masculinity in the Dominican Republic won the Caribbean Studies award for best book in the humanities. Yanique Hume from the University of the West Indies, Barbados, who writes about Haitians in eastern Cuba and African diaspora mortuary rites will provide a keynote. Hume is also a professional dancer and choreographer and will also hold a dance workshop during her stay on campus.

The conference is free and open to the public but RSVP requested by emailing Sheila Breeding, African Studies Center, at sbreeding@international.ucla.edu. Co-sponsors include the African Studies Center, Division of Undergraduate Education, the Bunche Center for African and African American Studies, the Center for the Study of Religion, Atlantic Studies, Dept. of History and the Robin Kelley Chair, UCLA

----- This conference is co-sponsored by the African Studies Center.  -----

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"


EVENTS FOR 2017-2018

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


May 3, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Bunche 6275 
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"
Event Flyer

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”



February 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bunche 6275

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


EVENTS FOR 2016-2017

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


*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--



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--



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


EVENTS FOR 2015-2016

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


Oct. 8th, History Reading Room, 6265 Bunche Hall
Vincent Brown, “Designing Histories of Slavery in the Database Age” 


Oct. 22nd
Aisha Beliso DeJesus, “Electric Santería: Racial and Sexual Assemblages of Transnational Religion” 


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



Jan. 20, 4-6:00pm, Bunche 6275
Martha Few, Dept. of History, 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” 


Feb. 10, 4-6:00pm, Bunche 6275
Winston James, Dept. of History, University of California, Irvine 
"The Bolshevization of Claude McCay: The Radicalization of His British Sojourn, 1919-1921” 
--- Event Flyer ---


Feb. 24, 4-6:00pm, Bunche 6275
Lisl Schoeplin, University of California, Los Angeles
“The Landscape of Andean Religion in Murúa's Manuscripts” 


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


Mar. 24, 4-6:00pm, Bunche 6275
Nancy O. Gallman, "American Constitutions: Life, Liberty and Property in Colonial East Florida" 



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


Apr. 13
Christopher L. Brown, "The British in Africa in the Era of the Slave Trade”
--- Event Flyer ---


EVENTS FOR 2014-2015

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


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


Oct. 30th
Kevin McDonald, Loyola Marymount University
"Pirates and the Indo-Atlantic World"


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



Jan. 15th
David Sartorius, “Passport Control: Race and the Legal Culture of Travel to and from Cuba”


Feb. 12th, 6265 Bunche Hall
Winter Schneider, “Kesyon tè a: Land Ownership, Militarism and Historicity in Haiti and the French Empire”


Mar. 5th
Aisha Finch, "Slave Bodies, Carceral Temporalities: Rethinking the Caribbean Plantation"



Apr. 2nd
Catherine Hall, “The Legacies of British Colonial slave-ownership”


Apr. 8th, 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”


Apr. 16th
Alex Borucki, “Atlantic History and the Slave Trade to Spanish America”


May 7th
Elena Schneider, “Cuba in the Eighteenth-century Atlantic World”


May 21st
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.