Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

IHS to co-sponsor Black Urban Atlantics Conference

Fri, March 27, 2009

University of Texas Harrington Faculty Fellow Matt Childs of the University of South Carolina, and UT Austin Professors James Sidbury and Jorge Canizares-Esguerra, the Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History, are convening specialists on urban slavery in early modern Africa, Europe, and the Americas to study Atlantic history as a space of relentless exploitation but also incessant transnational circulations on April 2-3, 2009.

Roughly between 1450 and 1850, Atlantic urban slavery from Mexico to São Salvador (Kongo) to Kingston to Bahia to Lisbon to Ouidah to Le Cap François generated unprecedented patterns of geographical mobility and hybrid ethnogenesis among Atlantic Africans.

We are bringing together 16 leading scholars on the urban Black Atlantic to explore cities as laboratories of transnational ethnogenesis in order to address, but also go beyond, current debates on the "Creole" and "African Diaspora" origins of Afro-Atlantic culture. In addition to the urban dimensions of enslavement, we are particularly interested in exploring markets, secret societies, Catholic sodalities and cabildos, reverse migration, and armies (particularly in the south Atlantic and the Caribbean) as forces of Atlantic transculturation.

The original contributions will be published in an edited volume.

The workshop is being sponsored by the Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellow Program, Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professorship and the Institute for Historical Studies.

For more info, contact:

Matt Childs
2008-2009 Harrington Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of History, University of South Carolina

PHOTO CAPTION: Market Stall and Market Women, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1819-1820 Henry Chamberlain, Views and costumes of the city and neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from drawings taken by Lieutenant Chamberlain, Royal Artillery, during the years 1819 and 1820, with descriptive explanations (London, 1822), as shown on, sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library.

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