Slavery Seminar

Seminar "Slavery, Memory, and African Diasporas"

Created in the Spring 2012 by Dr. Ana Lucia Araujo (Professor, Department of History) this seminar is a forum for discussion of scholarship on the history and memory of slavery and their connections with the African diaspora. Prior to the meetings, the seminar papers circulate (via email) among the participants.

The seminar meets three or four times each semester at the main campus of Howard University.

To attend, please fill out the form below to receive the necessary materials in preparation for the seminars. 

Slavery Seminar Interest Form

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 Schedule

September 25, 2019
"Weaving Collective Memory"
Ana Lucia Araujo (Professor, Department of History, Howard University),

October 30, 2019
"'Principally Children': African American Children in the Domestic Slave Trade and the Abolitionist Imagination"
Dr. Richard Bell (Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Maryland)
 
November 13, 2019
"Members of Two Families Simultaneously: Black Women, Slavery and Relationships in Eighteenth Century Massachusetts"
Dr. Felicia Thomas (Assistant Professor, Department of History, Morgan State University), 

January 22, 2020
“The Languages of Atlantic History: A Perspective from Central Africa”
Dr. Kathryn de Luna (Associate Professor, Department of History, Georgetown University)

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 Schedule

September 19, 2018
"Haiti’s Paper War: Post-Independence Writing, Civil War, and the Making of the Republic, 1804–1954”
Chelsea Stieber, Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages

October 24, 2018
"The Task System and Property Ownership during Slavery"
Felicia Jamison, President's Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, University of Maryland, College Park

January 23, 2019
"'Restless and Ambitious Men': Free Blacks and the African Colonization Movement in the Post-Revolutionary Chesapeake, 1789-1822"
Herbert Brewer, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Morgan State University

February 20, 2019
"Members of Two Families Simultaneously: Black Women, Slavery and Relationships in Eighteenth-Century Massachusetts"
Felicia Thomas, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Morgan State University

March 6, 2019
"The Saga of Micro Emancipation in the Antebellum South"
Richard Newman, Professor, Department of History, Rochester Institute of Technology

April 24, 2019
“Slavery at Abingdon Plantation”
Thomas Foster, Professor, Department of History and Associate Dean of COAS, Howard University

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 Schedule

September 20, 2017
“The Beaten Way”
Richard Bell (Associate Professor, University of Maryland)

November 8, 2017
“Negros Monteros, Morenas Domesticas, and Enfants Cultivateurs: Unfree Labor and Constructed Race in Late-Colonial Santo Domingo"
Maria Cecilia Ulrickson (PhD Candidate, University of Notre Dame)

January 24, 2018
“American Yankees and Abolitionism in Nineteenth-century East Africa”
Jane Hooper (Assistant Professor, George Mason University)

February 21, 2018
"West Indies Emancipation: An Anthology of Speeches, Songs, & Poems”
Jeffrey Kerr-Ritchie (Professor, Department of History, Howard University)

March 28, 2018
”’I Must Possess My Own Body': William Trail and the Founding of a Free Black Community in Indiana"
Edna G. Medford (Professor, Department of History, Howard University)

April 25, 2018
Enslaved Women’s Armed Resistance to Slavery
Nikki M. Taylor (Professor, Department of History, Howard University)

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 Schedule

September 14, 2016
“Sex and Slavery: Intimacy, Power, and Kinship at Saint-Louis and Gorée”
Jessica Marie Johnson (Assistant Professor, Department of History, Johns Hopkins University)

October 12, 2016
"Reparations in the Era of Unfinished Citizenship”
Ana Lucia Araujo (Professor, Howard University)

November 16, 2016
“The Three Lives of Mary Prince: (Re)Imagining Authorship in Nineteenth-Century Print Networks”
Emily Kluger (Assistant Professor, Department of English, Howard University)

January 25, 2017
“Not Altogether of the Ordinary Material and Timber”: The Life of F.Z.S. Peregrino, 1851-1919”
Alcione Amos (Curator of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Washington DC)

February 22, 2017
"Facing slavery's legacy at Georgetown"
Adam Rothman (Professor, Department of History, Georgetown University

March 29, 2017
“Trajectories of Slavery in Mali”
Elke Strockreiter (Assistant Professor, Department of History, American University)

April 19, 2017
Africanos into Africanos Livres: The Brazilian Registries of the Liberated Africans Project
Daryle Williams (Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Maryland)

Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 Schedule

September 16, 2015
“Emancipation Time: Achieving Freedom during the American Civil War”
Joseph Reidy (Professor of History and Associate Provost, Howard University)

October 14, 2015
“The Comparative Fallacy: New Slaves and Old Slaves”
Jeffrey Kerr-Ritchie (Associate Professor of History, Howard University)

November 18, 2015
"The Public Performance of African Christianity in Early Modern Iberia."
Erin Rowe (Assistant Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University)

January 19, 2016
Paper's title: TBA
Edna G. Medford (Professor of History, Howard University)

February 24, 2016
"Strategies in Enslaved Communities during Times of Crisis: A Comparative View of the Caribbean and North America in the Mid-Eighteenth Century"
Jason T. Sharples (Assistant Professor of History, Catholic University of America)

March 23, 2016
"Slavery, Liberation, Canonization: Monuments to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad"
Renée Ater (Associate Professor of Art History, University of Maryland)

Fall 2014 - Spring 2015 Schedule

September 10, 2014 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
"A Kidnapping in New Orleans During the Civil War"
Adam Rothman (Associate Professor, Department of History, Georgetown University)

October 8, 2014 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
"Safe Travels: Passports and the Illegal Slave Trade in Nineteenth-Century Cuba"
David Sartorius (Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Maryland, College Park)

November 12, 2014 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
"Cultural Syncretism and the Duplicity of Anti-Slavery on the Gold Coast (Ghana)"
Rebecca Shumway (Adjunct Professor, Department of History, Georgetown University)

February 4, 2015 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
"Reparations for Slavery in Brazil"
Ana Lucia Araujo (Professor, Department of History, Howard University University)

March 11, 2015 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
"Held for Safekeeping: Black Women Imprisoned in Maryland during the Age of the Civil War"
Dr. Sharita Thompson (Independent Scholar)

Fall 2013 - Spring 2014 Schedule

September 25, 2013 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
"(Mis)Taken Identities: Kisama and the Politics of Naming in the Palenque Limón, New Grenada, c. 1570-1634"
Jessica Krug (Assistant Professor, George Washington University)

October 16, 2013 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
"Politics and Gender in the Berbice Slave Rebellion, 1763-1764"
Marjoleine Kars (Associate Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

December 4, 2013 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
"Silver for Slaves: Negotiating for Slaves in Early Modern Madagascar"
Jane Hooper (Assistant Professor, George Mason University)

February 5, 2014 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
"Kinship, Abolition, Commerce, and Colonization of 'Portuguese Guinea' c. 1830-1879"
Lumumba Shabaka (Assistant Professor, Howard University)

March 26, 2014 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
"The Blackest Market: Kidnapping and the Domestic Slave Trade"
Richard Bell (Associate Professor, University of Maryland, College Park)

Fall 2012 - Spring 2013 Schedule

September 12 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
"Black Purgatory: Female Slave Resistance in Nineteenth-Century Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)"
Ana Lucia Araujo (Associate Professor, Howard University)

October 9 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
A Discussion on the book The Problem of Slavery As History: A Global Approach (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012) by Joseph C. Miller
Joseph Miller (Professor, University of Virginia)

October 24 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
"Remembering and Commemorating the United States Colored Troops: The African American Civil War Monument, Washington, DC"
Renée Ater (Associate Professor, University of Maryland, College Park)

December 5, 2012 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
"Rethinking the Christie Affair: Free Africans, Citizenship, and Nation during the Anglo-Brazilian Conflict, 1861-1865"
Daryle Williams (Associate Professor, University of Maryland, College Park)

January 23, 2013 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
"Washington, DC: From the Founding of a Slaveholding Capital to a Center of Abolitionism"
Maurice Jackson (Associate Professor, Georgetown University)

March 6, 2013 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
"Shadowed Lives: Slave Ancestry And Social Emancipation In Twentieth-Century Urban Gambia"
Alice Bellagamba (Associate Professor, University of Milano-Biccoca, Italy)

March 27, 2013 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
"Fragments of an Indian Ocean Life: Aristide Corroller Between Islands and Empires"
Pier Larson (Professor, Johns Hopkins University)

April 24 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
"Women Self-Emancipators"
Jeffrey Kerr-Ritchie (Associate Professor, Howard University)