History Workshop has published an 1809 letter written by a formerly enslaved woman, Mary Williamson, to her former owner in Jamaica. I know from my own research that uncovering the voices of women in the Caribbean past is extremely difficult, and it is even more so when it comes to enslaved women. Take a look... Continue Reading →
The Asahi Shimbun Displays A revolutionary legacy Haiti and Toussaint Louverture 22 February – 22 April 2018 Free Room 3 — Read on http://www.britishmuseum.org/
Digital Humanities Study Abroad, UF in Trinidad and Tobago – Hélène Huet — Read on helenehuet.org/2018/03/12/digital-humanities-study-abroad-uf-in-trinidad-and-tobago/amp/
Emory has been awarded a $300,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that will allow researchers at Emory, across the U.S. and abroad to update and expand the renowned website Voyages: The Transatlantic Save Trade Database. Source: Mellon grant to Emory will help provide new insights on slave trade
The LibraryPress@UF, an imprint of the University of Florida Press and the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, launched the Florida and the Caribbean Open Books Series this past November. This series makes available for free 39 classic out of print books on the region under an Open Access model. It is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of the Humanities Open Book Program.
The final 18 titles in the series are now available:
The African American Heritage of Florida
Edited by David R. Colburn and Jane L. Landers
Archaeology of Precolumbian Florida
Jerald T. Milanich
The Dutch in the Caribbean and on the Wild Coast, 1580–1680
Cornelis Ch. Goslinga
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Using Natural History Specimens in Interdisciplinary Research on Past Ecologies
I am the Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Histories and Geographies and am interested in how we can use historical natural history specimens (e.g. birds, plants, rocks) as cultural artifacts to examine global environmental change from an interdisciplinary perspective. Over the last decade, there has been a growing body of work recognizing the value of historical natural history specimens as valuable sources of data in global environmental change. Many of these specimens date back to over 150 years ago, and provide insight into environmental change over time when examined with contemporary records.
However, as critical scholars have emphasized, such historical natural history materials reflect not just simple representations of reality but were entangled in systems of knowledge and power in varying places and times. For example, a number of natural history collections in British museums connect to…
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By María A. Cabrera Arús Over more than five decades, Cubans have become familiar with a revolutionary iconography constructed, in part, around a sartorial style characterized by olive-drab fatigue uniforms, black military boots, and long, disheveled beards. I have argued elsewhere that this sartorial identity played a determinant role in the construction of an olive-green […]... Continue Reading →
Haiti has been in the international news this past week, not due to anything of its own making. In the aftermath, historians of Haiti have been very active, taking advantage of the spotlight to get Haiti's story out there, in all its complexity. I've compiled a list of links to some responses to President Trump's... Continue Reading →
I’m looking forward to getting a chance to read this—scholarship which listens out for the voices from the archives of the enslaved is difficult but vital work.
Randy M. Browne’s Surviving Slavery in the British Caribbean was published in July 2017 by University of Pennsylvania Press.
Diana Paton (Edinburgh University) explains that “Randy M. Browne’s important study of the late slavery period in Berbice uses a rich, but surprisingly underused, set of sources—reports of the fiscals and protectors of slaves—to take a fresh approach to the study of Caribbean slave societies. Browne is attentive to the multiple dynamics of power and the complexity of the situation of many enslaved people.”
Vincent Brown (author of The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery) writes: “Drawing upon a remarkable archive of protests by the enslaved, Randy M. Browne thoroughly reimagines the politics of slavery. Listening intently to his sources, he carefully teases out the slaves’ multifaceted struggle for survival in some of the most brutal conditions ever known. This illuminates the elemental nature of…
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As Black History Month kicked off in the UK this week, my twitter feed has featured some fascinating research and writing about Britain's black history. I'll update this page as the month progresses with links to articles, historians, writers etc which contribute to getting Britain's black history out in the public domain. Melissa Bennett,... Continue Reading →
On the 30th anniversary of Black History Month, Patrick Vernon talks about why he’s relaunching the campaign and explains how to nominate via 100 Great Black Britons relaunches for 2017 — Media Diversified
Black History Month in the United Kingdom runs during October. The 'official' website for the Month has information about the thousands of events planned across the UK. The 'features' tab of the website has many articles about aspects of black history, and opinion pieces. Click here for the Black History Month site. I also noticed... Continue Reading →