2007 Conference: Beyond Slavery in the Iberian Atlantic

Conference organised by the Rethinking the Iberian Atlantic project and the Centre for the Study of International Slavery (CSIS). The CSIS is a partnership between the University of Liverpool and National Museums Liverpool.

Conference information

Conference programme

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Thursday 13 September 2007

12:00 - 14:00 Welcome, Registration & Sandwich Lunch
14:00 - 15:00
Opening Keynote

Walter Mignolo (Duke):
Dispensable Lives in the Atlantic World: Enslaved Africans, Indigenous Genocide and the European Holocaust

15:15 - 16:15
Session 1: Challenging Paradigms in Atlantic Studies:
Beyond the Sugar Economy in 19C and early 20C Cuba

Benita Sampedro Vizcaya (Hofstra University):
Taking the Transatlantic Turn (in Rethinking Colonial Latin American Studies)

Evelyn Jennings (Saint Lawrence):
Circuits of Labor in mid-Nineteenth Century Cuba and the Paradigms of Atlantic and Slavery Studies

16:15 - 16:45 Refreshments
16:45 - 17:45
Session 2: The Many Faces of ‘Slavery’:
Labour and Migration in 19C and early 20C Cuba

Christopher Paetzold:
Spanish Immigrants and the End of Slavery in Cuba: the Social and Political Construction of Cuba, 1886-1930

Margaret Brehony (NUI Galway):
"Paddy on the Railroad" Irish railroad workers in Cuba 1835 - 1844

18:00 - 19:00
Public Keynote

James Sweet (Wisconsin):
Beyond Slavery: Africanising Iberian Atlantic History

19:30 - 20:30 Reception

Friday 14 September 2007 

8:00 - 9:00 Tea and Coffee
9:00 - 10:00
Session 3: Circuits of the Trade:
Portugal and Cabo Verde in the 16C and 17C

F. Ribeiro da Silva (Leiden):
The Portuguese slave trade circuits in the "Iberian Atlantic" (1580-1640)

Tobias Green (Birmingham):
The Slave Trade and Hegemony in Cabo Verde, 16th-17th Centuries

10:15 - 11:15
Session 4: Agency and the Historical Record

Omar H. Ali (Towson):
Muslim Africans in the Iberian Atlantic, 1521-1888

Bob Goodwin:
Esteban Dorantes

11:15 - 11:45 Refreshments
11:45 - 13:15
Session 5: Beyond Slavery in Post-Colonial Culture and Literature, Part 1

Lisa Surwillo (Stanford):
Basque Slave Traders and their Atlantic in the Novels of Pio Baroja

Kirsty Hooper (Liverpool):
Transatlantic Interpretations of Spain?s Colonial Legacy: Eva Canel and Blanca de los Rios

Luis Perez-Simon (Paris IV - Sorbonne):
Of blackamoors and blackouts: From Slavery to Marginality in 20th Century Cuban Literature

13:15 - 15:00 Lunch Buffet
15:00 - 16:00
Session 6: Beyond Slavery in Post-Colonial Culture and Literature, Part 2

Anne-Marie Pouchet (Ohio State):
The new slave: the plight of the immigrant in Fatima de los Naufragios(1998) by Lourdes Ortiz

Tom Harrington (Trinity, Dublin):
Gaieta Buigas i Monrava: Shaper of Public Space in Barcelona and Montevideo
16:15 - 17:15
Session 7: Hybridity and Agency:
Labour and Migration in 19C and early 20C Iberian West Africa

Gerhard Seibert (IICT, Lisbon):
Beyond slavery in Cape Verde and Sao Tome e Principe. A comparison of two African Creole societies

David Aworawo (Lagos):
The Fernandinos: Slavery, Migration and Social transformation in Spanish Guinea up to 1967

17:15 - 17:45 Refreshments
17:45 - 18:45

Professor Francisco Bethencourt (King's College London):
The different impact of the slave trade on Africa, Brazil and Spanish America

19:00 - 22:30 Conference Dinner

Saturday 15 September 2007

8:00 - 9:00 Tea and Coffee
9:00 - 10:00
Session 8: Theologies of Slavery

Damian Costello:
Theological Hermeneutics and the Growth of African Slavery in Early Colonial Latin America

Andrew Redden (Bristol):
The Problem of Witchcraft, Slavery and Jesuits in Seventeenth-Century New Granada
10:15 - 11:15
Session 9: Looking Beyond Slavery in the Americas:
Marronage, Race, and Freedom

Linda M. Rupert (UNC Greensboro):
Maritime Marronage, Imperial Rivalries, and Freedom in the Circum-Caribbean, 1680-1790

Gabriel Paquette (Trinity, Cambridge):
Slavery, Abolition and European Immigration in Jose da Silva Lisboa`s Political and Economic Thought (c. 1800-1830)
11:15 - 11:45 Refreshments
11:45 - 12:45
Session 10: Looking Beyond Slavery in Europe:
Manumission, Race, and Abolition

Jose Lingna Nafafe (Birmingham):
Abolitionist Movements in the Portuguese Kingdom and Europe 17th Century: Lourenco Mendoca da Silva, Race, Identity and Difference

Baltasar Fra-Molinero & Sue E. Houchins (Bates College, Maine):  
From Golden Child to Bride of Christ: The Experience of an African Nun in Eighteenth-Century Spain

12:45 - 14:30 Lunch Buffet
14:30 - 16:00
Session 11: Imaginary Islands

Claire Williams (Liverpool):
Re-branding Paradise: The Reinvention of Sao Tome and Principe

Raquel Ribeiro (Liverpool):
Imaginary islands and migrant figures - a comparison between Jose Saramago`s Iberian Atlantic and Maria Gabriela Llansol`s European Edenic Space

Carmen Ramos Villar (Sheffield):
When an Island has consciousness: self-imagining in A Ilha Decima by Maria Luisa Soares
16:00 - 16:30
Closing discussion