Former Workshops

The Race and Slavery in the Atlantic World to 1900 Working Group has been pleased to facilitate the following workshops in the past (please note that presenter’s institutional affilations and/or ranks are listed as they were at the time of their presentation):

2014-2015 Academic Year

Richard Anderson, PhD Candidate, History Department, “The Making of the Aku: Ethnicity in Sierra Leone’s Yoruba Diaspora.”

Jane Landers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History, Vanderbilt University, “Revisiting the First Recorded Slave Revolt in the Americas: 1521, Española.”

Caitlin Fitz, Assistant Professor, History Department, Northwestern University, “Slavery and Antislavery in an Age of American Revolutions: The United States and Spanish American Emancipation.”

Sarah Bowman, PhD Candidate, History Department, “The Color Line Across the Line: The Southern ‘Race Problem’ and White Southern Visions of Race in the North.”

Anne Eller, Assistant Professor, History Department, “Rumors of Slavery: Dominican Independence in a Hostile Caribbean.”

David Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of History, “By the Rivers of Babylon: Frederick Douglass and the Old Testament.” 

Anne Ruderman PhD Candidate, History Department, “Slave Ship Cargoes and the Small Movements of Histoire Immobile.” 

Trevor Burnard, Professor and Head of School, University of Melbourne, “Edward Long’s Vision of Jamaica, the Lessons of Saint-Domingue and the Virtues of a Planned Society in the History of Jamaica.”

Justin Pope, JCB and the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice Joint Fellow, “Before the Age of Revolution:  Rumor and Rebellion in the British Black Atlantic, 1729-1746.”

James Shinn, Graduate Student, History Department, “The Continuing Problem of Slavery: American Abolitionists and the Post-Civil War Caribbean.”

Joanne Freeman, Professor, History Department and American Studies, “Rules of Order and the Rule of Force: The Gag Rule Debate (1836-44).”

Edward Rugemer, Associate Professor, Departments of History and African American Studies, “Indians, Slaves, and the Law in Colonial South Carolina.”

2015-2016 Academic Year

Alice Baumgartner, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, “Rethinking Abolition in Mexico.”

Richard Blackett, Andrew Jackson Professor of History, Vanderbilt University, “New York’s Response to the Fugitive Slave Law.”

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Associate Professor, Departments of History and Black American Studies, University of Delaware, “Running From the Washingtons: Ona Judge Staines in the Granite State.”

Aldair Rodrigues, Postdoctoral Fellow, Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies, “The Transatlantic Slave Trade, Ethnicity, and Ethnonyms: Southeastern Brazil and the West African Coast during the 18th Century.”

Noel Lenski, Professor, Departments of History and Classics, “The Captive Monk: An Ancient Slave Narrative in Modern Perspective.”

Heather Vermeulen, Ph.D. Candidate, Departments of American Studies and African American Studies, “Ecologies of the Plantation Grotesque: From Thistlewood’s Libidinal Linnaean Project towards a Decolonizing Natural History.”

Brandi Waters, Ph.D. Student, Yale University, ”Enslaved Suicides in 18th Century Columbia.”

Brett Rushforth, Kohlhagen Term Distinguished Associate Professor of History, College of William and Mary: “Burning St. Pierre: Legal Pluralism and State Power in an Eighteenth-Century Slave Conspiracy.” 

Tyler Rogers, Ph.D. Candidate, Yale University: ”Indigenous Women on Trial: Transformations of Indian Slavery in Colonial New England.”

Lynn Lyerly, Associate Professor of History, Boston College: ”Dixon on Race and Reconstruction in the 1890s.”

Edward Ball, Author of Slaves in the Family: “A Klansman in Louisiana.”

Hazel Carby, Professor of African American Studies and American Studies, Yale University: “Imperial Intimacies.”

2016-2017 Academic Year

Dannelle Gutarra Cordero, Lecturer, Princeton University.  “The Role of Emotions and Eighteenth-Century Thought in the Power Relations of Toussaint Louverture’s Captivity at Fort de Joux.”

William Rankin, Assistant Professor of the History of Science, Yale University ”Mapping the Spread and Style of Enslavement, 1790-1860.”

Bradley Proctor, Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, Yale University: “ ‘Murdered by Unknown Parties Evidently the Ku Klux’: The Victims of Klan Violence.”

Hazel Carby, Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies and American Studies at Yale: “Extracts from Imperial Intimacies.

Danielle Bainbridge, Ph.D. Candidate in the Departments of African American Studies and American Studies at Yale University: “Alternative Ledgers of Slave Labor in 19th-Century Freak Show Performance.”

Celso Castilho, Assistant Professor of History at Vanderbilt University: “Slavery is not an issue of concern in the press’: A Brazilian Adaptation of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Literary Turn in the Slavery Debates.”

Raquel Otheguy, Adjunct Instructor, Quinnipiac University: “From the Rifle to the Chalk: Militamen Turned Teachers, and Resistance to Racial Control in Mid Nineteenth-Century Cuba.”

Crystal Feimster, Associate Professor, Yale University: “Rape and Mutiny in Civil War Louisiana.”

Alex Borucki, Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine: “Slaves, Silver, and Atlantic Empires: The Slave Trade to Spanish South America, 1660-1810.”

Connor Williams, Ph.D. Student, Yale University: “ ‘Until Haiti Spoke’: Discourses of Diaspora, Self-Sovereignty, and Equality in Frederick Douglass’ 1893 Columbian Exposition Addresses.”

Henrique Espada Professor, Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil: “A History of a Different Future: The End of Slavery and Slaves’ Expectations of Rights in Brazil (1870s and 1880s).”

2017-2018 Academic Year

Jared Lucky, Ph.D. Student in History, Yale University: “Las Casas and the British Abolitionists.”

Khary Polk, Assistant Professor of Black Studies and Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies, Amherst College: “Negro Heroines: Gender, Race, and Immunity in the Spanish-Cuban-American War.”

Marcela Echeverri, Assistant Professor of History, Yale University: “Slavery and Antislavery in Gran Colombia.”

Marisa Fuentes, Presidential Term Chair in African American History, Rutgers University: “Refuse Bodies, Disposable Lives: The Status of ‘Human’ in the Atlantic Slave Trade.”

Nancy E. van Deusen, Professor of History, Queen’s University: ”In the ‘Tethered Shadow’: Native American Bondage as a Preamble to African Slavery.”

Anne Eller, Assistant Professor of History, Yale University: “Dominica’s Salvation: Colonial Policy, Taxes, and the Debate of the Future of Small Islands after Slavery.”

Vincent Brown, Charles Warren Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University: “The Atlantic Odyssey of an African Insurrection.”

Martha Jones, Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University: “Aboard the Constitution: Black Sailors and Citizenship at Sea.”

Anne Ruderman, Prize Fellow, Center for History and Economics, Harvard University: “Polony and Gauvain, a Conversation on the African Coast.”

Jeffrey Needell, Professor of History and Latin American Studies, University of Florida: “Afro-Brazilian Mobilization in Rio’s Abolitionist Movement: The Historiography, the Issues, and New Findings and Interpretations.”

Danya Pilgrim, Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies and African American Studies, Yale University: “Taste and Race: Philadelphia’s Black Caterers.”

Patrick Barker, Ph.D. Student in History, Yale University: “Slavery, Poison, and the Politics of Healing in Colonial South Carolina.”

2018-2019 Academic Year

Bennett Parten, Ph.D. Student in History, Yale University: “Blow Ye Trumpet, Blow:” The Idea of Jubilee in Slavery and Freedom.”

Stuart Schwartz, George Burton Adams Professor of History and Chair, Council of Latin American and Iberian Studies, Yale University: “Calamity, Slavery, Community, and Revolution.”

Marcela Echeverri, Assistant Professor of History, Yale University: “The Politics of Pacific Anti-Abolition.”

Bianca Dang, Ph.D. Student in History and African American Studies, Yale University: “Gender, Race, and the Haytian Emigration Bureau [sic] from 1862-1864.”

Connor Williams, Ph.D. Student in History and African American Studies, Yale University: ”A Race on the Frontier: African American Lives, Labors, and Communities in Northern California, 1850-1915.”

Ned Blackhawk, Professor of History and American Studies, Yale University: “Indigenous Slavery in the Seventeenth-Century Native Northeast.”

Sergei Antonov, Assistant Professor of History, Yale University: “Killing the Master: Serf Resistance and the Law in Russia, 1840-1861.”

Roquinaldo Ferreira, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania: “The Interlocking Networks of the Illegal Slave Trade.”

Julia Gaffield, Assistant Professor of History, Georgia State University: “International Law and The Racialization of Sovereignty in the Aftermath of the Haitian Revolution.”

Camille Owens, Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies and African American Studies, Yale University: “Notes on Phillis Wheatley: American Grammars of the Child and the Pedagogy of Prodigy.”

Dexter Gabriel, Assistant Professor in History and Faculty Affiliate to the Africana Studies Institute, University of Connecticut: “ ‘And Will Drench America in Blood:’ Fear, Riot, and Anti-Abolitionism on the Eve of British Abolition.”

Melanie Newton, Associate Professor of History, University of Toronto: ”Indigeneity, Sexuality and Gender in the Early Colonial Caribbean.”

2019-2020 Academic Year

Rana Hogarth, Assistant Professor of History, University of Illinois, Urbana: “Deliberate Acts and Desperate Measures: (Mis)Perceptions of Dirt Eating on Jamaican Plantations.”

Peter Hudson, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and History, UCLA: “Saint-Domingue and the African Origins of Racial Capitalism.”

Kristen Block, Associate Professor of History, University of Tennesee, Knoxville: ”The Emotional and Spiritual Context of Leprosy Diagnosis in French Caribbean Slave Societies.”

Carolyn Roberts, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and History of Science & History of Medicine, Yale University:  “Doctoring Chaos: Slavery and Medicine in the West African Slave Trading Zones.”

James Shinn, Ph.D. Candidate in History, Yale University:  “Lavinia’s Worlds: Slavery, Movement, and Identity in the Nineteenth-Century Greater Caribbean.”

Laura Barraclough, Associate Professor of American Studies, Yale University: ”Mobilizing Spanish Colonialism in the Name of American Multiculturalism on the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.”

Liana DeMarco, Ph.D. Candidate in the History of Science and Medicine, Yale University: “The Birth Control: Medicine, Biopolitics, and Slvaery in Spanish New Orleans.”

Jim Downs, Professor of History and Director of the American Studies Program, Connecticut College: “Crowded Places: The Roots of Fresh Air.”

Catherine Tourangeau, Ph.D. Candidate in History, Yale University: “ ‘Moral Steam-Engines’: Voluntary Associations and the Brtisih Movement to Abolish the Slave Trade.”

Nazera Wright, Professor of English and African American and Africana Studies, University of Kentucky: “Black Girl Graduates and Haunted Libraries.” 

2020-2021 Academic Year

Yesenia Barragan, Assistant Professor of Latin American History at Rutgers University:  ”Trafficking Children: The Free Womb Trade and Market Geographies in Colombia.” 

Philippe Halbert, Ph.D. Candidate in the History of Art: ”About Face: Body Politics, Creole Identities, and Slavery in French Colonial New Orleans.”

Kathleen Monteith, Professor of Caribbean History, at The University of the West Indies, Mona: ”Free Mixed Race Women of African and British Ancestry in Early Nineteenth-Century Plantation Jamaica: A Case Study of Frances King (1767-1838).” 

Bianca Dang, Ph.D. Candidate in History and African American Studies, Yale University:  “ ‘This country is exceedingly fertile’: African American Emigration, Gendered Land Claims, and Visions of Rural Autonomy in Haiti, 1824-1880.”  

Edward Rugemer, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies, Yale University: “Becoming a Master of Slaves: a Scotsman in eighteenth-century Jamaica.”

Shanna Jean-Baptiste, Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers University: “ ‘Sé pa lesklavaj?’: The U.S. Modernizing Mission, Colonial Violence, and Modern Torture in Stephen Alexis’ Le Négre masqué.”

Patrick BarkerPh.D. Candidate in History, Yale University: ”’He Had Nothing to Eat’; Hunger and Resistant Foodways in Late-Slavery Rural Trinidad.”

Alycia Hall, Ph.D. Candidate in History and African American Studies, Yale University:  “Market Places, Provision Grounds, and Back Roads: Maroons and Enslaved Peoples interactions before and during the Second Maroon War.”

2021-2022 Academic Year

Geneva Smith, Ph.D. Candidate in History Princeton University and first-year at Yale Law School: “Brokering in Flesh: Slave Court Evaluations, Compensatiios, and the Bounds of Mastery.”

Catherine Peters, Postdoctoral Associate, Program in Agrarian Studies, Yale University:Against Productivity: Afro-Guyanese Collectives, Water Knowledge, and Kin-Making, 1834–1856.”

Teanu Reid, Ph.D. Candidate in African American Studies and History, Yale University:Paying by the Hundreds and Thousands: Sugar Money in Barbados, 1640-1713.” 
Doyle Calhoun, Ph.D. Candidate in French, Yale University:
“Silenced Histories: Suicide and Slavery in the French Atlantic.” 
Kathryn Lofton, Professor of Religious Studies & American Studies, Yale University:
“Suspicion Rests Upon: Resisting Lynching Narratives.” 
Dr. Scott Cave, Independent PARES Guide:
Workshop: “Taming PARES: A Special Event on Navigating Digital Spanish Archives.” 
Randy Browne, Associate Professor of History, Xavier University:
“Leadership and Organization in Caribbean Slave Revolts: Enslaved Drivers and African ‘Nations’ in the Berbice Conspiracy of 1814.”