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“Writing the History of Women in the Middle Passage: Gender, Slavery, and the Archive Problem” Talk by Jennifer Morgan

When Feb 09, 2017
from 03:30 PM to 05:30 PM
Where 118 Willard Building
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Jennifer L. Morgan, Professor of History in the department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University  

                                               

Jennifer MorganNew scholarship on the trans-Atlantic slave trade sheds important light on its History.  We now know many details about how many people were captured and transported, the number of voyages engaged in by different European nations, the mortality rates aboard ships, the numbers of revolts and uprisings during the passage, and the places that enslaved people were both captured and sold.  Still, there is much we do not know about what the Middle Passage entailed for the women, men, and children who endured it.  This talk argues that new methods are required in order to unearth the experiences of the trans-Atlantic slave trade—methods both rooted in the discipline of History, but also those that draw on feminist and cultural analysis.  I also argue here that by centering the particularly difficult to access experiences of women and children, we draw closer to understanding the slave trade for all captives.

Jennifer L. Morgan is Professor of History in the department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University where she also serves as Chair.  She is the author of Laboring Women: Gender and Reproduction in the Making of New World Slavery (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004).  Her research examines the intersections of gender and race in in the Black Atlantic world.  She is currently at work on a project that considers colonial numeracy, racism and the rise of the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade tentatively entitled Accounting for the Women in Slavery.

Co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Richards Civil War Era Center.

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