Tubman Talks 2015/2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016, 2:30- 4:00 pm [314 York Lanes]
The Politics, Economics & Social Justice Cluster presents, “The African Presence and the Nation-Immigration Dialectic in Canada: Exploring the Intersections of Identity, Culture, and Belonging
Dr. Joseph Mensah, Professor of Geography, York University

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 2:30 – 4:00 pm [314 York Lanes]

“You must know that some ugly things happen[ed]”: Black Women Teachers and the Limited Spaces of Women’s Liberation, 1960-1980s
Funke Aladejebi, PhD Candidate, Department of History, York University

“Die Pig, Die”: Police Brutality and the Ice T Cop Killer Controversy In the Wake of the L.A. Riots, 1991-1992
Francesca D’Amico, PhD Candidate, Department of History, York University

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 2:30- 4:00 pm [314 York Lanes]
Health & Science
Deborah Neill, Associate Professor, History

Monday, November 2, 2015, 2:30-4:00 [S 701 Ross – TBC]
Socio-Legal Studies/ Tubman Talks/ Gender and Sexuality;
Reading testimonies of abduction and forced marriage across time and place
Annie Bunting, Associate Professor

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 2:30 – 4:00pm [626 Kaneff Tower]
Politics, Economics & Social Justice
Co-sponsored with the Centre for Feminist Research
Caroline S. Hossein, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Business and Society

Tuesday October 13, 2015, 2:30 – 6:00pm [519 Kaneff Towers]
Morant Bay Rebellion
Keynote Speaker: Swithin Wilmot, Department of History, University of the West Indies, Mona

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 2:30 – 4:00pm [314 York Lanes]
Colonial Encounters: Liberated Labourers and Economic Expansion in Colonial Angola, c. 1845 – 1878
José C. Curto, Associate Professor, Department of History York University

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 4:30 – 6:30 [HTI Resource room]
Tubman Open House

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 2:30pm – 4:00pm [314 York Lanes]
African Experiences in Historical Perspective
Graduate students; Myles Ali and Tracy Lopes

Tracy Lopes, Ph D Candidate, Department of History, York University

“A Look at Some of the Sources on the Prison in the Arquivo Nacional de Angola

Abstract: Angola was a penal colony, and convicts from Portugal and parts of the Portuguese empire were confined in Luanda’s Depósito Geral dos Degredados between 1876, when it was first established, until it closed in 1932. Although there has been scholarly work on the depósito, particularly by Timothy J. Coates and Anabela Cunha, there were several places in Luanda where criminals and those awaiting punishment were confined, including fortresses and the cadeia (jail). The Arquivo Nacional de Angola in particular, has a number of sources that offer insight into imprisonment, including medical reports, prison lists, and letters from colonial officials. This presentation explores these sources and how they can be used to write a history of the prison. It also discusses their limitations, and some of the questions they raise for future studies.

Myles Ali, Ph D Candidate, Department of History, York University

“Uncovering the Lives of the Enslaved in Colonial Records: Preliminary Findings From Sierra Leone in the 19th Century”

Abstract: This presentation focuses on select materials from colonial documents evidencing slavery in Sierra Leone in the mid to late 19th century. Using examples from both the Sierra Leone Public Archives in Freetown and The National Archives in London, I measure the utility and the limits of this corpus of materials in reconstructing the lives of enslaved individuals in this British colony. I will ultimately ponder what these sources can tell us about the meanings of slavery in Sierra Leone and what further research is needed to learn more.

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 2:30pm – 4:00pm [Harriet Tubman Centre, 3rd Fl.]    314 York Lanes, York University
Adaptation in the Aftermath of Slavery:  Women, Property and Trade in Sierra Leone, c. 1790-1815
by Suzanne Schwarz,  University of Worcester and
Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull

The colony of Sierra Leone provides an exceptionally rich and distinctive context in which to examine how women of African origin and descent adapted to new economic circumstances in a post-slavery society. Resident in the colony in the first decade of the nineteenth century were Jamaican Maroons, women with first-hand experiences of American slave systems, as well as recaptive African girls and women released by Royal Navy patrols. For many of the women resettled in Sierra Leone, the colony presented new opportunities for economic diversification. Women developed multiple roles which adapted skills from their cultures of origins, as well as from the Americas. Entrepreneurial women and female petty traders were central to the emergence of Freetown as an ‘emporium of commerce’, and investment strategies by Nova Scotian settlers and Jamaican Maroons included the acquisition of male and female apprentices from among the newly-arrived recaptives. As a result, Sierra Leone emerged as an important site of discourse about the economic roles of women in the aftermath of slavery.

Suzanne Schwarz is Professor History at the University of Worcester, and an Honorary Research Fellow of the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull. Her recent publications include Slavery, Abolition and the Transition to Colonialism in Sierra Leone (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2015) co-edited with Paul E. Lovejoy, and an article on ‘Ransoming Practices and “Barbary Coast” Slavery’ in African Economic History (vol. 42, 2014) . She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of Council of the Hakluyt Society, and Committee Secretary of Fontes Historiae Africanae, a British Academy project. She acted as an external consultant for the development of the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool in 2007.

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