Photos from Adapting to New Atlantic Worlds Symposium

Adapting to New Atlantic Worlds: Patterns in the Origins and Experiences of Enslaved and Free Africans Symposium at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of African Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa, May 1-3, 2013

This symposium focused on the patterns of coerced and voluntary migration shaping the distribution of Africans in the Atlantic world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This included analysis of the origins and identities of enslaved Africans forcibly relocated to destinations in Brazil, Cuba and Sierra Leone through the actions of slave traders, as well as abolitionists attempting to stem the outward flow of Africans in the Atlantic slave trade in the early nineteenth century. The symposium examined the impact of slave trade suppression policies on the forced relocation of Liberated Africans to Brazil, Cuba and Sierra Leone after 1808. Kru labor migration was an outgrowth of the Liberated African settlement, tied to the labor needs of Sierra Leone and the emerging diaspora that developed as Liberated Africans moved around the Atlantic world.


CHAIR: José Curto, York University

  1. Carlos da Silva, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull, “Ports of Bight of Benin and the Legal Slave Trade to Bahia, Brazil, 1750-1815”
  2. Nielson Bezerra, Banting Fellow, York University, “Brazil and Sierra Leone: a perspective on Liberated African in Rio de Janeiro, 19th Century”
  3. Katrina Keefer, Ph.D candidate, York University, “Identity Inscribed upon the Skin: Scarification as a Means of Establishing Origins in the Slave Trade”

DISCUSSANT: Paul E. Lovejoy, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of History, York University, and Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History


CHAIR: Nielson Bezerra, Banting Fellow, York University

  1. Paul E. Lovejoy, York University, “Diplomacy in the Heart of Africa. British-Sokoto Negotiations over the Abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade”.
  2. Suzanne Schwarz, University of Worcester, “Negotiating and Defining Freedom: Liberated Africans in Sierra Leone, c. 1808-1819”
  3. Myles Ali, Ph.D candidate, York University, “Narratives of Flight: The Sierra Leone Escaped Slave Registry and the Treatment of Slaves, 1885-1894”
  4. Jeffrey Gunn, Ph.D candidate, York University, “Rethinking the Development of Global Capitalism: Tracing the Kru Diaspora from Eighteenth Century Wage Labourers in British West African Workplaces to Nineteenth Century Labourers in the Americas”

DISCUSSANT: Martin Klein, University of Toronto

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