[Hum_Calendar_Events] Conference Announcement: Excavating the Past: Archaeological Perspectives on Black Atlantic Regional Networks, April 3-4
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Excavating the Past: Archaeological Perspectives on Black Atlantic Regional Networks
Friday, April 3 - Saturday, April 4, 2009
In William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
A conference at the Clark Library organized by Andrew Apter, UCLA, and Patrick A. Polk, UCLA.
Co-sponsored by the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, the Mellon Transforming the Humanities Grant, and the James S. Coleman African Studies Center.
The UCLA Mellon Seminar in Black Atlantic Studies explores an emerging paradigm shift in African Diaspora scholarship. Inspired by Paul Gilroy's innovative work in black cultural studies, the shift can be described as one from "roots" to "routes," recasting Africa from a "baseline" to a "circuit" predicated on ethnic mixing and hybrid forms from the inception of the triangle trade. If European ports and capitals, Caribbean plantations, American shipyards and African cities became co-equal sites in an emerging trans-Atlantic field, so trade-union politics, plural societies, Pan-African movements and expressive musical and ritual hybrids developed as hallmarks of a distinctive "counter-modernity."
Excavating the Past, a two-day conference in honor of UCLA emeritus professor Merrick Posnansky, will bring together a select group of leading archaeologists and historians of the Black Atlantic, most trained by Posnansky himself. Beyond recognizing Merrick's contribution to the archaeology of Africa and the Americas, our aim is to develop a better understanding of how archaeological sites in Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States provide "grounds" for hypothesizing the presence and impact of regional symbolic systems and/or social networks. Particular emphasis will be placed on the development of Creole societies during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries) in relation to West-Central Africa and Europe.
Registration Deadline: March 26, 2009
Registration Fees: $25 per person; UC faculty & staff, students with ID: no charge*
*Students should enclose a photocopy of their current ID with the registration form.
Fees are not refundable and apply to full or partial attendance.
To register, please visit:
Please be aware that space at the Clark is limited and that registration closes when capacity is reached. No confirmation will be sent, but we will contact you if we receive your registration after we reach capacity.
Friday, April 3:
9.30 A.M. Morning Coffee
10.00 A.M. Welcome and Introduction
Candice Goucher, Washington State University, Vancouver
Memory of Iron: Forging Black Atlantic History
Alexis B.A. Adandé, Université d'Abomey-Calavi
Benin and the United States: Eighteen Years of Collaborative Archaeology
Philip L. de Barros, Palomar College
How Far Inland Did the Arm of the Slave Trade Reach? Evidence from the Bassar Region of Northern Togo
12.30 P.M. Lunch
1.30 P.M. J. Cameron Monroe, University of California, Santa Cruz
"In the belly of Dan": Landscape, Power, and Urban Transformation in Precolonial Dahomey
Akin Ogundiran, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Inventing Symbols, Constructing Self, Reproducing Community: On the Materiality of Culture in the Mid-Atlantic Age Yorubaland
François G. Richard, University of Chicago
Of Despotic Kings and Powerless Peasants? (Dis)Ambiguating Power in Siin (Senegal) during the Atlantic Era
4.00 P.M. Keynote Address
Christopher R. DeCorse, Syracuse University
West Africa after the Europeans: Change and Transformation in the Era of the Atlantic World
5.00 P.M. Reception
Saturday, April 4:
9.30 A.M. Morning Coffee
10.00 A.M. Kenneth G. Kelly, University of South Carolina
Atlantic Networks in the African Diaspora: Archaeological Research in French West Africa and the French West Indies
E. Kofi Agorsah, Portland State University
Formation and Transformation of Maroon Settlements in Suriname: Archaeological Strategies
Peter R. Schmidt, University of Florida
Archaeological Signatures for Spiritual Agency among Africans in the New World: The Pitfalls of Grab-bag Ethnology
12.30 P.M. Lunch
1.30 P.M. Laurie A. Wilkie, University of California, Berkeley
American-Africans and African-Americans in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century and the Construction of Diaspora Identities
Douglas Armstrong, Syracuse University
Freedom on the Margins: Archaeological Explorations of Free Black Settlements in the Danish West Indies
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