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AW Welcomes Prof. Lisa Lindsay for Fall 2013 Lecture Series

On Thursday, October 24, 2013 the Atlantic Program hosted Dr. Lisa Lindsay as our fall 2013 lecture series speaker. Professor Lindsay shared research on her latest project titled, “Remembering His Country Marks: A Family History in Africa and America,” which is an Atlantic-oriented biography of South Carolina freedman, James Churchwill Vaughn. Tracing the connections that Vaughn and his family members made between the U.S. South and West Africa beginning in the 19thc, Lindsay’s lecture highlighted the ways in which reconstructing family histories offers a useful means of understanding how the movements of people and kinship ties form an important part of the history of the Atlantic World.


AW Fall lecture series begins Oct. 24th with Dr. Lisa A. Lindsay

The Atlantic World Program in the Department of History is pleased to present its fall lecture series speaker, Professor Lisa A. Lindsay, Associate Professor of History at UNC-Chapel Hill. Professor Lindsay will deliver a talk titled “Remembering His Country Marks: A Family History in Africa and America,” on Thursday October 24 at 5:30pm in Brewster C103.

Professor Lindsay’s research centers on the social history of West Africa and on links between Africa and the Atlantic World. She is the author of two books, Working With Gender, which examines gender and wage labor in Nigeria and Captives as Commodities, which offers a general history of the transatlantic slave trade. Her talk will focus on her current research, a contextualized biography of a South Carolina freedman who in the 1850s migrated to modern-day Nigeria, making trans-Atlantic connections that his descendants and their American relatives maintain to this day.

For more information, please contact Dr. Kennetta Perry (

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The Atlantic World Program is excited to co-sponsor the upcoming fall 2013 meeting of the Southeastern Regional Seminar in African Studies (SERSAS) which will be held at East Carolina University on September 27-28, 2013. The conference will provide an opportunity for faculty, students and the wider public to share scholarship and exchange ideas around the broad theme of Africa’s place in the burgeoning field of Atlantic World History. To learn more about the conference and to access the full conference program please click here.

For more information about the conference please contact Dr. Ken Wilburn at

AW Speaker Series welcomes Dorothy Redford

The AW Speaker Series is very pleased to welcome

Dorothy Redford, Former Site Manager, Somerset Place State Historic Site

 Ms. Redford will discuss “Somerset Plantation and Its Import for Atlantic

World Research and Other Studies.”

 Ms. Redford is the author of Somerset Homecoming: Recovering a Lost Heritage, and Generations of Somerset Place: From Slavery to Freedom. She is also the recipient of numerous honors including an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from East Carolina University.

This talk is free and open to the public.  Join us:

April 24, 2013, at 4:00pm in Bate 1006

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Check it out: a Webinar of interest to all AW researchers on 18 April

Dear AW graduate students, AW colleagues, and friends of the AW Program: Please consider participating in the following “Webinar,” which will be of special interest to our Department’s graduate students for methodological reasons, among others! Note that Prof. Laurent Dubois, our program’s keynote speaker this Fall, is one of three eminent specialists in imperial history to be participating in the event. Happy viewing!


Dear H-France Subscribers:

A reminder that H-France’s spring webinar is scheduled for 18 April 2013 at 4:00 e.t.. Designed particularly for graduate students, the seminar is open to anyone.

The topic for the spring webinar is “Writing the History of Empire: Past Approaches, New Perspectives.” Eric Jennings, University of Toronto, will lead the seminar, and he will be joined by Alice Conklin, The Ohio State University, and Laurent Dubois, Duke University.

Charles Walton, Yale University, will serve as moderator of the webinar.

The readings for the seminar and questions to consider related to the readings are listed below.

We certainly would encourage you to include the webinar in any appropriate graduate course that you may be teaching and recommend it to your graduate students and to your colleagues.
Information will be forthcoming as to the procedures to sign into the webinar.

Best Wishes,
David K. Smith
H-France Editor-in-Chief

Webinar Reading List:

The readings below marked with an * may be obtained freely from the following web site:
User Name: H-France2
Password: Cityoflights

Gregory Mann, “What was the Indigénat? The Empire of Law in French West Africa” Journal of African History 50 (2009): 331-353.

Clifford Rosenberg, “”The International Politics of Vaccine Testing in Interwar Algiers,” The American Historical Review 117, no. 3 (June 2012): 671-97.

*Alice Conklin, “Boundaries Unbound: Teaching French History as Colonial History, and Colonial History as French History,” Forum, French Historical Studies 23: 2 (Spring 2000), 215-238.

The Chapter “Caribbean France” in Laurent Dubois’ Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France (University of California Press, 2010).

*Laurent Dubois’ syllabus for his “Global France” course.

*Laurent Dubois’ blog.

Webinar Questions:

For discussion of the assigned materials, participants should consider the following broad categories: a) experimentation in the colonies b) national identity and the colonies, or the colonies as imperial nation state c) the question of law and practice d) recent historiographical trends and the boundaries and synergies between French colonial history and other colonial histories and/or area studies.

More specifically, we would like to raise the following questions:

What are the strengths of the different approaches taken by Conklin and Dubois in their syllabi, one on teaching “French history as colonial history,” the other on “Global France”? How do the differences (one developed in the late 1990s, the other a decade later, reflect shifts in the historiography of France’s empire over the past ten years?

Mann argues that the indigénat “enabled the fiction that institutions and procedures prevailed over individuals and practices” (p. 352). He also uses the term “alibi” to describe the indigénat. In what ways are “fiction” and “alibi” useful terms of analysis for understanding colonial violence in West Africa under French rule?

How can we best use colonial sources to write a social history of empire? Is that what Mann is attempting to do?

In Soccer Empire, Dubois attempts to use the history of soccer to examine the history of empire. To what extent does a cultural object like sport allow us to see aspects of colonial and post-colonial history that other approaches do not?

According to Rosenberg and Mann, what are some of the ways that the French colonial state practiced a form of government grounded in difference and coercion while maintaining a republican rhetoric of assimilation and eventual inclusion? Are Mann and Rosenberg’s conclusions about the effects of colonial governance on colonizer and colonized, based on very different case studies, complementary?

How does Rosenberg’s triangular framing of Algeria, France, and Geneva in his study of vaccine testing in Algiers offer a new way of thinking about “colonial” histories, especially the concept of “colonial laboratory”?

AW Program proud to sponsor Prof. Daniel Richter’s lecture at the Nooherooka 300th Commemoration

The Atlantic World History program is proud to have co-sponsored Prof. Daniel Richter’s lecture, “The Tuscarora War: Trade, Land, and Power” on March 21, 2013. Daniel K. Richter is the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Richard S. Dunn Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.

Both a Brewster Lecturer and a Voyages of Discovery Lecturer, Dr. Richter’s remarks kicked off the Nooherooka 300th Commemoration. For more information on this exciting conference please click here.

Prof. Richter spoke to the Atlantic World History Seminar on Thursday, March 21.

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An opportunity: International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History!

For all AW majors and other History and Maritime majors:
The following international conference presents an excellent opportunity to, among other advantages: (1) force yourself to finish a chapter with a deadline in view (!); (2) get feedback on your work from fellow grad students working on similar projects; (3) find out how your work fits within other international research trends in the field; (4) hear 2 of the leaders in the field of AW history speak.
Apply! The abstract deadline is June 1.
As always, all of us AW faculty are happy to help you with this and all of your other AW-related projects.
Fourteenth Annual International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History, University of Texas at Arlington

Date of Conference: October 25-26, 2013
Deadline for Abstract Submissions: June 1, 2013

Keynote Speakers:
Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, University of Texas at Austin
Ann Laura Stoler, The New School for Social Research

The Transatlantic History Student Organization in collaboration with Phi Alpha Theta, the Barksdale Lecture Series, the History Department, and the College of Liberal Arts of the University of Texas at Arlington are sponsoring the Fourteenth Annual International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History.

Transatlantic history examines the circulation and interaction of people, goods, and ideas between and within any of the four continents surrounding the Atlantic basin between the time of the first Atlantic contacts in the 1400s and the present day. Situated primarily in the fields of both social and cultural history, its approaches are problem-oriented in scope, and highlighted by comparative and transnational frameworks.

This conference seeks to explore and further establish shared terminology, methodologies, and defining parameters as they pertain to the field of transatlantic history. It also seeks to serve as an interdisciplinary and intercontinental meeting place where such ideas can converge into a common conversation.

We invite paper and panel submissions that are historical, geographical, anthropological, literary, sociological, and cartographic in nature that fall within the scope of transatlantic studies from both graduate students and young scholars. We will accept submissions for papers written in English, French, Spanish, and German.

Selected participants’ papers will be considered for publication in Traversea, the peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal in transatlantic history operated by doctoral students as a joint project between THSO and the doctoral program in transatlantic history at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

• New World encounters
• Atlantic empires
• Transatlantic networks
• Making of nation-states
• Transnational spaces
• Transatlantic migration
• Diaspora studies
• Collective memory
• Identity construction
• Transatlantic cuisine and consumption
• Intercultural transfer and transfer studies
• Transnational families
• Teaching transnational history

Submission of individual paper abstracts should be approximately three hundred words in length and should be accompanied by an abbreviated, maximum one-page, curriculum vita. Panel proposals (3-4 people) should include titles and abstracts of panel as a whole as well as each individual paper. Deadline for submission is June 1, 2013. We will notify authors of accepted papers by July 1, 2013.

Financial assistance may be available to eligible international presenters.

The Conference Organizing Committee is composed of Nicole Léopoldie, Bryan Garrett and Isabelle Rispler. Please direct submissions and questions to Nicole Lé

Discover the Seascapes of the Atlantic World!

Program in Maritime Studies Sponsors Guest Speakers from the Bureau of Oceans Energy Management

Topic: Deep Water Underwater Archaeology, Submerged Paleo Landscapes and Cultural Resource Management

Guest Speakers: David Ball and Amanda Evans, Bureau of Oceans Energy Management

Where: Flanagan Building, Room 247

Date: Friday, March 1, 2013

Time: 9-11am

For more information, please contact Dr. Lynn Harris at

Save the Date: Brown Bag Research Workshops Begin Monday, Feb. 25

The Atlantic World History program is pleased to announce this Spring’s Brown Bag Workshop series.

This series of workshops will provide a friendly space for current History graduate students who are engaged in Atlantic-oriented research projects to present work-in-progress, dialogue with faculty and other graduate students and receive feedback as they develop their projects in preparation for the completion of M.A. thesis requirements, conference presentations and or future publication.

The first paper in this Spring’s series will feature Patrick Herman’s research examining the maritime culture surrounding South Carolina rice plantations in the mid nineteenth century.

Paper Title: “”Bessie and the Manigaults: Boats and Boating Culture on a South Carolina Rice Plantation.”
Date: Monday, February 25, 2013
Time: 12-1:00pm
Location: The Frank Seminar Room, BB-202

A copy of the paper will be available on Monday, February 18. Please confirm your attendance with Ingrid Meyer ( For further questions, please contact Dr Kennetta Hammond Perry (

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