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Ruthless Exchanges: Writing the Early Iberian Slave Trade

Date and Time: 
Monday, February 27, 2017. 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Pigott Hall 252 (Building 260, Main Quad)
Meeting Description: 

Anna More (BA, Harvard 1993; PhD UC Berkeley 2003) specializes in the colonial period of the Iberian Americas with a particular focus on baroque aesthetics, historiography, and race in colonial Mexico. Her first book, under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press, examines the relationships among baroque aesthetics, imperial politics, and the formation of a local archive in colonial Mexico. Through readings of the diverse works of the seventeenth-century creole polymath Carlos de Sigü enza y Góngora, together with a variety of Spanish, creole and indigenous writings, she argues that archival politics provided a new form of regional sovereignty during a period of Spanish imperial decline.

In the late sixteenth century, the transatlantic slave trade was transformed from a relatively sporadic commerce to a massive commercial enterprise. It was also an almost exclusively Iberian enterprise, with Portuguese Africa the port of origin and Spanish America the ultimate destination of the majority of enslaved Africans. The early Iberian slave trade, however, suffers from the same lack of documentation that plagues its later manifestations. Against the backdrop of fragmentation and partial documentation, this paper will seek continuities among the few writings that do discuss points along the transatlantic trade route of early Iberian slavery. It will look particularly at figures of exchange as both the building blocks of new trade networks and the ideological link among writings documenting the capture, commercialization and enslaved labor of Africans. The goal of the talk will be to think through the particular relationship between writing and new forms of economic violence in the early modern period.

Quoted from: http://www.international.ucla.edu/lai/person/1231#.WI2sUogrLnA

Refreshments will be served.

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