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Africa Table: From the Gold Coast to the Slave Coast: The Swedish Africa Company 1649-1663

Join the Center for African Studies for their weekly lunchtime seminar series. This week's presentation will be given by Dr. Jonas M. Nordin, Assistant Professor, Researcher and Senior Antiquarian, National Historical Museum, Sweden and Stanford Humanities Center-FSI International Visitor, Stanford University.
Swedish participation in the transatlantic slave trade and the formation of the Atlantic world is little recognized. This small country in the European semi-periphery had however, along with several other European nations, established themselves on the Gold Coast in the middle of the 17th century. The Swedish Africa Company was an international business, similar to its competitors from other countries, but was used to play out national politics on a distant coast. The company was a small but active player in the transformation of the Gold Coast into the Slave Coast – when gold and ivory gave way to slaves as prime commodities of European interest.
Jonas M. Nordin's archaeological research focuses on early modern colonialism, commodification processes and the rise of modernity. His main objective is to connect material culture, landscape and the history of Scandinavia into a holistic archaeology of the global world. His current focus is Scandinavian early modern colonialism and colonies in Africa, America, and Asia and their material remains both in the colonies, as well as in the former mother countries. His other interests include the rise of modern organizations and the construction and use of the past in early modern period.



Wednesday, October 15, 2014. 12:00PM


Encina Hall West, Room 202, 616 Serra Street


Archaeology Center, Humanities Center, Department of Anthropology, Center for African Studies




Lunch served.