Slavery Archive

The #Slaveryarchive book club invites you to discuss newly published books on slavery and the Afro-Atlantic world.

#Slaveryarchive Book Club

The #Slaveryarchive book club is an online initiative put together by scholars Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University), Jessica Johnson (Johns Hopkins University), Vanessa Holden (University of Kentucky), and Alex Gil (Columbia University) to discuss newly published books on slavery and the Afro-Atlantic world. These hard times force us to stay physically apart but encourage us to create digital connections. In many ways digital meetings are more inclusive as readers and authors across the globe can connect without the usual financial and time barriers that separate us.

How can I attend? Get the book prior to each session, read it, register to attend the meeting on Zoom (check below each meeting for registration links) or watch the sessions live or whenever you want on the #Slaveryarchive book club channel on Youtube. Please note that if you choose to attend on Zoom, each meeting requires a new registration.

How do the meetings work? Authors or editors make a short presentation of their respective books. Attendants can ask questions and provide comments if they wish. If you attend on Zoom you will ask questions orally by first raising your hand (tool of the bottom of the Zoom screen). Please note that you are being broadcast on Youtube and the video will remain there. If you attend on Youtube live, you can type your questions in the chat box and we will read the questions to the author.

Meetings are held on Wednesdays once or twice a month from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Authors based in Europe or Africa present on Saturdays from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. All meetings are held at EST time United States and Canada.

July 1, 2020, WED, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST time): Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War (Belknap Press, 2020) by Vincent Brown (Harvard University). Watch the video on Youtube.

August 12, 2020, WED, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST time): Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World (Pennsylvania University Press, 2020) by Jessica Marie Johnson (Johns Hopkins University). To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it live or later on Youtube.

September 16, 2020, WED, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST time): Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast (New Press, 2020) by Marjoleine Kars (University of Maryland Baltimore County). To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it live or later on Youtube.

October 14, 2020, WED, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST time): The Story of Rufino: Slavery, Freedom, and Islam in the Black Atlantic (Oxford University Press, 2020) by João José Reis (Universidade Federal da Bahia), Flávio dos Santos Gomes (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) and Marcus de Carvalho (University Federal de Pernambuco). To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it live or later on Youtube.

November 11, 2020, WED, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST time), Black Saints in Early Global Catholicism (Cambridge University Press, 2020) by Erin Kathleen Rowe (Johns Hopkins University). To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it live or later on Youtube.

November 18, 2020, WED, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST time): Slavery in the Age of Memory: Engaging the Past (Bloomsbury, 2020) by Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University). To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it live or later on Youtube.

November 21, 2020, SATURDAY, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST time): The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade (Yale University Press, 2020) by Manuel Barcia (University of Leeds). To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it live or later on Youtube.

December 9, 2020, WED, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST time): Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home (37Ink, 2019) by Richard Bell (University of Maryland) To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it live or later on Youtube.

January 6, 2021, WED, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST time): African Women in the Atlantic World: Property, Vulnerability & Mobility, 1660-1880 (James Currey, 2019) co-edited by Mariana P. Candido (Emory University) and Adam Jones (University of Leipzig). To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it live or later on Youtube.

January 16, 2021, SATURDAY, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST time): The Brutish Museums: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution (Pluto Press, 2020) by Dan Hicks (University of Oxford and Pitts River Museum). To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it live or later on Youtube.

January 30, 2021, SATURDAY, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST time): Black but Human’: Slavery and Visual Arts in Hapsburg Spain, 1480-1700 (Oxford University Press, 2019) by Carmem Fracchia (Birkbeck College, University of London). To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it live or later on Youtube.

February 10, 2021, WED, 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EST time): Hiding in Plain Sight: Black Women, the Law, and the Making of a White Argentine Republic (University of Alabama Press, 2020) by Erika Edwards (University of North Carolina Charlotte). To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it live or later on Youtube.

February 17, 2021, WED, 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EST time): The Implicated Subject: Beyond Victims and Perpetrators (Stanford University Press, 2019) by Michael Rothberg (University of California Berkeley). To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it live or later on Youtube.

February 20, 2021, SATURDAY, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST time): A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution (University of Chicago Press, 2019) by Toby Green (King’s College London). To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it on Youtube.

March 3, 2021, WED, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST time): As If She Were Free: A Collective Biography of Women and Emancipation in the Americas (Cambridge University Press, 2020) co-edited by Erica L. Ball (Occidental College), Tatiana Seijas (Rutgers University) and Terri L. Snyder (California State University, Fullerton). To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it live or later on Youtube.

March 13, 2021, SAT, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST time): An Archive of Taste: Race and Eating in the Early United States (University of Minnesota Press, 2020) by Lauren Klein. To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it live or later on Youtube.

March 24, 2021, WED, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST time): Haiti’s Paper War: Post-Independence Writing, Civil War, and the Making of the Republic, 1804–1954 (New York University Press, 2020) by Chelsea Stieber (Catholic University of America) To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it live or later on Youtube.

April 7, WED, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST time): Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence (Pennsylvania University Press, 2019) by Kellie Carter Jackson (Wellesley College). To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it live or later on Youtube.

April 21, 2021, WED, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST time): The Women’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation by Thavolia Glymph (Duke University). To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it live or later on Youtube.

May 5, 2021, WED, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST time): Voices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) by Sophie White (University of Notre Dame). To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it live or later on Youtube.

May 19, 2021, WED, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST time): Between Fitness and Death: Disability and Slavery in the Caribbean (University of Illinois Press, 2020) by Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy (University of New Brunswick). To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it live or later on Youtube.

May 22, 2021, SATURDAY, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST time): Afro-Catholic Festivals in the Americas: Performance, Representation, and the Making of Black Atlantic Tradition (Penn State University Press, 2019), edited by Cécile Fromont (Yale University). To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it live or later on Youtube.

June 2, 2021, WED, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EST time): From the Galleons to the Highlands: Slave Trade Routes in the Spanish Americas (University of New Mexico Press, 2020) co-edited by Alex Borucki (University of California Irvine), David Eltis (University of British Columbia) and David Wheat (Michigan State University). The book will be presented by Alex Borucki (University of California Irvine) and Sabrina Smith (University of California Merced). To attend on Zoom, register here. Or watch it live or later on Youtube.