Events

YEAR 2017/2018

“Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History.” Book presentation at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University, Providence, RI, February 8, 2018.

Memory of Slavery and The Problem of Reparations for Slavery in Brazil. Invited lecture in the Brazil Initiative Lecture Series, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University, Providence, RI, February 7, 2018.

“Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade in Brazil from a Transnational and Comparative Perspective,” Brazilian Studies Committee Meeting: Social Movements, Approaches, Debates, and Memory, Conference on Latin American History, Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Washington DC, January 4-7, 2018.

“Que peut-on apprendre du passé ? La longue histoire des demandes des réparations pour l’esclavage dans l’espace atlantique.” Invited presentation in the Seminar “Les populations noires en France, Approches et comparaisons transatlantiques,” Université de Paris VIII, Vincennes-Saint-Denis, Musée d’art et d’histoire, Saint-Denis, France, December 21, 2017.

“Esclavage et Réparations: Une histoire transnationale et comparée.” Invited presentation in the Seminar  “Approches pluridisciplinaires du racisme et de l’antisémitisme,” Institut d’histoire du temps présent, CNRS, Paris, France, December 18, 2017.

“Réparations matérielles et financières pour l’esclavage et la traite atlantique des esclaves avant et après l’émancipation.” Invited presentation in the Seminar “Esclavage et post-esclavage : histoires, mobilisations et images dans le monde atlantique (XIXe-XXIe siècle),” CIRESC (Centre International de Recherches sur les Esclavages et les Post-esclavages), École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, CNRS, Paris, France, December 15, 2017.

“Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History.” Book launch sponsored by the Department of History, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands, December 13, 2017.

“Slavery, Museums, and Memorials: Limits and Possibilities of Symbolic Reparations.” International Conference “Decolonizing Museums about Dire Pasts.” BMW Center for German and European Studies and German Academic Exchange Service, Georgetown University, Washington DC, December 8-9.

“Heritage and Memory of Slavery: Contested Strategies for Reparations for Africa.” Invited presentation in the International Conference “Moving Beyond Paternalism: Supplicants, Saviors and the Politics of Anti-Slavery in Africa,” University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, November 29 to December 1, 2017.

“Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History,” Book launch, Department of Political Science and the Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research (WISER), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, November 28, 2017.  

“Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History, Book launch, Department of History, King’s College, London, United Kingdom, November 16, 2017.

“Reparations for Slavery in a Transnational and Comparative Perspective,” Invited lecture in the Department of History Seminar Series, University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom, November 15, 2017.

“Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History,” Book launch at Howard University Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Washington DC, November 7, 2017.

“Slavery, Memory, and Reparations: Coming to Terms with the Past When Monuments Are Taken Down,” Lecture at the Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, November 2, 2017.

Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History,” Book event, Michigan State University Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, October 26, 2017.

“Slavery, Public Memory, and Reparations.” Invited presentation in the Symposium “Universities, Slavery, Public Memory, and the Built Landscape,” University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, October 18-21, 2017.

“O novo atlântico negro: história e memória do comércio  de africanos escravizados nas obras de Laura Facey, William Adjeté Wilson e Romuald Hazoumé,” Keynote lecture in the Symposium “O Triângulo do Atlântico e as artes visuais,” Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, October 16-18, 2017.

“Escravidão e visualidade, memória e esquecimento, material e imaterial: como pensar e representar o irrepresentável.” Keynote lecture in the XXXVII Conference of the Brazilian Committe of Art History,  Bahia Art Museum, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, October 8-12, 2017.

Memory, History, and Heritage of Slavery: Lessons of an Unfinished Past Liverpool Quaker Meeting House. Keynote lecture part of the program of the Renkei Pax Workshop “Emancipating the Mind: History, Politics, and Heritage.” International Slavery Museum, Ritsumeikan University,  Kyoto Museum for World Peace, and University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom, August 17-26, 2017.


YEAR 2016/2017

Guest speaker in the plenary panel “Transforming Public History in the Atlantic World” in the international conference Transforming Public History from Charleston to the Atlantic World, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, June 15-17, 2017.

“Rebellious Enslaved Mothers: Infanticide in Nineteenth-Century Southern Brazil,”  Paper presented in the Seventeenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, June 1 –4, 2017.

“História comparada das reparações financeiras para a escravidão e o comércio atlântico de escravos no Brasil e nos Estados Unidos.” Guest speaker in the Seminar Luiza Bairros “Escravidão, Memória e Verdade no Brasil e nos Estados Unidos,” convened by the Truth Sub-Commission of Black Slavery by the Order of Attorneys of Brazil of Rio Grande do Sul. Arquivo Público do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, May 18, 2017.

“Uma longa dívida: Memória pública, reparações simbólicas e financeiras pela escravidão e o comércio atlântico de escravos,” Guest lecture at the  Graduate Program in History, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, May 17, 2017.

“Difficult Dialogues: Slavery as History, Public History, and Public Memory,” Keynote address, International Conference Traces and Memories of Slavery in the Atlantic World, University of Montpellier, Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France, December 1-2, 2016.


YEAR 2015/2016

Mémoire publique de la traite atlantique des esclaves dans deux ports esclavagistes: les cas de Charleston (États-Unis) et Salvador (Brésil),” International conference La traite des noirs, l’esclavage et les mémoires des ports, Université du Havre and Université de Nantes, Le Havre, France, May 12 and 13, 2016.

Memory, Race, and Visuality: Representing Slavery and the Atlantic Slave Trade in the Public Space,” in the lecture series The Framing of Race, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, April 6, 2016 .

History and Public Memory of the Atlantic Slave Trade, and the Problem of Reparations to Africa,” African Memory and the Crisis of the Present,  African Humanities Colloquium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, November 13-14, 2015.

Slavery and Abolition in Public Memory,” final roundtable of the 17th Annual Conference Antislavery Republics: The Politics of Abolition in the Spanish Atlantic, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University, Newark, October 30-31, 2015.

Sites of Disembarkation and the Public Memory of the Atlantic Slave Trade,” International conference The States of Memory of Slavery: International Comparative Perspectives. La mémoire de l’esclavage dans tous ses états. Perspectives internationales comparées,  École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (France) and University of Ottawa (Canada), Paris, France, October 22-23, 2015.

Becoming Visible: Latin America and its populations of Africa Descent,”  Palaver Series “Africans in the Americas: Latin America in Focus,” Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center and Center for African Studies, Howard University, Washington DC, October 15, 2015.

Public Memory and Reparations for Slavery in Brazil and the United States,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA, September 24–28, 2015.


YEAR 2014/2015

Memorializing Slavery in Heritage Sites and Exhibitionary Spaces,” International Workshop “Global Slavery and Exhibitionary Impulse, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands, June 11-12, 2015.

Politics of Memory and Visual Culture of Rebellion,”  International Symposium José Antonio Aponte and his World: Writing, Painting and Making Freedom in the African Diaspora. New York University, New York City, May 7–8, 2015.

Le corps de l’esclave: mémoires et patrimoine blessés,”  Conference Éprouver le Brésil: Mémoires, marges et subversions. CELAT, Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada, February 25–26, 2015.

“Slavery and Africa in Brazilian Public and Popular Memory,” in the Series Conversations on Slavery, Memory and Culture: the Making of Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Society, Department of African American Studies, Boston University, Boston, MA, November 18, 2014.

“Resistance and Crime: Enslaved Women in the South of Brazil During the Early Nineteenth-Century,” Roundtable Colonial Slave Legislations and Slavery in the Americas, CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, the Afro-Latin 
American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center at Harvard and the Black Studies Program at CUNY, New York, NY, October 17, 2014.

Speaker in the roundtable “#QSWG in the Flesh: The Queering Slavery Working Group Roundtable,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Convention, Memphis, TN, September 24–28, 2014.

“Understanding and Misunderstanding Brazilian Urban Slave Life Through the Images of European Travelogues,” Brazilian Studies Association Congress, King’s College, London, UK, August 20–24, 2014.


YEAR 2013/2014

“Public Memory and Heritage of Slavery in Brazil and the United States,” National Museum of American History Tuesday Colloquium, Washington, DC, April 15, 2014.

“Contested Memories: Great Emancipators in Brazil and the United States.” Department of History 100th Anniversary Commemorative Lecture Series “Memory and Heritage of Slavery”. Howard University, Washington, DC, April 9, 2014.

“Catholicism as a Social Framework of Memory of Slavery in Brazil.” Sabine MacCormack Distinguished Lecture Series, Department of History and Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dame, IN, April 3, 2014.

“Invisible Sites of Slave Labor and Public Memory of Slavery in Brazil and the United States.” Department of History 100th Anniversary Commemorative Lecture Series “Memory and Heritage of Slavery”. Howard University, Washington, DC, February 26, 2014.

“Public Memory and Legacies of Slavery from a Global Perspective.” Keynote lecture as part of the film festival “History on Film: Slavery and the African Diaspora from a Global Perspective,” organized by the Department of History, Centre of African Studies, and Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, UK, February 20, 2014.

“From Liverpool to Salvador: Brazil: Slavery in the Museum.” Seminar of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, Department of History, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK, February 19, 2014.

“Heritage Sites of the Slave Trade: Places of Disembarkation in Brazil and the United States.” Department of History 100th Anniversary Commemorative Lecture Series “Memory and Heritage of Slavery”. Howard University, Washington, DC, January 29, 2014.

“Crime and Punishment: Enslaved Women in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil,” in the multi-session workshop “Women in Bondage: Local and Transnational Histories,” Panel “Daily Life, Sex, and Violence: Enslaved Women in the Americas, 128th American Historical Association Meeting, Washington, DC, January 2-5, 2014.

“Images of Enslavement in Africa in the Museum,” Panel “Many Africas: Images, Art, and Material Culture in the Museum,” part 1, 56th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, Baltimore, MD, November 21–24, 2013.

“Law and Order: Enslaved and Freed Women’s Responses to Violence in the Deep South of Brazil During the Early Nineteenth Century,” Panel “On Shifting Grounds: Illegal Slave Trade, Rights to Property, and Rights to Freedom in Nineteenth Century Brazil,” Annual Meeting of the American Society for Legal History, Fort Lauderdale, FL, November 7-9, 2013.


YEAR 2012/2013

“Visual Representations of Enslavement in West Africa panel Representing African, Afro-American, and Amerindian Bodies in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic,Latin American Studies Association Congress, Washington, DC, May 29–June 1, 2013.

“Images of Slavery and the Holocaust,” in the multi-session workshop Representing the Irrepresentable: Narratives and Visual Images of Slavery, Forced Labor, and Genocide,” panel “Representing the Irrepresentable: Visual Images of Genocide and Crime Against Humanity,” 127th American Historical Association Meeting, New Orleans, January 3–6, 2013.

“Memory and Heritage of Slave Labor,” CLACS (Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU) Research Colloquium “New Perspectives on Colonial Latin America and the Caribbean,”  New York University, November 19, 2012.

Shadows of the Slave Past: Public Memory and Heritage of Slavery,” Slavery and its Aftermath in the Atlantic World: An International Symposium, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, October 4-6, 2012.

A Black Hug, A Black Smile, Brings Happiness”: The Church of Our Lady of Rosary of Black Men as a Site of Memory of Brazilian Slavery,” XI Brazilian Studies Association Congress, Champaign-Urbana, IL, September 6-8, 2012.


YEAR 2011/2012

L’exposition virtuelle L’Océan noir de William Wilson,” in the panel “Mémoires de l’esclavage et de la traite des esclaves: leur actualité pour la construction de société citoyenne,” Annual Conference of Canadian Association of African Studies, Quebec City, Canada, May 2-4, 2012.

Frantz Fanon Event,  George Washington University,  Washington DC, February 9th 2012 (see the program, pdf file).

Dahomean Rulers and the Luso-Brazilian Slave Trade,” in the Multi-session workshop “Moving Communities and Networks in the Era of the Atlantic Slave Trade,” 126th American Historical Association Meeting, Chicago, IL, January 5-8, 2012.

Para além do Brasil: Memória Pública da Escravidão e do Comércio Atlântico de Escravos,” Graduate Programs in Sociology and Graduate Programs in History, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul,  Porto Alegre, Brazil, November 28, 2011.

Pierre Fatumbi Verger (1902-96): Recreating Connections Between Bahia and the Bight of Benin,” in the panel “Discussing and Assessing the Work of Pierre Fatumbi Verger (1902-1996)” 54th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, Washington DC, November 17-20, 2011.

Global Zumbi:  Asserting Black Power in Brazilian Public Space,” in 6th Biennial Conference of the ASWAD (Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora): “African Liberation & Black Power: The Challenges of Diasporic Encounters Across Time, Space, and Imagination,” Pittsburgh, PA, November 3-6, 2011.

Uses and Misuses of Images of Latin American Slavery in the panel “Representations of Slavery in Latin America” in 77th Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, the Latin American and Caribbean Section, Baltimore, MD, October 27-30, 2011.

From Victims to Fighters: Revisiting Slave Resistance in Brazilian Public Memory,” in Black Resistance in an Age of Revolution-A Symposium Commemorating the Bicentennial of the 1811 Slave Uprising in Territorial Louisiana, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, October 13-15, 2011.

“A Past Hidden Beneath the Surface: Slavery and Public Memory in Brazil,” International Conference Africa and People of African Descent: Issues and Actions to (Re)-envision the Future, Howard University, Washington, DC, September 14-16, 2011.

Transnational Memory of Slave Merchants: Making the Perpetrators Visible in the Public Space,” 125th American Historical Association Meeting, Boston, MA, January 6-9, 2011.