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Slaves, Soldiers, Rebels

Post by Marilyn » Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:31 am

NEH Summer Institute 2009

"Slaves, Soldiers, Rebels: Currents Of Black Resistance in the Tropical
Atlantic, 1760 - 1888"

Where: The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
When: July 6 - August 7, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

It is a great pleasure to announce the NEH Summer Institute "Slaves, Soldiers, Rebels: Currents Of Black Resistance In The Tropical Atlantic, 1760 - 1888", which will take place at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, between July 6 and August 7, 2009. The Center for Africana Studies will be the host for the program. We enthusiastically invite applications from persons wishing to participate in the Institute. Participation is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. All participants will receive housing and travel expenses to and from Balimore. Transportation to off-site program activities will also be provided as a part of the grant.

The purpose of the institute is to expose people teaching history at the college and university levels that may or may not be specialists in the history of the black Atlantic, to new scholarship in the field. The Institute will feature presentations from leading historians specializing in the black Atlantic, speaking about their research. Participants will meet with scholars in seminar-style settings, visit nearby research facilities and sites related to the black experience in the mid-Atlantic region, and have access to the library and facilities of Johns Hopkins University.

See the list of Institute presenters and topics below.

The Johns Hopkins University is a very prominent center for the study of the black Atlantic. A succession of well-known scholars in the field in the faculty has built an impressive collection at the Eisenhower Library on the Johns Hopkins campus. The National Archives in College Park, Maryland, and Washington, DC are about an hour away. The city of Baltimore was home to an important black community during the era of slavery in the United States, and the larger mid-Atlantic region was the site of important incidents in black resistance. Institute participants will be travelling to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Richmond, Virginia to visit sites associated with the abolition movement and with Gabriel's Rebellion in Virginia.

Institute staff will begin considering applications to be among the group of 25 participants starting March 2nd, 2009. Applicants must have the Ph.D. in a discipline related to Atlantic history (including, but not limited to history, anthropology, sociology, political science, cultural studies or literature) in hand by the time the institute begins. Preference will be given to applicants who hold teaching positions at the college, community college, or university levels. The purpose of the institute is to serve faculty who teach classes related to the black Atlantic or who wish to expand the range of their teaching to include this field.

Applicants should submit a statement of interests and qualifications, a transcript from the institution that granted them the Ph.D., and three letters of recommendation from colleagues or former instructors.

Deadline for applicants: March 2, 2009

Send applications to:

Claude Poux
Johns Hopkins University
Center for Africana Studies
Greenhouse 118
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Best regards,

Stewart King
Ben Vinson III
Natalie Zacek
Institute Co-Directors


Christopher L Brown
Trevor Burnard
Sherwin Bryant
Laurent Dubois
Douglas Egerton
Sylvia Frey
John Garrigus
Marjoleine Kars
Herbert S. Klein
Jane Landers
Gary Nash
Marcus Rediker
Stuart Schwartz
James Sidbury


*This is a tentative structure for the Institute

Week 1. Atlantic Connections
Topics include:
Theoretical and Analytical Frameworks:
Africa: Societies, Encounters, Creolization
The Transatlantic Slave Trade
Atlantic Economies:
Slave Cultures and Religions in the Diaspora:
The Place of Memory in the Afro-Atlantic Diaspora
Subjects, Slaves, and Subversives
Slave Resistance and the Slave Trade
White Power in Jamaica
Physical and Spiritual Terror
Tacky's Revolt, Jamaica 1823
The Demerara Slave Rebellion and 1831-32
The Baptist War, Jamaica

Week 2: English and Dutch Caribbean
Topics Include:
Seaborne Resistance: Slave Ship Rebellions, Piracy, and other Maritime Labor Struggles
The Dutch in the Americas
Maroons and Slave Resistance in Surinam
Slave Resistance in Dutch Guyana
Rebellion in (formerly Dutch) Demerara

Week 3: The Haitian Revolution
Topics will include:
The Haitian Revolution:
A Tangled Web: Free people of color and slaves
Arming free people of color in Saint-Domingue
The impact of Haiti in the US and elsewhere

Week 4: The United States
Topics will include:
Free Blacks in the American Revolution
The Revolutionary Slave Rebellion
Fighting for Freedom in the Early Republic: Philadelphia as a Case Study
Fighting for Freedom in the Early Republic: New York City as a Case Study
Africa and Black Identities in North America
Gabriel's Conspiracy and Black Identity
The Urban Environment and Slave Resistance
Patterns of Resistance:

Week 5: Iberian Americas
Black Loyalists
Free Blacks and resistance in Colonial & Imperial Brazil
Free and Black Resistance in the Kingdom of Quito
Understanding South America

Claude Joseph Phillip Poux:

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