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Excavating the Past: Archaeological Perspectives on Black Atlantic Regional Networks

What Conference
When April 03, 2009 09:30 AM to
April 04, 2009 05:00 PM
Where Clark Library
Contact Name Clark Library
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Contact Phone 310-206-8552
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The UCLA Mellon Seminar in Black Atlantic Studies explores an emerging paradigm shift in African Diaspora scholarship. Inspired by Paul Gilroy’s innovative work in black cultural studies, the shift can be described as one from “roots” to “routes,” recasting Africa from a “baseline” to a “circuit” predicated on ethnic mixing and hybrid forms from the inception of the triangle trade. If European ports and capitals, Caribbean plantations, American shipyards and African cities became co-equal sites in an emerging trans-Atlantic field, so trade-union politics, plural societies, Pan-African movements and expressive musical and ritual hybrids developed as hallmarks of a distinctive “counter-modernity."

Excavating the Past, a two-day conference in honor of UCLA emeritus professor Merrick Posnansky, will bring together a select group of leading archaeologists and historians of the Black Atlantic, most trained by Posnansky himself. Beyond recognizing Merrick's contribution to the archaeology of Africa and the Americas, our aim is to develop a better understanding of how archaeological sites in Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States provide “grounds” for hypothesizing the presence and impact of regional symbolic systems and/or social networks. Particular emphasis will be placed on the development of Creole societies during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries) in relation to West-Central Africa and Europe.

The registration deadline is March 26, 2009. Registration fee is $25/person; UC faculty, staff, and students are free with ID. Please visit the web site for lists of speakers, the schedule, and registration information.

This conference is co-sponsored by the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, the Mellon Transforming the Humanities Grant, and the James S. Coleman African Studies Center.

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