Slavery Captivity and the Meaning of Freedom RFG

At a time when aesthetic philosophy defined whiteness in terms of the ability to behold and surveil the world, Phillis Wheatley Peters developed new forms of countervisuality in Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773). Badley's essay focuses on Peters' ekphrastic poetry, which portrays...

REGISTER NOW This workshop will discuss a PRECIRCULATED chapter from Merav Schocken’s dissertation, “Functional Fictions: Practices of Self-Deception in 19th-Century America.” (Please click on the “Download Reading” button above to access the precirculated chapter.) The chapter explores the narrative practices of self-deception that underlie the consolidation of...

Manuel Covo will discuss a chapter from his current book manuscript. The chapter, entitled “The Unfree Trade of an Abolitionist Colony,” explores the economic challenges facing Saint-Domingue in the aftermath of abolition and argues that the war context and the food dependency had long-lasting consequences for...

This workshop will discuss the precirculated first chapter from Jeannine DeLombard’s current book manuscript, “Bound to Respect: Democratic Dignity and the Indignities of Slavery.” (Please click the "Download Reading" button above.) For many of us today, the artifice of legal personhood – the corporate person in particular – provokes...

How did Americans understand citizenship before it was defined in the 14th Amendment? If U.S. citizenship was only defined after abolition and emancipation, how did slavery shape American citizenship? Come and talk about these and related issues of race and civic belonging as Professor Carrie Hyde (UCLA)...

If Henry Box Brown is known to contemporary audiences, then it is as the slave who achieved freedom by mailing himself in a box from Virginia to Philadelphia in 1849. While critics have explored this incredible event, less attention has been focused on Brown’s subsequent...

Comments by Giuliana Perrone (History, UCSB) Jannie Scott (Center for Black Studies Research, UCSB) Jasmine Yarish (Political Science, UCSB) Thursday, March 9, 2017 / 4:00 PM Lane Room, 3824 Ellison Hall Jannie Scott (Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Black Studies Research, UCSB) "Refashioning Black community in the Wake of Emancipation:...

Anthony J. Barbieri-Low (History, UC Santa Barbara) Tuesday, April 12, 2016 / 12:00 PM HSSB 4080 Professor Barbieri-Low will lead a discussion of pre-circulated materials from his latest research. For copies of the texts, please email maclean@classics.ucsb.edu. Sponsored by the IHC's Slavery, Captivity, and the Meaning of...

This RFG brings together faculty and graduate students who study enslavement, manumission, liberation, and freedom from a range of disciplinary and methodological perspectives. The complex, often elusive, concepts of enslavement and freedom are both historically contingent and central to the broader social, economic, political, and...