Conference Program

Thursday, April 10

Location: McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland
Walk (34th and Sansom Streets)
5:00 PM Opening Session:
Atlantic Emancipations: A Forum

Chair: Christopher Brown, Columbia University

Panelists: Richard Blackett, Vanderbilt University Laurent Dubois, Duke University Manisha Sinha, University of Massachusetts
  6:15 PM Reception


Friday, April 11

Location: The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street 8:00 AM Registration and Coffee
  8:30 AM Circulating Abolitionism in the Atlantic World

Chair: Carla L. Peterson, University of Maryland

"Thomas Clarkson's History of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade: The Trans-Atlantic Biography of an Anti-Slavery Classic":

Dee Andrews, California State University, East Bay
Emma Lapsansky-Werner, Haverford College

Toussaint, Gabriel, and Three Finger’d Jack: “Courageous Chiefs” and the “Sacred Standard of Liberty” on the Atlantic Stage

Jenna Gibbs, University of California, Los Angeles

Abolition from Afar: A Freemason’s Struggle for Brazilian Emancipation through Print

Neil Safier, University of British Columbia

Commentary: Marixa Lasso, Case Western Reserve University
  10:00 AM Coffee Break
  10:15 AM Emancipation and Its Cultural Productions

Chair: David Waldstreicher, Temple University

“When All Shall Be Free . . . Anything Short of this . . .”: James Hutton Brew, The Gold Coast Times, and African Agency in Abolition in the Gold Coast (Colonial Ghana)

Kabena Akurang-Parry, Shippensburg University

Violent Places: Travel, Reform and Revolution in William Wells Brown’s Three Years in Europe

Martha Schoolman, Miami University

The Slave Poet Juan Francisco Manzano

Marilyn G. Miller, Tulane University

Commentary: James W. Cook, University of Michigan
  11:45 AM Lunch (on your own)
  1:15 PM Emancipation and Emigration

Chair: Elizabeth Varon, Temple University

“Emancipated for the Purpose of Emigrating”: Gender Conventions and the Global Dimensions of Manumission in the Chesapeake and Liberia

Jessica Millward, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Emancipation’s Diaspora: The Pursuit of Freedom and Citizenship in the Post-Bellum North

Leslie Schwalm, University of Iowa

“And the condition of the free negroes in Nova Scotia will fully substantiate this assertion”: Anglo-American Travellers and the Mighty Experiment

Jeffrey L. McNairn, Queen's University

Commentary: Mia Bay, Rutgers University
  3:00 PM Break
  3:15 PM Maroons, Rebels, and Manumission

Chair: Tukufu Zuberi, University of Pennsylvania

Rebellion, Civil War and Revolution in Dutch Berbice, 1763-1764

Marjoleine Kars, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Maritime Marronage and Manumission in Caribbean Inter-Imperial Trade

Linda M. Rupert, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Citizens, Brigands, and Slaves: St. Lucia in the Age of Revolution

Jane I. Seiter, University of Bristol

Commentary: Philip Morgan, Johns Hopkins University
  4:45 PM Break
  5:00 PM Keynote Address

Chair: Joanne Pope Melish, University of Kentucky

Maroons and the Emancipation Process in the United States

Steven Hahn, University of Pennsylvania
  6:30 PM Reception


Saturday, April 12

Location: The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street 8:30 AM Coffee and Registration
  9:00 AM War and Emancipation

Chair: Peter Kolchin, University of Delaware

The British Empire’s “Sable Arm”: Black Soldiers and Rebels in the Seven Years’ War and Postwar Antislavery

Maria Alessandra Bollettino, University of Texas

Slave Soldiers and Emancipation in the Rio de la Plata, 1807-1852

Seth Meisel, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

Self-Emancipation in the Atlantic, 1772-1783

Charles R. Foy, Eastern Illinois University

Commentary: Douglas Egerton, Le Moyne College
  10:30 AM Coffee Break
  11:00 AM Emancipation as Lived Experience

Chair: Allison Dorsey, Swarthmore College

“An African woman . . . ‘industrious,but turbulent’”: Racial/Ethnic Classification and Social Control among Free African Laborers in the Abolition-Era British Caribbean

Rosanne Adderley, Vanderbilt University

The Case of Jean Baptiste, Créole de Saint-Domingue: Law and Slavery in the Currents of the Atlantic World

Martha S. Jones, University of Michigan

Pronatalism, Amelioration and Emancipation in the Anglophone Caribbean

Diana Paton, Newcastle University

Commentary: Gad Heuman, University of Warwick
  12:30 PM Lunch (on your own)
  2:00 PM The Politics of Emancipation

Chair: James Brewer Stewart, Macalester College

Remembering Dinah Nevil and the Local Origins of American Antislavery

Kirsten Sword, Indiana University

The Failure of Compensated Emancipation and Slave Reparations in the United States in a Comparative Context

Roy Finkenbine, University of Detroit Mercy

Discrediting Democracy: Liberal Exclusion and the Question of Race in the Post-Emancipation U.S.

Kate Masur, Northwestern University

Spectacles of Freedom: Symbolic Abolitionism, Liberal Rhetoric, and the Mobilization of Free Blacks in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Colombia

Jason McGraw, Indiana University

Commentary: Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Fordham University
  3:45 PM Break
  4:00 PM Closing Session:
Atlantic Emancipations: Reflections, Reactions, Revisions

Chair: Richard Newman, Rochester Institute of Technology

Panelists: Gary B. Nash, University of California, Los Angeles Sue Peabody, Washington State University Vancouver Cassandra Pybus, University of Sydney

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