Civil rights activist Dorothy Height in ‘very serious’ condition – CNN.com

Civil rights activist Dorothy Height, 98, remained in “very serious, but stable condition” Saturday, her friend and spokeswoman said. “A flurry of rumors about Height’s death appeared Saturday on the Internet, particularly on the social networking site Twitter, where her name was a trending topic. Wikipedia also briefly reported Height’s death. Height remains hospitalized, according to Alexis Herman, her friend and former secretary of labor … Continue reading Civil rights activist Dorothy Height in ‘very serious’ condition – CNN.com

Pargas on Slave Family in the U.S. South

Pargas, Damian Alan. “Boundaries and Opportunities:  Comparing Slave Family Formation in the Antebellum South.” Journal of Family History 33 (2008): 316-345. Abstract: Our understanding of the marriage strategies and family formation of enslaved people remains clouded by disagreement among contemporary scholars. A perusal of the historical literature suggests that two issues lay at the root of this disagreement: First, scholars disagree over the extent to … Continue reading Pargas on Slave Family in the U.S. South

Documentary: For Love of Liberty

“At the center of this multi-faceted initiative is a four-hour, High Definition, two-part documentary television series Executive Produced by Louis Gossett Jr., introduced by Colin Powell and hosted on-camera by Halle Berry. Ten years in the making, the film uses letters, diaries, speeches, journalistic accounts, historical text and military records to document and acknowledge the sacrifices and accomplishments of African-American service men and women since … Continue reading Documentary: For Love of Liberty

Fields-Black on Deep Roots of Rice Cultivation in West Africa and the Diaspora

Fields-Black, Edda L. Deep Roots: Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora. Indiana University Press, 2008. Gilbert, Erik.  “Coastal Rice Farming Systems in Guinea and Sierra Leone, Deep Roots: Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora. By Edda L. Fields-Black.”  The Journal of African History 50, no. 03 (2009): 437-438. From the review by Erik Gilbert: “The role of African technologies … Continue reading Fields-Black on Deep Roots of Rice Cultivation in West Africa and the Diaspora

New Journal and CFP: Notes & Records: Journal of African and African Diaspora Studies

Notes & Records: Journal of African and African Diaspora Studies (NRJAADS) Call for Papers Date:    2010-06-04 On behalf of Southern Interdisciplinary Roundtable on African Studies SIRAS), Kentucky State University, and the Editors, I am writing to inform you about the launching of a new peer-reviewed journal titled Notes and Records: An International Journal of African and African Diaspora Studies published by Kentucky State University on … Continue reading New Journal and CFP: Notes & Records: Journal of African and African Diaspora Studies

Zeuske on the Amistad, Slavery and Slave Trade (Fordham)

New Perspectives on the Amistad Dr. Michael Zeuske of the University of Cologne will speak on his new findings in Cuban and Spanish archives on the Amistad and its captain, Ramón Ferrer, and what they tell us about slavery and the slave trade in Cuba and the Atlantic world in the nineteenth century. Please join us on Monday, March 22nd, at 10am, 12th Floor Lounge … Continue reading Zeuske on the Amistad, Slavery and Slave Trade (Fordham)

CFP: Imagining Slavery: National Representations of the History of Slavery and Abolition

Detail of oil painting (courtesy of Jon Sensbach) of Cornelius van de Compagnie, as he is identified on the painting, as shown on http://www.slaveryimages.org, sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library." Click image for more

CALL FOR PAPERS

Imagining Slavery: National Representations of the History of Slavery
and Abolition
A one-day interdisciplinary workshop

Danish National Archives, Copenhagen
8th September 2010

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This workshop, which forms part of the EURESCL research project, will
provide scholars with opportunity to examine how the history of slavery
and abolition has featured in national histories, national memories, and
national educational curriculums. The workshop will draw together
scholars from different disciplines and geographic specialisations, and
the organizers are especially keen to hear from scholars who work within
comparative frameworks. Possible themes include:

– The history and mythology of ‘benign slavery’ in national
discourses.
– Anti-slavery, national ‘honour’ and related models of ‘civilization’
and the ‘civilizing mission’.
– Forgetting slavery, remembering abolition.
– Comparative histories of slavery and abolition.
– Museums, monuments and other national representations of slavery and
abolition.
– Teaching slavery and abolition in national curriculums.
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Review: Divanna on Identity in Brazil

Divanna, Isabel. “Multi-Faceted Approaches to Identity in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Brazil.” The Historical Journal 53, no. 01 (2010): 225-235. First paragraph steal: “The past four decades have seen the rapid expansion of the field of Brazilian studies in the Anglophone world. Brazilian scholars as well as their European and North American counterparts have re-evaluated the role of institutions, racial relations, party politics, and identity construction … Continue reading Review: Divanna on Identity in Brazil

Dracius Searches for Suzanne Césaire

Suzanne Dracius, and R. H. Mitsch. “In Search of Suzanne Césaire’s Garden.” Research in African Literatures 41, no. 1 (2010): 155-165. “Always feminine, sometimes feminist, and there was no clash, adhering to a double marronnage-as a Martinican who writes and as a woman who writes-I set out to practice the Césairean exhortation “Marronner, il faut marronner!” which Césaire had earlier written to René Depestre to … Continue reading Dracius Searches for Suzanne Césaire