DIGITAL: Lander’s ESSSS Project Featured in NEH Humanities

The Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies (ESSSS) project, led by Jane Landers, featured in NEH Humanities:

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VIDEO: Landers on the Missing Century of Black History in the Americas

Jane Landers on “The Missing Century of Black History in the Americas” for TEDxNashville

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ARTICLES/JOURNAL: Special Joint Issue on Slavery and Anti-Slavery in the Atlantic world

The American Historical Review and Past & Present have joined forces to publish a joint, virtual special issue reviewing historiographic debates related to slavery and anti-slavery in the Atlantic World.

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BOOK: Landers on Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolutions

Atlantic Creoles

Jane G. Landers. Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolutions. Reprint. Harvard University Press, 2011.

via HUP:

Sailing the tide of a tumultuous era of Atlantic revolutions, a remarkable group of African-born and African-descended individuals transformed themselves from slaves into active agents of their lives and times. Big Prince Whitten, the black Seminole Abraham, and General Georges Biassou were “Atlantic creoles,” Africans who found their way to freedom by actively engaging in the most important political events of their day. These men and women of diverse ethnic backgrounds, who were fluent in multiple languages and familiar with African, American, and European cultures, migrated across the new world’s imperial boundaries in search of freedom and a safe haven. Yet, until now, their extraordinary lives and exploits have been hidden from posterity.

Through prodigious archival research, Jane Landers radically alters our vision of the breadth and extent of the Age of Revolution, and our understanding of its actors. Whereas Africans in the Atlantic world are traditionally seen as destined for the slave market and plantation labor, Landers reconstructs the lives of unique individuals who managed to move purposefully through French, Spanish, and English colonies, and through Indian territory, in the unstable century between 1750 and 1850. Mobile and adaptive, they shifted allegiances and identities depending on which political leader or program offered the greatest possibility for freedom. Whether fighting for the King of Kongo, England, France, or Spain, or for the Muskogee and Seminole chiefs, their thirst for freedom helped to shape the course of the Atlantic revolutions and to enrich the history of revolutionary lives in all times.

CONF: Endangered Archives Workshop 2010

*Endangered Archives Workshop 2010
Harriet Tubman Institute, York University, Canada
Saturday, January 23 *

* *

With the explosive use of computers in recent decades, a growing number
of researchers have been involved in the preservation of endangered
archival documents through digital means. Accordingly, there are
researchers funded by various significant bodies currently working in
Algeria, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ghana, Jamaica, Nigeria, Sierra Leone
and other parts of the world. The Endangered Archives Workshop will
bring together researchers to discuss their digital projects and
findings. The Workshop will provide a venue for participants to discuss
various issues that will enable aspiring and active researchers to
manage digital projects. Issues to be discussed include implementing
digital standards, preparing grant applications and purchasing digital
equipment and computer software. The Workshop ends with a session on
website development, public outreach and publishing options available to
researchers so that they may disclose their findings to various audiences.

The workshop will be held in 305 York Lanes, York University.

9:30-9:45 Welcome Remarks: Paul E. Lovejoy, Director, Harriet Tubman
Institute, York University

9:45-11:00* Session I*: Presentation of Digital Projects by Members of
the Organizing Committee

Mohammed Bashir Salau, “Northern Nigeria: Precolonial Documents
Preservation Scheme”

· Yacine Daddi Addoun, “Ibadi Private Libraries in the Mzab Heptapolis,

*· *Ismael Musah Montana, *”**Preservation of Endangered Historical
Records in the Public Records and Archives Administration (PRAAD) in
Tamale, Northern Ghana***

· Paul Lovejoy, “*Before the War, after the War: Preserving History in
Sierra Leone”***

· Mariza de Carvalho Soares, “Projeto Acervo Digital Angola-Brasil”

· Jane Landers, “/Ecclesiastical Sources and Historical Research on the
African diaspora in Brazil and Cuba”/

· Carlos Franco Liberato, “Endangered African diaspora Collections of
the State of Pará in the Amazon Region of Brazil”

*· *Pablo Gomez,* *”*Creating a Digital Archive of Afro-Colombian
History and Culture: Black Ecclesiastical, Governmental and Private
Records from the Chocó, Colombia”***

· Oscar Grandío Moragúez, “Digitisation of Endangered African diaspora
Collections at the Major Archives of the Province of Matanzas, Cuba”**

· Nadine Hunt, “Inventory of Archival Holdings in Jamaica”**

11:00-11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-12:00 *Session II*: Presentation of Forthcoming Digital Projects
with Ismael Musah Montana

· Karen Needles, Director, “Lincoln Archives Digital Project”

· Anna St. Onge, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, York
University, “/I published my paper//: now what?/ The Final Step Towards
the Preservation of Research Materials for Posterity”

· Meley Mulugetta Bezzabeh, York University, “Identifying Endangered
Manuscript Collections in the Enderta and Säharti Regions of Tigray
(Ethiopia) and Digitizing the Entire Library of the Church of Kidanä
Mehrät in the Town of Mekelle”

· Jane Landers, Vanderbilt University, “St. Augustine Project”

12:00-12:30 *Session III*: Administrative Matters with Carlos Algandona

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:15 *Session IV*: Technological Equipment with Carlos Franco
Liberato and Pablo Gomez

2:15-3:15 *Session IV*: Pilot versus Major Digital Project with Oscar
Grandío Moragúez and Mariza de Carvalho Soares

3:15-3:30 Coffee Break

3:30-4:00 *Session V*: Cataloguing and Metadata Update with Yacine Daddi
Addoun and Nadine Hunt

4:00-5:00 *Session VI*: Website Development, Public Outreach and
Publishing with Jane Landers, Paul Lovejoy and Mohammed Bashir Salau

· Mariza de Carvalho Soares, Universidade Federal Fluminense,
“Ecclesiastical Sources in Slave Societies: Brazil”

· Jean-Pierre Le Glaunec, Université Sherbrook, “Histoires d’Esclaves
dans le monde atlantique français”

5:00-5:30: Rump Session/Discussion and closing remarks

Please RSVP by sending an e-mail to Asif Mohammed <>.

_Workshop Organizing Committee:
_Yacine Daddi-Addoun
<;, York

Pablo Gomez
Vanderbilt University
Oscar Grandío Moragúez
York University

Ismael Musah Montana
Northern Illinois University

Nadine Hunt <;,
York University
Carlos Franco Liberato
<;, York
University and Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Brazil* *

Jane G. Landers <;,
Vanderbilt University

Paul E. Lovejoy
<;, York
Mohammed Bashir Salau
University of Mississippi

Mariza de Carvalho Soares
<;, Universidade
Federal Fluminense

September 2008 African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter is Up

From the site:

In September’s newsletter, we feature: articles and essays by E. Kofi Agorsah, Thomas Butler, Jane Eva Baxter, John D. Burton, John Ringquist, Marty Wild, and Zacharys Anger Gundu; a compiled list of recent dissertations in African diaspora archaeology and history; news reports and announcements; and book reviews by James G. Gibb, Christopher Espenshade, John Roby, and B. R. Fortenberry.

The African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter is published quarterly and edited by Christopher C. Fennell, Assistant Professor of Archaeology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  It is free and available online.  Below is the TOC:

Articles, Essays, and Reports

News and Announcements

Conferences and Calls for Papers

Book ReviewsReview of “Subfloor Pits and the
Archaeology of Slavery in Colonial Virginia”
by James G. Gibb

Review of “The Potters of Buur Heybe, Somalia”
by Christopher Espenshade

Review of “Central Africans, Atlantic Creoles,
and the Foundation of the Americas, 1585-1660″
by John Roby

Review of “The Atlantic World: A History, 1400-1888”
by B. R. Fortenberry