AUDIO: Lovejoy on Building Databases of Enslaved Africans | Africa Past and Present

On Africa Past and Present:

Paul Lovejoy, Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History at York University, discusses building an international database of biographical information on all enslaved Africans. He outlines this digital history project’s contribution to the study of slavery, race, and broader themes in global history. This is the first part of a two-part series recorded at the Atlantic Slave Biographies Database Conference at Michigan State University in November 2013. (Click here for Jessica Johnson’s Twitter timeline of the conference.)

Episode 79: Biographies and Databases of Atlantic Slaves, Part 1 | Africa Past & Present.

EDITED: Lovejoy and Bowser on Teaching the Atlantic Slave Trade

Paul E. Lovejoy, and Benjamin P. Bowser, eds. The Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery: New Directions in Teaching and Learning. Harriet Tubman Series on the African Diaspora. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2012.

The Harriet Tubman Institute is pleased to announce the Africa World Press publication of a new title in the Harriet Tubman Series on the African Diaspora.

Edited by Paul E. Lovejoy and Benjamin Bowser, “The Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery: New Directions in Teaching and Learning” is an anthology of papers reflecting on what we teach and the way we teach in breaking the silence on the subject of slavery and its consequences.

“How do we break the “chain of silence” in teaching slavery and the slave trade?”

“What psychological impact does studying slavery have on children?”

“How can this impact be influenced by teaching African and African diaspora history?”

Read more here:  The Harriet Tubman Institute

Call for Papers/Panels: Life Histories of African Slaves (ASA 2013 & AEGIS 2013)

via The Harriet Tubman Institute:

Over the last five years, Alice Bellagamba, Carolyn Brown, Sandra Greene and Martin Klein have been involved in a project to find and publish African sources on the history of slavery and the slave trade within Africa. The most recent was a conference in Berlin that dealt with work and life cycle. We are in the process of publishing documents and papers that have emerged from these conferences. One of our central concerns has been to understand the lived experience of slaves in Africa and in the slave trade out of Africa. To that end, three of us would like to push further in one area, the quest for life histories of African slaves. Some recent work has been done in this area by Paul Lovejoy and various collaborators, by Michael Larue and by Eve Troutt Powell. Are there more life histories out there? We think so. If so, we would like to organize panels at the biannual meeting of Africa-Europe Group of Interdisciplinary Studies (AEGIS) in Lisbon 26-28 June 2013 and at the African Studies Association Meeting in Baltimore 21-24 November 2013. Our goal would be to eventually publish a book of such narratives. These life histories can be biographical or autobiographical.
Interested persons should submit titles and abstracts to or or Please indicate which conference you wish to participate in. We need proposals for the AEGIS meeting by October 10. The ASA programme deadline will be much later. We have no funds for travel.
Alice Bellagamba, Sandra Greene and Martin Klein

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

Debating Olaudah Equiano

Olaudah Equiano Vincent Carretta and Paul Lovejoy debate Olaudah Equiano’s origins in the December 2006 and April 2007 issues of Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post Slave Studies.

The debate surrounds Vincent Carretta’s argument that there is convincing evidence that Equiano was not an African, as he claimed, but was born as a slave in South Carolina. In his biography of Equiano, Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self Made Man (University of Georgia Press, 2005), Carretta claims that Equiano fashioned an identity for himself as “the African,” partly as a rhetorical strategy to sway readers towards abolitionism.

In, “Autobiography and Memory: Gustavus Vassa, alias Olaudah Equiano, the Africa,” in the December 2006 issue of Slavery & Abolition, Paul Lovejoy disagrees:

Recent scholarship has raised doubts about whether or not abolitionist Olaudah Equiano, who was known in his own lifetime as Gustavus Vassa, was born in Africa. While baptismal and naval documents indicate that he was born in South Carolina, it is argued here that his autobiographical account is nonetheless accurate, although allowing for reflection and information that was learned later in life. Information on facial markings (ichi) and other cultural features that are recounted in Vassa’s account indicate that he had first hand experience of his Igbo homeland and that he was about the age he thought he was at the time of his forced departure from the Bight of Biafra on a slave ship in 1754. (Abstract from S&A website)

Vincent Carretta’s “Response” and Paul Lovejoy’s return, “Issues of Motivation: Vassa/Equiano and Carretta’s Critique of the Evidence” can both be found in the April 2007 issue.