The Early Modern Global Caribbean

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The Caribbean played a central role in the global transformations that began in the fifteenth century. This virtual conference at the Huntington (San Marino, CA) explores the regional, Atlantic, and World approaches to the Caribbean, and what they each mean for thinking about the transformations within and beyond the Caribbean between ca. 1500 and 1800.

9am – Welcome and Introduction: Steve Hindle, The Huntington

Carla Pestana, UCLA (Convener)
Molly Warsh, University of Pittsburgh (Convener)

9:15am – Geographies of Exchange

David Wheat, Michigan State University – Catalina de los Santos: Caribbean Widow and Shipowner of African Descent in Terceira, Seville, and Tenerife (1592-1593)

Justin Roberts, Dalhousie University – Mosquitos and Slaves: Disease, Migration, and Labor in the Seventeenth-Century Global Tropics

Shantel George, Marist College – The Kola Nut in Caribbean History: Local and Global Circulations

10:45am – Circulating Bodies and Knowledge

Melissa N. Morris, University of Wyoming – The Influence of the Environment and Peoples of the Caribbean on Later Colonization Efforts

Jesse Cromwell, University of Mississippi – Scattered to the Winds: Canary Islanders, The Bourbon Reforms, and the Repopulation of the Spanish circum-Caribbean

Sasha Turner, Johns Hopkins University – Domesticated, Commodified, and Cultivated: The (In)visible and the (In)alienable in Care and Medical Work

1pm – Self-Liberation in the Caribbean

Rob Schwaller, University of Kansas – Undoing Spanish Conquests: The Territoriality of African and Indigenous Maroons in Sixteenth Century Hispaniola and Panama

Gabriel Rocha, Brown University – Runaway Ecologies: Between the Matos of São Tomé and the Montes of the Caribbean in the Early Sixteenth Century

Elena Schneider, UC Berkeley – Escaping Slavery by Sea: Knowledge Networks and Self-Liberation in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

2:30pm – Logics of Profit

Pablo Gomez, University of Wisconsin – Early Modern Caribbean Slavery and the Imagination of Universal Quantifiable Bodies and Diseases

Pernille Roege, University of Pittsburgh – Foreigners and Foreign Capital in the Danish West Indies, ca. 1750-1800

Brett Rushforth, University of Oregon – Marronage and Informal Economies in the French Caribbean


Friday 18 September 2020, 9am–5pm PST


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