The goal of this conference is to disclose "hidden" historical references to local and regional encounters with the trans-Atlantic slave trade, focusing on religious practices and artifacts that shaped changing political and economic relationships in "fetishized" forms of power and value.
Although the history of the Atlantic slave trade is rarely acknowledged in the popular imagination of West Africa and the Creole Caribbean, it has retreated, so to speak, within ritual associations and other practices as a restricted, secret history that is activated in various social and sacred domains.
We will highlight significant variations within regional worlds on both sides of the Atlantic. In West Africa, comparison of port cities along the coast will also extend to northern territories in the hinterlands where slave raiding occurred but is rarely acknowledged. In the Caribbean, regional contrasts between coastal and hinterland communities and social types will relate figures of the Montero, the Jíbaro, the Indio and the Caboclo to their ritual representations in Santería, Vodou, and Candomblé.
This conference is funded by the UCLA International Institute and the Burkle Center for International Relations through a Global Impact Research Initiative grant, and the Latin American Center.
Date: Saturday, April 23, 2005
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
6275 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Cost: Event is FREE and OPEN to the public.
Parking is available in Parking Lot 3 (enter from Hilgard Avenue) or Parking Lot 5, turn from Sunset Boulevard onto Royce Drive. Due to the Los Angeles Book Fair on campus, drivers are advised to park early, by 9:00 am because parking will be very busy after that time.
Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Latin American Institute, UCLA International Institute