‘On Race and Reinscription: Writing Enslaved Women Back into the Early Modern Archive’
In this lecture, Jennifer L. Morgan uses the history of three black women from the sixteenth and seventeenth century to explore questions of methodology and evidence in the early history of the black Atlantic. Through evidence from visual art, law, and commerce Morgan considers the challenges and possibilities of crafting a social historical study of women whose voices are so often absent from the archival record but whose lives and perspectives have proven to be essential for comprehending the origins of racial capitalism.
Jennifer L. Morgan is Professor of History at New York University. She is the author of the Reckoning with Slavery: Gender, Kinship and Capitalism in the Early Black Atlantic (Duke University Press, 2021) awarded the Mary Nickliss Prize in Women’s and/or Gender History from the Organization of American Historians and the Frederick Douglass Prize from the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. Morgan is the Council Chair for the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture. She is the past-Vice President of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians and a member of the Association of Black Women Historians.
Date: Thursday 4 May 2023
Time: 6:15pm – 7:30pm
Location: University of Melbourne Parkville Campus: Forum Theatre (153), Arts West – North Wing (148A)