Category History

10.21.15

The Republic of the Unlettered: Intellectual History, the Enlightenment, and the Law in the Spanish Empire

Humanities Forum, Webb Lecture
Bianca Premo, associate professor of history, Florida International University
Wednesday, October 21 | 4 pm
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

This talk explores what it means to write an intellectual history of the Enlightenment among people who could not read or write—namely enslaved people, women, and the indigenous inhabitants of the colonial Spanish America who sued in royal courts during the eighteenth century. (Click heading for full description.)

11.18.15

China’s Forgotten Gated Communities

Humanities Forum
Tong Lam, photographer and associate professor of history, University of Toronto
Wednesday, November 18 | 5:30 pm
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

In post-socialist China, gated communities have become conspicuous symbols of affluence for the country’s rising middle class amid the so-called “economic miracle.” However, Chinese cities also have many not-so-visible neighborhoods with mostly low-income migrant workers from the countryside that are physically being gated off in the name of urban beautification and social management. (Click heading for full description.)

12.2.15

Freedom Marooned: An Atlantic Slave Rebellion in the Dutch Caribbean

Humanities Forum
Marjoleine Kars, Dresher Center fellow, chair and associate professor of history, UMBC
Wednesday, December 2 | 4 pm
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

In 1763-1764, five thousand slaves in the Dutch colony of Berbice in South America rebelled. The extraordinary judicial records of the uprising allow for an examination of the internal dynamics of rebellion. Mapping the politics among the enslaved, rather than merely their interactions with European colonists, shines a light on the many Afro-Berbicians who, eager to remain both master-less and alive, struggled to dodge all combatants, whether Dutch and their Amerindian allies, or rebels. (Click heading for full description.)

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