Symposium: The Colonial Caribbean in Context


Location: 210-214 McKenna Hall

The Department of History is pleased to announce “The Colonial Caribbean in Context,” a symposium sponsored by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Henkels Lecture Series. The symposium features a series of talks by visiting scholars, current Notre Dame faculty, and graduate students on a variety of topics pertaining to European colonialism in the Caribbean between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries.

On Monday the symposium will bring together historians who have published extensively on various aspects of the slavery and empire in European Caribbean colonies and the wider Atlantic world.

At 1:30 in room 210-214, Matthew Mulcahy, Professor of History at Loyola University Maryland will speak on “‘The Surest and Severest of Calamities: Drought and the Plantation Colonies of the Greater Caribbean.”

Dr. Mulcahy’s talk will be followed by presentations by Notre Dame faculty, beginning with Sophie White, Associate Professor of American Studies, who will discuss “Labors of Love in Caribbean Louisiana.” Mariana Candido, Associate Professor of History, will speak on “Status, Wealth, and Race in the South Atlantic World: The Circulation of Free African Women between West Central Africa and Brazil."

At 3:30pm, in McKenna Conference Center, room 210-214, Trevor Burnard, Professor of History and Head of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, will speak on “The Atlantic American Revolution: Loyalism and Rebellion in British Plantation Societies.”