This week, the Atlantic Studies Podcasts of Note blog attempts to keep scholarship moving through our ears even in the depths of pandemic and protest. Episodes for this week focus on African history, hygiene, Caribbean privateers, African maritime heritage, and Acadia.
As well, this blog hopes to continue prompting thoughts, and discussions for those willing to post comments, on the continuing threats to the academy during a dark and troubling time of manipulated political discourse. On the eve of a significant political debate, it should be noted that it is much easier to sell false hope than confirm a dark reality. Hope, for all its beauty, can be a dooming force, especially in this age of increased death and disease.
Academic freedom is hurting in this moment when hope appropriately fades into patience and care, as forces of surveillance work to monitor and control the ability of historians, professors, and teachers to relay facts of American history to their students and the wider public. Facts of all kinds waver in a public sphere of demagoguery and cynicism, as trolls and bots maneuver the discourse to fit nefarious means. Politics shatters, with goals of anti-Democracy rising through a creeping of tactics that cordon off evidentiary knowledge as esoteric and unnecessary.
Beware of historical moments when governments attempt to control academic freedom.
Be strong in the abnormal.
Wear masks. Wash hands. Keep distance.
Atlantic Studies Podcasts of Note:
1) New Books Network – Francois-Xavier Fauvelle – The Golden Rhinoceros: Histories of the African Middle Ages
2) New Books Network – Stephanie Newell – Histories of Dirt: Media and Urban Life in Colonial and Postcolonial Lagos
3) New Books Network – Edgardo Perez Morales – No Limits to Their Sway: Cartagena’s Privateers and the Masterless Caribbean in the Age of Revolutions
4) Tall Ships – A Barque, a Brig, and a Schooner... Walk Into a Bar - “Our Lives Matter, Our History Matters - The Lives of Free and Enslaved African Heritage Populations in Atlantic Maritime Colonies” - Nicolas Hardisty and Keith Stokes.
5) Ben Franklin’s World – “Acadie 300” – Anne Marie Lane Jonah
This Day in History Class:
9/27/1924 – Bud Powell Born
9/24/1780 – Benedict Arnold Escaped
9/24/1572 – Tupac Amaru Executed
9/23/1838 – Victoria Woodhull Born
Remembrance of Past Podcasts:
Highly relevant to our current moment, Ben Franklin’s World released “A Brief History of the United States Supreme Court.”
New Book Network also released two important episodes on indigenous issues in Atlantic settings with Maurice Crandall’s These People Have Always Been a Republic: Indigenous Electorates in the U.S. Mexico Borderlands, 1598-1912 and Sarah Shulist’s Transforming Indigeneity: Urbanization and Language Revitalization in the Brazilian Amazon.