We invite proposals that examine the histories of health in the Americas, Africa, and beyond as shaped by the connections created by the Atlantic slave trade from the sixteenth century through the abolition of slavery in Cuba and Brazil at the end of the nineteenth century. Thus, we encourage proposals from across this longue durée and urge presenters to think deeply about these temporalities.
Proposals may consider the ways in which health, medicine, and healing shaped much of the culture of Atlantic slavery, and we hope to attract papers that consider the diversity of slave experiences in the Atlantic World. Possible topics include:
- History of the Body
- Drugs and Pharmacopeia
- The Rise of Professions
- Formation of Racial Ideologies
- Environmental Health
- Native American Slavery
- The New History of Capitalism
- Knowledge Production
- The Age of Abolition and Emancipation
We will convene on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Rice University in Houston, TX, with a keynote address from Sharla Fett, Professor of History at Occidental College, and conclude on Saturday, February 24 with a keynote address from Pablo Gómez, Assistant Professor of Medical History and History of Science at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Proposals should be in English and no more than 300 words. Please also include a CV. Additionally, papers presented will be considered for inclusion in a planned anthology to be published by a university press.
Proposals must be received by September 15, 2017 and should be sent via email to MedicineandSlavery@gmail.com or mailed to:
Medicine and Healing in the Age of Slavery
c/o Sean Morey Smith
Department of History-MS 42
PO Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892
Medicine and Healing in the Age of Slavery will take place on the campus of Rice University and has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Rice University Humanities Research Center and Department of History.
For more information, go to http://medicineandhealingintheageofslavery.blogs.rice.edu/