Slavery, the slave trade and the built environment

This seminar course is offered as a companion to the conference Landscapes of Slavery, Landscapes of Freedom: the African Diaspora and the American Built Environment, scheduled to take place in November 2021. The goal of the seminar is to expand on the topic of racial slavery and its effect on the landscape of North America by examining the historical roots of slavery in the Atlantic world, from the times of the Roman empire to the early modern period and beyond, including a critical examination of contemporary examples. 

Because the study of slavery is addressed by multiple disciplines, this course will unfold through guest speakers’ talks, in addition to instructor’s lectures, that will address such topics as slavery and urbanization in colonial South and Central America, the transfer of knowledge, in addition to labor, between West Africa, Europe and the Americas, and the economy of the slave trade among others.