This past week CLAW Director Sandy Slater interviewed Dr. Victoria Barnett-Woods about her new edited collection, Cultural Economies of the Atlantic World: Objects and Capital in the Transatlantic Imagination (2020). Dr. Victoria Barnett-Woods is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola University Maryland. To access this interview please use the following link: https://cofc.zoom.us/rec/share/Rek2Sl5rJD3H
Please join the IAAR this Friday and Saturday (November 13-14, 2020) as they commemorate 350 years of the Carolina-Barbados connection. The IAAR website has been updated with the titles of the presentations: https://www.sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/artsandsciences/centers_and_institutes/iaar/.
Please see the registration links below for the symposium.
Understanding and Dismantling Privilege Journal Special Issue on the theme All Black Lives Matter
“In response to the murder of Breonna Taylor and others, ongoing systemic anti-Black racism and the outpouring of support to disrupt these current inequities, Understanding and Dismantling Privilege seeks to publish a special issue illustrating that not only do Black Lives Matter, but All Black Lives Matter. Students (youth and adult), activists, scholars, educators, and practitioners are invited to submit scholarship, personal reflections, creative pieces, and action-oriented curricular ideas that speak to lived experiences and critically constructed perceptions of All Black Lives. This special issue intends to address the diversity of those who identify as Black and honor additional lived experiences and social identities.”
Works must be submitted by November 1, 2020. For further details please visit: Call for submissions: ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Building Justice From the Source
The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor NHA invites you to attend a live, virtual event on Thursday, October 29, at 4PM EST. This virtual event will bring together a group of emerging, traditional artists from across the nation: Jake Blount, Sara Makeba Daise, Marquise Knox and Latanya D. Tigner. They are all deeply rooted in traditional culture and drawing on that powerful wellspring to offer important, contemporary social critiques of race, racial injustice and notions of self-identity. Their work encourages us to shape new narratives around contemporary, cultural identities rooted in traditional ways of knowing, living and making art — yet keenly responsive to our current moment.
To register for this virtual event please visit: bit.ly/fromthesource
Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture: Black Women Warrior Week
The Avery Digital classroom is back with their weeklong event series: Black Women Warrior Week!
All event links are posted in their Instagram Bio: @AveryResearchCenter.
The Hines Prize is awarded to the best first book manuscript relating to any aspect of the Carolina Lowcountry and/or the Atlantic World. The prize carries a cash award of $1,000 and preferential consideration by the University of South Carolina Press for the CLAW Program’s book series. If you have a manuscript on a topic pertaining to the Carolina Lowcountry and/or Atlantic World, please send a copy to CLAW Director Sandra Slater firstname.lastname@example.org before May 15, 2021. If you have graduate students with potential manuscripts that could contend for the Prize, please make sure that they know of this biennial opportunity.
Black Freedom in the Age of Slavery
Race, Status, and Identity in the Urban Americas
John Garrison Marks
Prior to the abolition of slavery, thousands of African-descended people in the Americas lived in freedom. Their efforts to navigate daily life and negotiate the boundaries of racial difference challenged the foundations of white authority. Black Freedom in the Age of Slavery examines how these individuals built lives in freedom for themselves and their families in two of the Atlantic World’s most important urban centers: Cartagena, along the Caribbean coast of modern-day Colombia, and Charleston, in the lowcountry of North America’s Atlantic coast.
Built upon research conducted on three continents, this book takes a comparative approach to understanding the contours of black freedom in the Americas. It examines how various paths to freedom, responses to the Haitian Revolution, opportunities to engage in skilled labor, involvement with social institutions, and the role of the church all helped shape the lived experience of free people of color in the Atlantic World.
Now on sale! CROSSINGS AND ENCOUNTERS: RACE, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD, edited by Laura R. Prieto & Stephen R. Berry, with a foreword by Sandra Slater.
Inspired by the idea of Port Cities conference, CLAW faculty partnered with sailors from the Spirit of South Carolina to produce a short film about the culture of sailing. You can watch the film online at: Spirit of South Carolina: A Short Story of Life at Sea.
Earlier in the Spring semester, as a part of the LCWA World Affairs Signature Series Sea Life, Dr. Carl Wise and Dr. Blake Scott coordinated an oral history booth and educational talk aboard the Spirit of South Carolina.
In July of 2016 the Spirit of South Carolina was also featured in a Fox 24 Charleston segment titled Lowcountry Living: Spirit of South Carolina.
Ideas of home have taken on new meaning in this fraught moment of pandemic. For people less fortunate, home can represent insecurity and be charged with fear; and for those on the frontlines of COVID-19 it may be a place newly tenuous, frequented for momentary respite at best.
Dis/placements features ten artists whose works deal with issues of displacement from their ancestral homeland in various capacities. Artists were paired with writers who have offered their own reflections on the work and its relationship to the concepts of home and displacement. When taken together, this collection of work provides an opportunity to consider the traits and aspects that are both similar and jarringly disparate–from Asia to Africa, to Europe and the Middle East.