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Have Confidence in the Sea: Archaeologies of Marronage

When: Tuesday, November 1, 2022
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CT

Where: Crowe Hall, 1-132 1860 Campus Drive., 1860 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: free

Contact: Nancy Cunniff   (847) 467-2294

Group: One Book One Northwestern

Co-Sponsor: African American Studies Department

Category: Lectures & Meetings, Academic, Multicultural & Diversity


In this talk, I discuss how archaeology has contributed to our understanding of marronage in the Atlantic world. Drawing from contemporary LiDAR and geospatial data in St. Croix and former Danish West Indies, I show how newer archaeological methods expand our understanding of maroon geographies and ecologies while also turning our attention toward maritime seascapes. Theoretically, I engage scholars in Black Geographies to think more critically about the sea/ocean as a site of history, memory, placemaking, and liminality, phenomenologically positioning bodies of water and seafaring vessels as a (de)generative space of Black Atlantic sociality and possibility. We can bridge terrestrial and maritime experiences by employing various “archaeologies” of marronage. 


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