Conference: Free and unfree Labor in Atlantic and Indian Ocean Port Cities

Conference, 6-7 May 2016, Pittsburgh, United States

Free and Unfree Labor in Atlantic and Indian Ocean Port Cities (c. 1700-1850)

May 6-7, 2016, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Thursday 5 May

5:00 pm Welcoming reception (Hilton Garden Inn, Bar area)

Friday 6 May

9:00 am Registration

9:15-9:30 am Welcome

9:30-10:15 am Key note lecture 1: Seth Rockman, Brown University

10:15 am-12:15 pm: Labor in Atlantic Port Cities: Regimes, Structures, Linkages and Chains

Chair: Mike Thompson, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Leonardo Moreno-Alvarez, University of Pittsburgh

“Economic linkages and naval logistics in 17th century Cartagena”

Martine Jean, University of South Carolina, Columbia

“Free Africans, Slaves, and Convict Labor in the Construction of Rio de Janeiro’s Correction House: Atlantic Labor Regimes and Confinement in Brazil’s Atlantic Port-City”

Evelyn Jennings, St. Lawrence University

“The Path to Sweet Success: Free and Unfree Labor in the Building of Roads and Rails in Havana, Cuba, 1790-1835”

Robert J. Gamble, University of Kansas

“Governing Chains: Inspecting Goods and People on the North American Waterfront, 1780- 1830”

Comment: Niklas Frykman, University of Pittsburgh 12:15-1:30 pm Lunch

1:30-3:30 pm: Labor in Atlantic Port Cities: Mobility and Control

Chair: Anita Rupprecht, University of Brighton

Kevin Dawson, University of California, Merced “Enslaved Salvage Divers”

Pepijn Brandon, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

“Between the plantation and the port: Racializing labor control from New Amsterdam to Paramaribo”

Ty M. Reese, University of North Dakota

“Toiling for the Company: Agency, Alcohol and the African Laborers of Cape Coast Castle, 1750- 1820”

Mary Hicks, Amherst College

“Africanizing Atlantic Commerce: Enslaved and Free Sailors and the Maritime Trade in Dendê Oil and Pannos da Costa, from the Bight of Benin to Salvador da Bahia (1775 -1835)”

Comment: Seymour Drescher, University of Pittsburgh

4:00-5:15 pm: Gender, Status, and Work

Chair: Isaac Land, Indiana State University

Melina Teubner, University of Cologne “Preparing and selling food in Rio de Janeiro”

Rebecca Hartkopf Schloss, Texas A&M University

“‘Bad sorts’ and ‘good husbands’: Race, masculinity, and mixed-race deportees in the early nineteenth-century French Atlantic”

Comment: Françoise Vergès (Collège d’Études Mondiales, Paris)

5:30-6:00 pm Summary Remarks Day 1: Lex Heerma Van Voss, Huygens-ING, The Hague

7:00 pm Conference dinner (Lucca Ristorante, 317 S Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

Saturday 7 May

9:00-9:30 am: Registration

9:30-10:15 am: Key note lecture 2: Clare Anderson, University of Leicester

10:30 am-12:00 pm: Indian Ocean Port Cities: Migrant Workers, Travelers, Settlers and Slaves

Chair: John Donoghue, Loyola University Chicago

Titas Chakraborty, University of Pittsburgh

“Enslaved workers of the East India Company settlements in Bengal, 1700-1765”

Megan Thomas, University of California, Santa Cruz

“Lascars, Sepoys, and the Traveling Labor of British Empire (Manila, 1762-1764)”

Janet J. Ewald, Duke University

“Bondspeople, Freedpeople, and other Migrant Workers in the Ports and Vessels of the Northwestern Indian Ocean, 1830-1880”

Comment: Pernille Røge, University of Pittsburgh

12:00-1:30 pm Lunch

1:30-3:30 pm Atlantic and Indian Ocean Port Cities: Transitions and Comparisons

Chair: Patrick Manning, University of Pittsburgh

Karwan Fatah-Black, Leiden University and Matthias van Rossum, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam

“A world of labor and conflict – comparing labor relations and conflicts in Dutch Atlantic and Asian port cities (1600-1800)”

Forrest Hylton, Northwestern University

“Black and Red in Maracaibo? Specters of Haiti, Indigenous Jurisprudence, and the Limits of Revolution in 1799”

Filipa Ribeiro da Silva, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam

“Masters, Slaves and Free Workers: Tracing the Profile of the working population of the island of Mozambique and Inhambane, c.1800”

Preben Kaarsholm, Roskilde University

“From Protectors of Slaves to Protectors of Immigrants: Humanitarian Imperialism and the Transformations of Labor Recruitment in the Western Indian Ocean from the Early 19th Century”

Comment: Molly Warsh, University of Pittsburgh

4:00-5:30 pm Closing discussion

Chair: Pepijn Brandon, VU Amsterdam / International Institute of Social History

Marcel van der Linden, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam

Lara Putnam, University of Pittsburgh

Marcus Rediker, University of Pittsburgh