Theresa Singleton (Professor of Anthropology, Syracuse University and Pitt Professor at the University of Cambridge 2021-2022)
About the Speaker
My areas of interest include historical archaeology, African Diasporas, Museums, North America, and the Caribbean. Throughout my career as an archaeologist, I have combined my research interests with developing museum collections, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and publications geared toward general audiences. I am particularly interested in comparative studies of slave societies in the Americas. I began my study of slavery in coastal Georgia where African-Americans descended from the former slave population are known as the Gullah-Geechee. (Gullah refers to both the creole language they speak as well as to the people themselves).
Since that time, I have conducted research, contributed to exhibitions, and published on various aspects of African-American life in the United States. More recently, I have undertaken archaeological research on slavery in Cuba, and in 2015, published a book on my study of a Coffee plantation. I am also working on another book publication focusing on comparing plantation life in the Caribbean and the United States.
An event organised by Archives of the Disappeared: Discipline and Method Amidst Ruin Network and co-sponsored by the Newnham College Legacies of Enslavement Committee and Decolonise Anthropology Society.
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