6 Apr 2017 - 7 Apr 2017 All day Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT


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Please note that papers will be presented in English or Spanish.



Bryan Cameron (University of Cambridge)

Brad Epps (University of Cambridge)



Various theoretical frames—the “Atlantic Triangle” and the more problematic “Hispanic Atlantic”, among them—have attempted to draw together diverse geographic locations of the Spanish empire, but have tended to privilege the thoughts and actions of Spaniards and White Spanish-speaking Creoles. Not withstanding growing attention to the Atlantic as a space of exploitation, transaction, conflict, negotiation, creation, and resistance, much scholarship on Spain and its former colonies continues to operate within an Ibero-American loop that obviates Africa and the Middle Passage. 

By bringing to the forefront the African dimension of Spanish colonialism and post-colonialism, we hope to contribute to a more nuanced understanding of the foundational trauma of slavery and its political and cultural legacies, whose British and Portuguese parameters have been more regularly and substantively addressed. Implicating over twenty-five present-day nation states in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Pacific, Spanish, our project is necessarily cross-cultural, international and interdisciplinary. Accordingly, it aims to bring into dialogue scholars working in a variety of fields—Latin American Studies, Asian Studies, African Studies, Economic History, Historical Anthropology, Visual and Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Gender Studies—in order to grapple with the discursive, visual, and material realities of slavery, the slave trade, and enslavement by other names and legal categories in the Spanish colonial sphere.




Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), the Modern Humanities Research Association, and the University of Cambridge's Department of Spanish & Portuguese. 


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Day 1 - Thursday 6 April
9.30 - 10.00

Registration and Tea/Coffee

10.00 - 10.15


10.15 - 12.45

1) Atlantic Routes: Movement, Exchange and Maritime Economies in the Modern Era

Moderator: Ola Gocławska (University of Cambridge)


Jerome Branche (University of Pittsburgh)

'Mare nostrum: Raciality, Stateism, and the Gran Caribe by way of Ramón Díaz Sánchez and Jesús Cos Causse'


Enrique Martino (University of Göttingen)

'Atlantic Remainders: Post-Abolition Forms of Unfree Labour in Spanish Guinea'


Lisa Surwillo (Stanford University)

'The Errant Slave: “La errante María” and Atlantic Traffic'

12.45 - 14.15


14.15 - 16.45

2) Re-mapping Hispanism: The Legacy of Afro-Hispanic Poetics in Spain and Latin America Today

Moderator: Carlos Fonseca (University of Cambridge)


Joanna Boampong (University of Ghana)

'(Un)making Hispanophone Bonds within Spanish Empire: A reconfiguration of Hispanism'


Landry-Wilfrid Miampika (Universidad de Alcalá)

'Poéticas diaspóricas de resistencias y emancipación'


Maimouna Sankhé Adebowale (University of Ghana)

'Del “migrante desnudo” a la “literatura migrante”: evolución de la producción artística y cultural africana en el mundo hispano'

Day 2 - Friday 7 April
9.30 - 10.00

Registration and Tea/Coffee

10.00 - 12.30

3) Re-constructing Histories: Storytelling, Testimonies and the Oral Tradition on Both Sides of the Atlantic

Moderator: Natasha Tanna (University of Cambridge)


Justo Bolekia Boleká (Universidad de Salamanca)

'La memoria entre la apropiación y la reapropiación en la creación literaria afrohispana. El caso de Guinea Ecuatorial'


Rosemary Clark (University of Cambridge)

'The Nomad’s Gift: Travellers and Tellers of Tales, Equatorial Guinean Women Writers and Oral Literature'


Graciela Maglia (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana)

'Resistencia afro en el Caribe colombiano: literatura oral de San Basilio de Palenque'

12.30 - 14.00


14.00 - 16.30

4) (In)Visible Subjects: Representing Slaves and Servants in the Trans-Atlantic World

Moderator: Rhiannon McGlade (University of Cambridge)


Agnes Lugo-Ortiz (University of Chicago)

'Rostro, cuerpo, animalidad: Lógicas del retrato esclavo en la emancipación transatlántica'


Benita Sampedro Vizcaya (Hofstra University)

'Houseboy stories: Picturing Everyday Life for Domestic Servants in Colonial Equatorial Guinea'


Fabienne Viala (University of Warwick)

'Cultural Agency in Puerto Rico: Embodying the Heritage of Slavery in Literature and Visual Arts'

16.30 - 16.45


16.45 - 17.45

Closing Roundtable

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