William & Mary

Transatlantic, Team-taught Course on Slavery in History and Memory

This course will investigate how systems of slavery and ideals of freedom developed together in the Atlantic world from the fifteenth century to the nineteenth century. Students will examine various ways that individuals became enslaved and will research how enslavement continues to be remembered and represented in literature, landscape, social practices, and public memory-in West Africa, the Caribbean, and North America.  Various forms of historical evidence will be considered, including art, music, fiction, folklore, architecture, autobiography, and archaeological data. 

This Fall 2010 course is co-sponsored by the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and the Africana Studies Program.  An innovative feature of the course is that it will be team-taught by five instructors-four from William and Mary (Ted Maris-Wolf of the Institute, Joanne Braxton of English, Jim La Fleur of History, and Neil Norman of Anthropology) and one from West Africa. The visiting scholar will be Professor Wohelmina (Mina) Donkoh of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi, Ghana).

For more info on the course, please contact Ted Maris-Wolf at edmari@wm.edu.