Event brings scholars from around the world to St. Maarten: Symposium on archeology and slavery at university

POSTED: 01/22/13 12:39 PM

St. Maarten – A two-day symposium on the archeology of slavery in St. Maarten is the highlight of a Eurotast training initiative that will begin on February 1 at the Fellows Field School in Statia. The event is hosted by the St. Maarten Archeological Center Simarc and the St. Eustatius Center for Archeological Research Secar in cooperation with Leiden University.

The Eurotast training begins with a seven-day course in practical field work that will take place in Statia. The stage for the course is an enslaved African village site associated with an 18th century sugar plantation. The training introduces Eurotast fellows to basic field techniques and provides an opportunity to work on an archeological site linked to colonial slavery in the Caribbean.

The symposium will take place on Friday February 8 and Saturday February 9 at the University of St. Martin on Pond Island. The first day is open to the public, starting at 9 a.m. With twelve international speakers and presentations by among others Rhoda Arrindell, Lasana Sekou, Clara Reyes, Daniella Jeffry, Shujah Reiph, Fabian Ade Badejo and Jose Lake Jr. the symposium seems set to unearth a lot about the slavery history. The symposium is entitled The Archeology of Slavery: Reclaiming African identity from Africa to the Americas.

Among the speakers on the first day are Dr. Jay Haviser (Simarc), Professor Kodzo Gavua (University of Ghana), Ruud Stelten (Secar), Dr. Artwell Cain (Institute of Cultural Heritage and Knowledge). Professor Theresa Singleton (Syracuse University) will close the day with a public keynote lecture entitled Why archeology matters in the study of slavery.

On the second day speakers are Professor Paul Lane (University of York), Professor Theresa Singleton, Dr. Jonathan Finch (University of York), Dr. Patrice Courtaud University of Bordeaux), Professor Antonio Salas ((University of Santiago de Compostela), Dr. Rachel Horlings (Syracuse University), Murilo Bastos (University of Rio de Janeiro), and dr. Hannes Schroeder (University of Copenhagen). Professor Tom Gilbert (University of Copenhagen) will lead a brief panel discussion, followed by an ethics roundtable led by professor Kate Robson-Brown of the University of Bristol.

Eurotast is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network, supporting a new generation of science and humanities researchers to uncover and interpret new evidence on the history and contemporary legacies of the transatlantic slave trade. The network will be running for four years from 2012 to 2016, and will enable 13 PhD researchers in history, archaeology, social anthropology and population genetics to work collaboratively across disciplines to provide new perspectives on this history, the organization explains on its web site. “Our research will be focused on three themes: Origins, Life Cycles, and Legacies, which we hope will not only lead us to further detail on the slave trading system, but also help us demonstrate how slavery fundamentally shaped the cultural and biological experiences of people of African descent around the world.”

Simarc and the Leiden University are also commemorating a professional academic discussion about slavery and the slave trade, Dr. Haviser said in a press statement. A Danish film crew will document the events of the Eurotast program.

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