Refuse Lives, Disposable Bodies: A History of the Human and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019 • 4:00 pm

Marisa Fuentes, Associate Professor Women and Gender Studies and History

Marisa Fuentes, Rutgers University, Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies and History, lectures on the history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade with her talk entitled: “Refuse Lives, Disposable Bodies: A History of the Human and the Transatlantic Slave Trade”.

Marisa J. Fuentes’ scholarship brings together critical historiography, historical geography, and black feminist theory to examine gender, sexuality, and slavery in the early modern Atlantic World. She teaches courses in the History and Women’s and Gender Studies departments on topics ranging from early modern Caribbean history and women’s and gender history in the United States to feminist theories and methodologies.

She has written a number of articles, book chapters, and book reviews, including “Power and Historical Figuring: Rachel Pringle Polgreen’s Troubled Archive,” which won the Andres Ramos Mattei-Neville Hall Article Prize. She is also the co-editor of Scarlet and Black: Slavery and Dispossession in Rutgers History, Volume I (Rutgers University Press, 2016), and the ‘Slavery and the Archive’ special issue in History of the Present (November 2016). Her next project will explore the connections between capitalism, the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the disposability of black lives in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

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