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Recovering Afro-Hispanic Lives from Spanish Colonial Records...and Making them Available Digitally

Jane Landers, Professor at Vanderbilt University

22 January 2014, 2:30 pm, Smathers Library (East)1A, University of Florida at Gainesville

Jane Landers, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History (Vanderbilt University), will present from her current project, a biography of Francisco Menendez, and on the digital humanities project she directs, "Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies" (ESSSS). Professor Landers will address the rich documentary records available for persons of African descent in Spanish colonial archives, including those in Florida, and describe how unearthing one African man's fascinating life led to archaeological projects, publications, museum exhibits and, finally, a digital archive of similar records collected in Florida, Cuba, Brazil and Colombia.

The recipient of many prestigious grants including a Guggenheim and an ACLS, Jane Landers is an historian of Colonial Latin America and the Atlantic World specializing in the history of Africans and their descendants in those worlds. She is the author of Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolutions (Cambridge, Mass., 2010) which was awarded the Rembert Patrick Book Award and honorary mention for the Conference on Latin American History's 2011 Bolton Johnson Prize for the best English-language book on any aspect of Latin American History. Her first monograph Black Society in Spanish Florida (Urbana, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005) was awarded the Frances B. Simkins Prize for Distinguished First Book in Southern History and was a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title. Landers co-authored the college textbook, The Atlantic World: A History, 1400-1888 (Harlan Davidson, 2007) and edited Colonial Plantations and Economy in Florida (Gainesville, 2000, 2001) and Against the Odds: Free Blacks in the Slave Societies of the Americas (London, 1996). She also co-edited Slaves, Subjects and Subversives: Blacks in Colonial Latin America (Albuquerque, 2006), and The African American Heritage of Florida (Gainesville, 1995) which won the Rembert Patrick Book Award and a commendation from the American Society for State and Local History.

This event is co-sponsored by the UF Department of History, the Center for the Humanities in the Public Sphere, Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences, Library East, and the Tropical Conservation and Development Program of the Center for Latin American Studies.

This event is free and open to the public.

Address questions to Professor Leah Rosenberg at or 294-2848

This description was copied from the University of Florida page found here, with hyperlinks added on January 17, 2014.