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On West Africa, Britain, and the West Indies in the Eighteenth Century

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Seeking Presenters for a Panel at the 2019 African Studies Association (ASA) Annual Conference

Dear readers,

The African Studies Association (ASA) has released their call for papers for this year’s annual conference. The conference theme is “Being, Belonging, and Becoming in Africa,” and it will take place in Boston from Wednesday, 20 November to Sunday, 24 November. See the link below for information about the meeting on the ASA’s website. This year, I am interested in proposing a panel that interrogates how and why people have chosen to write African History throughout time. I will present a paper on the writing of African History in the precolonial period, and I am looking for presenters who are interested in talking about the colonial and precolonial periods. The papers may offer general context on the writing of African History during these periods, or they might offer a specific case study that shows how and why people turned to writing African History. If you are interested in being a part of this panel, and you think that your work fits nicely with the panel’s goals, please send me a message and let me know. I would love to talk with you about whether we can make this happen. The deadline for panel submissions is March 15. All other information related to the conference can be found on the ASA’s website.

Thanks!

Link to the ASA Website’s Information on Annual Meetings

Lecture for HIS 115A (Week One) — An Introduction to West Africa and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Dear readers,

This quarter I am posting lectures for my new class, “HIS 115A: West African History, the History and Memory of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.” This allows anyone who wants to follow along with the lecture component of the class to do easily. It is also helpful for me because it creates an online archive of my lecture materials that I can easily access from a computer without a USB or external hard-drive. The lecture posted below is my longest lecture of the course. It is my introductory lecture on Africa and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. It is meant to give students some basic facts, themes, and context concerning the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its history in Africa. The information is designed as a way to set students up for their research papers. Each student must write a research paper on a specific region of West Africa during the era of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and they must select their paper topics by the end of this week.  I gave this lecture to the class on Thursday, 10 January.  I have posted it below in two formats, with and without notes.

Thanks. Enjoy!

lecture 1 — introduction to the study of the tast in africa (r, 1-10)

lecture 1 — introduction to the study of the tast in africa (r, 1-10, with notes)

HIS 115A Starting Up This Week — Lecture Introducing Myself and the Class

Dear readers,

Winter Quarter at UC Davis begins next week! This means that I am starting to teach my new class, “HIS 115A: West African History, the History and Memory of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.” I have decided to post all of my PowerPoint presentations here on TZR for anyone who would like to follow along with the lecture component of the course. This is also helpful for me because it creates an online archive of my lecture materials that I can easily access from a computer without a USB or external hard-drive. I am giving the short lecture below at our first meeting on Tuesday, January 8. I wrote this lecture at the suggestion of my friend, who thought that it would be a good idea to devote some time on the first day to introducing myself to the students. This presentation is meant to give students some background on why I became interested in the history of Atlantic Africa, why I decided to design and teach this course on the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, and how my current research in the PhD program at UC Davis intersects with my pedagogy. I have posted the lecture in two formats, with and without my notes.

Thanks. Enjoy!

introducing myself and the class (1-8)

introducing myself and the class (with notes, 1-8)

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