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Cycle de conférences Caraïbes
Coordonné par Manuel Covo, Céline Flory et Romy Sánchez

Ce cycle de conférences porte sur l’histoire régionale de la Caraïbe, et ce dans un temps long qui enjambe la frontière entre période moderne et période contemporaine. Il s'agit de remettre en cause les multiples fragmentations imposées par des lectures insulaires, coloniales ou nationales d’un espace aux dimensions variables dans le temps. La Caraïbe questionne la frontière entre Amérique du Nord et Amérique du Sud et invite à s’affranchir d’historiographies surdéterminées par les aires linguistiques (anglophone, hispanophone, francophone etc.). Une série de rencontres entre chercheurs venus de tous horizons permettra d'aborder ces questions de multiples points de vue.


Séance du Vendredi 9 février 2018, de 15h à 18h – Salle 7,
EHESS, 105 boulevard Raspail, Paris 6e :

Manuel Barcia
Université de Leeds, Grande-Bretagne

Cannibalism, Superstition, and the Slave Trade :
The Peculiar Case of the Portuguese Schooner Arrogante in 1837

Cette séance est accueillie par le séminaire du CIRESC "Esclavage et post-esclavage : histoires, mobilisations et images dans le monde atlantique (XIXe-XXIe siècle)" et est réalisée avec le soutien du CERMA du laboratoire Mondes Américains et de l'IDA.

Après des études d'histoire à l'Université de La Havane, Manuel Barcia a obtenu son Master et sa thèse d'histoire à l'Université d'Essex où il a ensuite enseigné. Il a été professeur à l'Université de Nottingham avant d'être recruté à Leeds en 2006. Ses recherches portent sur l'histoire de l'esclavage et de la traite dans le monde atlantique du XIXe siècle. Il a écrit pour The Washington Spectator, The Huffington Post, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, et Al Jazeera in English.En 2014, il a reçu le Prix d'Histoire Philip Leverhume. Il est actuellement membre non-résident du Hutchins Center's Afro-Latin American Institute (Harvard University) et au printemps 2017 il a été visiting fellow au Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (Yale University).
Manuel studied History at undergraduate level at the University of Havana. He then took a MA in Comparative History and a PhD in History at the University of Essex. After concluding his PhD he went on to teach at the universities of Essex and Nottingham before coming to Leeds in 2006. Manuel's research focuses on the history of slavery and the slave trade in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world. Manuel is also a contributor to The Washington Spectator, The Huffington Post, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, and Al Jazeera in English. In 2014 he was awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhume Prize in History, given every year to researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising. Manuel is currently a Non-resident fellow at the Hutchins Center's Afro-Latin American Institute (Harvard University) and in the Spring 2017 he was a Visiting fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (Yale University).
Résumé de l'intervention :
The Portuguese schooner Arrogante was captured in late November 1837 by the HMS Snake, off the coast of Cuba. At the time, the Arrogante had more than 330 Africans on board, who had been shipped in the Upper Guinea coast. Once the vessel arrived in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the British authorities apprenticed those who survived. Shortly after landing, however, the Arrogante’s sailors were accused of slaughtering an African man, cooking his flesh, and forcing the rest of the slaves on board to eat it. Furthermore, they were also accused of cooking and eating themselves the heart and liver of the same man. This article focuses not so much on the actual event, as on the follow up transatlantic process where knowledge was produced and contested, and where meanings and predetermined cultural notions related to morality and natural laws were probed and queried. Overall, this sui-generis case offers hard-wearing evidence to suggest that Africans’ beliefs and fears on white cannibalism were not based solely in folklore, as it has been usually assumed, but that they may have been founded on assumptions about real incidents that took place in the Hidden Atlantic, away from ports, authorities and reliable witnesses.
Books / Livres
  • The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the Illegal Slave Trade, 1820-1867 (under contract with Yale University Press).
  • West African Warfare in Bahia and Cuba: Soldier Slaves in the Atlantic World, 1807-1844 (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2014); Sponsored by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.
  • The Great African Slave Revolt of 1825: Cuba and the Fight for Freedom in Matanzas (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2012).
  • Seeds of Insurrection: Domination and Slave Resistance on Cuban Plantations (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2008).
Articles and Book chapters (selected)/ Articles et Chapitres de livres (sélection)
  • '"To Kill all Whites": The Ethics of African Warfare in Bahia and Cuba, 1807-1844', Journal of African Military History 1, no. 1 (2017): 72-92.
  • 'Innovation and Entrepreneurship as strategies for success among Cuban-based firms in the late years of the transatlantic slave trade' (with Effie Kesidou), Business History (2017). DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2017.1332044
  • 'Going Back Home: Slave Suicide in Nineteenth-Century Cuba', Millars: Espai I Història 42, no. 1 (2017): 49-73.
  • 'Cuba in and after 2016: Some Initial Reflections', Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 26, no. 1 (2017): 3-5.
  • 'Fully Capable of any Iniquity: The Atlantic Human Trafficking Network of the Zangroniz Family’, The Americas 73, no. 3 (2016): 303-324.
  • ‘Powerful Subjects: The Duplicity of Slave Owners in Nineteenth-Century Cuba’, International Journal of Cuban Studies 7, no. 1 (2015): 99-112.
  • ‘West African Islam in Colonial Cuba’, Slavery & Abolition 35, no. 2 (2014): 292-305.
  • ‘An Atlantic Islamic Revolution: Dan Fodio’s Jihād and Slave Rebellion in Bahia and Cuba, 1804-844’, Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage 2, no.1 (2013): 6-18.
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