On 18 July 2023, Andrea C. Mosterman, Joseph Tregle Endowed Professor in Early American History at the University of New Orleans, will deliver a guest lecture on ‘Spaces of Enslavement and Resistance in Dutch New York’ at the IISH in Amsterdam. In this lecture, she will explore how Dutch descendants in early New York used their dominance in homes, churches, and public spaces to control the people they enslaved, while enslaved people resisted such control by escaping or modifying these spaces and expanding their mobility and activities within them. Such close analysis of enslavement in these spaces reveals that slavery in Dutch New York was an advanced system of violence and control that in many ways resembled those of slave societies in the South.
Andrea C. Mosterman is a historian of early America and the Atlantic World. In her work, she explores the multi-faceted dimensions of slavery, slave trade, and cross-cultural contact in the Dutch Atlantic and Early America with special emphasis on early New York. Her first book, Spaces of Enslavement: A History of Slavery and Resistance in Dutch New York, has been published in the fall of 2021 with Cornell University Press. Andrea is currently researching the 1663/1664 voyage of the Dutch slaver Gideon.
Commentator at this lecture will be Nancy Jouwe, cultural historian, working as a freelance researcher, writer, lecturer and public speaker with a focus on the (post)colonial past and present, intersectionality and social and cultural practices.
The lecture, discussion, and reception are open to the public and free of charge, but because of the accommodation, prior registration is requested. You can do so by sending an e-mail to Jacqueline Rutte.
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