Talk by Professor Rachel O'Toole of UC-IrvineThursday, November 3, 2016 - 1:00pm
Professor Rachel O'Toole of UC-Irvine will present: Between Men: Fugitives and the Making of Slavery in Colonial Peru
In the Spanish Americas, fugitive slaves, especially those led by West Central Africans, contested slavery and threatened slaveholders, who, simultaneously, valued armed black men to militarily defend the realm. This presentation explores how West Central Africans and colonial Iberians shared a common religion of Catholicism and were participants in an Atlantic world of racial politics and cultural encounters. With a focus on the northern Peruvian coast in the mid-seventeenth century, how, then, did colonial Iberian and West Central African men understand each other’s masculine claims to both the practices of enslavement and the articulations of freedom? I suggest that fugitives pursued freedom in their political claims, military maneuvers, and gendering practices, illuminating the currency of masculine loyalty within the logic of early modern slaveholding in colonial Spanish America.