Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Lunch Talk with Professor Pablo Sierra-Silva

Thursday, March 1, 2018

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Seminar Room, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (94 Waterman St.)

Join us for a CSSJ Lunch Talk with Professor Pablo Sierra-Silva (Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellow, John Carter Brown Library).

Professor Pablo M. Sierra-Silva's research is centered on the experiences of enslaved people, mostly Africans, South Asians and their descendants, in the cities of colonial Mexico (New Spain) during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His first book, Urban Slavery in Colonial Mexico: Puebla de los Ángeles, 1531-1700 (Cambridge Press, 2018), reassesses the inner dynamics of the transatlantic slave trade to Puebla and demonstrates that, by the end of the seventeenth century, enslaved families and their allies successfully eroded the foundations of slaveholder power in colonial Puebla. His next research project, “Veracruz, Charleston and the Pirate Raid of 1683,” examines the violent dispersal of approximately 1000 people of African descent across various Caribbean and Atlantic settlements following Laurent de Graaf’s devastating attack on Veracruz.

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