Being Nobody? Schedule

Friday, April 13

Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center (75 Waterman Street), Petteruti Lounge

5:00 p.m. Keynote Address:

Orlando Patterson (Harvard University):
“The Inventions and Moral Uses of Slavery: From Antiquity to Modern Trafficking”

Reception to follow

Saturday, April 14

Rhode Island Hall (60 George Street), Room 108

8:45 a.m. Coffee

Session One:

Kurt Raaflaub (Brown University), Session Chair

9:00 a.m. Heather Baker (University of Vienna): “Slavery and Personhood in the Neo-Assyrian Empire”

9:45 a.m. John Bodel (Brown University): “Death and Social Death in Ancient Rome”

10:30 a.m. Coffee

Session Two:

Kecia Ali (Boston University), Session Chair

10:45 a.m. Anthony Barbieri-Low (University of California, Santa Barbara): “Becoming Almost Somebody: Manumission and its Complications in the Early Han Empire”

11:30 a.m. Eve Troutt Powell (University of Pennsylvania): “Narrating the Self into Liberty in the Ottoman Middle East?”

12:30 p.m. Lunch

Session Three:

Seth Rockman (Brown University), Session Chair

2:00 p.m. Indrani Chatterjee and Sanjog Rupakheti (Rutgers University): “Lost Beyond Translation: Asian Structures of Adherence and Colonial Slave-Liberations”

2:45 p.m. Sandra Greene (Cornell University): “Defying Social Death/Negotiating Identity: Child Slaves in 19th Century West Africa”

3:30 p.m. Coffee

Session Four:

Walter Scheidel (Stanford University), Session Chair

3:45 p.m. Kyle Harper (University of Oklahoma): “Slavery, Sexual Honor, and Social Death in Classical Antiquity”

4:30 p.m. Junia Furtado (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais): “Slaves and Freedwomen in 18th Century Brazil: Conflicts and Paradoxes”


Sunday, April 15

Rhode Island Hall (60 George Street), Room 108

9:00 a.m. Coffee

Session Five:

Susan E. Alcock (Brown University), Session Chair

9:30 a.m. Joseph Miller (University of Virginia): “The Sociology of Slavery”

10:15 a.m. Michael McCormick (Harvard University): “Slavery from Rome to Medieval Europe and Beyond”

11:00 a.m. Coffee

Session Six:

John Bodel (Brown University) and Walter Scheidel (Stanford University), Session Chairs

11:15 a.m. Stanley Engerman (University of Rochester)

11:45 a.m. Round table discussion