Ghosts of Amistad: Screening and Q&A with Philip Misevich and Konrad Tuchscherer, Thursday, October 27, 2016, 7:00-8:30pm, Del Mar Theatre (1124 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz)

Historians and filmmakers Philip Misevich and Konrad Tuchscherer of St. John's University join UC Santa Cruz's David Anthony and Greg O'Malley in a conversation about forced migration at this free, public screening of "Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels," 2016 winner of the American Historical Association’s John E. O’Connor Film Award.

July 29, 2016

By , Director, Chicano Latino Research Center 

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Inspired by Marcus Rediker's celebrated The Amistad Rebellion:  An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (Penguin, 2012), Tony Buba's 2014 documentary, Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels, chronicles Marcus Rediker, Philip Misevich, and Konrad Tuchscherer's trip to Sierra Leone in 2013 to visit the home villages of the people who seized the slave schooner Amistad in 1839, to interview elders about local memory of the case, and to search for the long-lost ruins of Lomboko, the slave trading factory where their cruel transatlantic voyage began. In addition to narrating history from below, Ghosts of Amistad enacts and exemplifies the power and importance of scholarship to transform our understandings of the past and present.  

The Chicano Latino Research Center and Institute for Humanities Research welcome historians and Ghosts of Amistad co-producers Philip Misevich and Konrad Tuchscherer to Santa Cruz for a free, public screening of their extraordinary documentary at the Del Mar Theatre in downtown Santa Cruz as part of Session I of Non-citizenship, our 2016-17 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture.  Session I approaches citizenship’s lengthy and complicated history by looking to the Atlantic Slave Trade.  As an example of forced migration, this case provides us with a rich opportunity to study differential inclusion, the fact that some members of society are integrated not as full citizens, but with a lesser status—for example, as slaves, colonized subjects, denizens, or second-class citizens.  Greg O'Malley, Associate Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz, moderates the Q&A with Professors Misevich and Tuchscherer immediately following the screening.  David Anthony, Associate Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz, opens and closes the evening. 

The screening of Ghosts of Amistad and Q&A with Professors Misevich, Tuchscherer, Anthony, and O'Malley are free and open to the public, but attendees are kindly asked to register in advance. 

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Professors Misevich, Tuchscherer, and O'Malley will also take part in "Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences beyond Academia," a roundtable on ways in which scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences share our research with audiences beyond academia on Thursday, October 27, 2016, 12:00-2:00pm, in Humanities 1, Room 210.  Due to limited space, the roundtable is open to UC Santa Cruz faculty, students, and staff.  UC Santa Cruz faculty, students, and staff should register for the roundtable here by Thursday, October 20.     

Philip Misevich & Konrad TuchschererPhilip Misevich is Assistant Professor of History at St. John's University.  He specializes in the study of the slave trade and the development of the Atlantic World.  His research focuses on the coerced migration of Africans throughout the nineteenth-century Atlantic world.  A practioner and developer of digital humanities scholarship, he is co-principal investigator of the African Origins database project and actively works with a team of scholars on Voyages:  The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, a project that details the movement of 35,000 slave vessels. 

Konrad Tuchscherer, Associate Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies at St. John's University, is a specialist in African history and languages.  His interests include nineteenth and twentieth century West Africa, colonialism in Africa, and Gullah history in South Carolina and Georgia.  His research experience in Africa includes Egypt, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and The Gambia.  He also serves as co-director of the Bamum Scripts and Archives Project at the Bamum Palace in Cameroon.

David Anthony headshotDavid Anthony, Associate Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz, researches and teaches on African and African-American history, art, music, literature, and cinema; eastern and southern Africa; African Languages; the Indian Ocean wold; African and African American linkages; African diaspora studies; Islamic civilization; and world history.  He is the author of numerous publications, including Max Yergan:  Race Man, Internationalist, Cold Warrior (New York University Press, 2006). 

omalley headshotGreg O'Malley is Associate Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz.  His first book, the award-winning Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619-1807 (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), explores a neglected aspect of the forced migration of African laborers to the Americas.  He is co-principal investigator of the NEH-funded “Final Passages Intra-American Slave Trade Database,” which documents more than 7,600 individual shipments of enslaved people between American colonies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  He is also conducting research for a new book, The Escapes of David George: One Man’s Struggle with Slavery and Freedom in the Revolutionary Era.

The free, public screening of Ghosts of Amistad at the Del Mar Theatre is co-sposored by the Chicano Latino Research Center and Institute for Humanities Research, with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.