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Book Talk: Activating the Past: History and Memory in the Black Atlantic World

A discussion of the book Activating the Past: History and Memory in the Black Atlantic World with UCLA professors Andrew Apter, Lauren Derby & Robert Hill.

Thursday, May 26, 2011
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall (10th Floor)
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Activating the Past explores critical historical events and transformations associated with embodied memories in the Black Atlantic world. The assembled case-studies dis-close hidden historical references to local and regional encounters with Atlantic modernity, focusing on religious festivals that represent political and economic retionships in “fetishized” forms of power and value. Although memories of the slave trade are rarely acknowledged in West Africa and the Americas, they have retreated, so to speak, within ritual associations as restricted, repressed, even secret histories that are activated during public festi-vals and through different styles of spirit possession.

Andrew Apter is Professor of History and Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he directed the James S. Coleman African Studies Center. His books include Black Critics and Kings: The Hermeneutics of Power in Yoruba Society (1992), The Pan-African Nation: Oil and the Spectacle of Culture in Nigeria (2005), and Beyond Words: Discourse and Critical Agency in Africa (2007), all with the University of Chicago Press.

Lauren (“Robin”) Derby is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her publications include The Dictator's Seduction: Politics and the Popular Imagination in the Era of Trujillo (2009), and articles on rumor and politics in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Puerto Rico.

Pay-by-space parking available in lot 3.

Cost : Free and open to the public.

African Studies CenterUCLA

Download file: ActivatingthePast-zx-q2l.pdf

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Latin American Institute, Bunche Center for African American Studies, LAI Cuba & Caribbean Working Group

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