Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 4:00 PM
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FUGITIVE LANDS: INDIGENOUS SLAVERY AND GENDER IN THE EARLY AMERICAN SOUTH
Thousands of Indigenous women and children were enslaved in South Carolina and Virginia during the colonial period of American history. Trafficked from their homelands across the Indigenous Southeast, they labored on tobacco and rice crops that were commodified for consumers across the Atlantic World. This lecture considers how to tell this Indigenous history of slavery and environmental displacement in concert with the better-known history of African slavery. Using the work of both Indigenous and Black feminists, I will consider the ethical implications and the potential for the “recovery” of enslaved Indigenous women and children’s experiences from within a violent colonial archive. I will also consider what using the land as an archive can reveal about how enslaved Indigenous people created new relationships to plantation environments and fugitive spaces of survival.
Hayley Negrin received her Ph.D. in History from New York University in 2018 and joined the faculty at UIC in 2018. She specializes in Native American history, slavery, and the history of women and gender in the Atlantic World. Her work has been supported by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Mellon Foundation, the John Carter Brown Library, the Huntington Library, the Jamestowne Society, and the Virginia Historical Society. Once an active organizer in the NoDAPL movement in NYC, she is interested in community engaged scholarship related to Indigenous environmental protection and gender equality.