Graduate Symposium

Research and Evidence:
Cities in the Global South


A Graduate Symposium organized by the Greater Atlanta Latin American and Caribbean Studies Initiative

Co-sponsored by
The Program in World History and Cultures at Georgia State University,
The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence at Emory University, &
The President’s Office & the Department of History at the University of Georgia

Beginning in the 16th century, cities in the New World quickly became hubs of connectivity. People, products, and ideas traveled within and between urban areas in the Atlantic World. These cities were centers of cultural innovation, political activism, and commercial activity. Over the course of the last five centuries, connections across the world have become increasingly complex and the cities of the Atlantic World have been crucial to the cultural, political, and economic trajectory of globalization in the early-modern and modern eras. Our symposium will highlight the centrality of the global cities of the New World on the world stage and will explore new methodologies for understanding the histories of the people, objects, and ideas that shaped and were shaped by their locations.


Thursday, November 10, 2016 at the University of Georgia, Athens

Opening Remarks: 10:00am, Tate Student Center (TSC), Room 137

Claudio Saunt, Chair, Department of History, UGA

Session 1: 10:30am-12:00pm

Panel 1: Geography of the Atlantic World, TSC, Room 138 

Matthew Burkhalter, UGA, “Ornamental Southern Gardens in the Atlantic World, 1800–1860”
Jyotsna Vanapalli, GSU, “Cartography of Competition: Maps, Power, and Identity”
Laura Drummond, GSU, “How the Car Won the Road” (Atlanta)
Adam Liddle, GSU, “Hessians in the American Revolution”
Zach Allen, UGA, “The Secret Slave Society”

Panel 2: Economics of the Atlantic World, TSC, Room 143

Alexandra Greco, UGA, “Central Banking in Latin America: Atlantic and Global Contexts?”
Hugh McGlade, Emory, “Starved of Cash: Finance, Diplomacy, and the Making of the Food Supply Division in Brazil, 1939-1942”
Dail Edwards, GSU, “Money or Mercy: Why Did the British Really Abolish the Transatlantic Slave Trade?”
Gabriell Johnson-Cameron, UGA, “Scotland’s involvement in the Atlantic Slave Trade”

12:00-1:00pm Lunch, TSC, Room 137

Session 2: 1:00-2:30pm

Panel 1: Religion in the Atlantic World, TSC, Room 138

Shawn Dommer, GSU, “May the Road Rise Up to Meet You: How a Predominantly Irish-Catholic Parish in a Predominantly Protestant Nation Taught French Colonial Refugees How to be America”
Xanda Lemos, Emory, “We are Going to Rule the World:” Tim Maia’s Songs of Conversion”
Julia Stover Mumford, GSU, “From Salem to Popo Country: Politics of Witchcraft in British Colonial America”
Hunter Hellwig, UGA, “Slavery in Ebenezer, Georgia”

Panel 2: Nations and Empires in the Atlantic World, TSC, Room 143

Kate Korth, UGA, “La Revolución Feminista”: Mexican Women’s Participation in the 1922 Pan-American Women’s Conference”
Jacob Dent, GSU, “Around the Cinema in 27 Films: Cantinflas and His Legacy”
Katie Dudman, GSU, ‘Lost Children’ and Historical Memory: Civil Rights Violations in Argentina’s Dirty War
Marissa Nichols, Emory, “Vaccination and Politics in Mexico after 1952”

Keynote Address: 2:45-4pm, TSC, Room 137

Introduction: J.T. Way, GSU

Yanna Yannakakis, Emory University, “Taking the Courts to the Fields: Native Jurisdiction, Judicial Violence, and Agrarian Conflict in Colonial Oaxaca”

Book Talk and Reception: 4:00-5:00pm



Introduction: Jeff Lesser

Jennifer Palmer, University of Georgia, Intimate Bonds: Family and Slavery in the French Atlantic (UPenn, 2016)


Friday, November 11, 2016 at Georgia State University, Atlanta

Opening Remarks: 10:00am, Troy Moore Library, 25 Park Place, 23 Floor

Julia Gaffield, GSU

Session 3: 10:30am-12:00pm

Panel 1: The Changing Networks of Empire and Nation, Troy Moore Library

Patrick Nichols, GSU, “Contraband into Commerce: Privateers, Piracy, and the Merchants of Early English Jamaica, 1655-1692
Eduardo Meijia, GSU, “Sir Guy Carleton, George Washington, and the evacuation of liberated slaves from New York”

Panel 2: The Nation and the International, 25 Park Place, Room 2040

Anthony Tipping, Emory, “Making the national, international: Rio de Janeiro’s International Exposition of 1922”
Emily Coady, Emory, “Progressivism and Sanidad Publica: Syphilis Studies in Guatemala, 1946-1948”
Evan Meehan, GSU, “Developing Business Relations and International Expositions: Mexico at the Atlanta International Cotton Exposition (1895)”

12:00-1:00pm Lunch, Troy Moore Library

Session 4: 1:00-2:30pm

Panel 1: Migration in the Atlantic World, Troy Moore Library

Alexander Cors, Emory, “Settling the Goths at the Gates of Rome?”: Spanish Immigration Policies in Colonial Louisiana, 1762-1803
Anna Tucker, GSU, “Traveling Rhetoric: The Negotiation of Shanghai Jewish Immigration Identity and Policy in Media, 1949-1950”
Craig McPherson, GSU, “Jamaica: Paradise or Purgatory” (Jamaica, immigration and the American Rev)
Ethan Key, GSU, “Twelve Tribes in Ethiopia: The Rastafarian Community and Its Relationship with the People of Shashamane, Ethiopia”

Panel 2: Women in the Atlantic World, 25 Park Place, Room 2040

Leslie Whitmire, GSU, “The Fight for Self: Re-Gendering the African Slave Woman”
Megan Neary, GSU, “Global Perceptions of Free Women of Color in the Atlantic World, 1700-1850”
Hannah Abrahamson, Emory, “The Interpreter’s Legacy: Reassessing Malintzin through Her Daughter’s Probanza”
Steven Saunders, GSU, “Unfortunate Ladies: Gender and Subversion in Leonora Sansay’s Secret History

Panel 3: Resistance and the Power of the State, 25 Park Place, Room 2150

John Horhn, GSU, “Resistance to Colonial Power in the French Atlantic”
Curtis Davis, GSU, “Remembrance of Civil War: The Murals of El Salvador”
Shari Wejsa, Emory, “Truth for whom?: Dialoguing Afro-Brazilian Silences in Brazil’s National Truth Commission (CNV)”

Keynote Address: 2:45-4:15pm

matt-picIntroduction: Tom Rogers, Emory University

Matt Childs, University of South Carolina, “Who Was Havana’s Sister City in the Atlantic World?: Seville’s Imperial Legitimacy of Limpieza de Sangre; Or, Ouidah and Luanda’s Cultural and Social Kin Relations