Atlantic History:  This primary goal of this cluster is to generate innovative scholarship on the relations linking Africa, Europe and the Americas in the development of Western capitalism and modernity.  Relevant themes include the expansion of markets during the slave trade; the production of literary texts and forms of historical memory; the politics of religious dissent and conversion; the growth of colonial science and cartography; Native American ethnogenesis; the rise of abolitionist and Pan-African ideologies; and the dynamics of race, gender and creolization throughout the Atlantic world.

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Associated History Faculty include:  Andrew Apter, Robin Derby, Carla Pestana, Robin Kelley, Brenda Stevenson, Scot Brown, Margaret Jacob, Debbie Silverman, Bill Summerhill, Kevin Terraciano, Mary Terrall, Craig Yirush, Robert Hill, Fernando Pérez Montesinos.

Affiliated Faculty Outside History include:
Aisha Finch, Department of Gender Studies
Jorge Marturano, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Allen Roberts, Department of World Arts and Culture
Mary (Polly) Nooter Roberts, Department of World Arts and Culture
Patrick Polk, Fowler Museum
Dominic Thomas, Department of French and Francophone Studies
Elizabeth Deloughrey, Department of English
Judith Carney, Department of Geography
Peter James Hudson, Department of African American Studies
Stella Nair, Department of Art History
Jemima Pierre, Department of African American Studies

EVENTS FOR 2017-2018

All events will be held in Bunche 6275 on Thursdays from 12pm to 2pm unless otherwise noted.
*Outside Events

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February 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bunche 6275

A one-day symposium follows the 1586 voyage of the ship Red Dragon. The ship’s little-known logbook, documenting its journey from England, to Sierra Leone, Rio de la Plata and Salvador da Bahia, illuminates the early interconnected histories of Europe, Africa, and Latin America.


Vanessa Wilkie, Huntington Library

Eleanor Hubbard, Princeton University

David Wheat, Michigan State University

Kara Schultz, Vanderbilt University

Gabriel Rocha, Drexel University

Karen Ordahl Kupperman, New York University

This conference is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors at UCLA: Department of History Atlantic History Fund and Joyce Appleby Endowed Chair fund; Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library; Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS); and the Department of Geography

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For further information about the Atlantic History Emphasis, please send an email to Carla Pestana (