In conversation with Professor Manuel Barcia: Legacies of the slave trade: Epidemics, diseases, and medical knowledge
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An in-conversation webinar with Professor Manuel Barcia, Chair of Global History at the University of Leeds, run by the History and Heritage research theme under the School-wide Crisis and Culture research theme at the School of Modern Languages.
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As the slave trade brought Europeans, Africans, and Americans into contact, diseases were traded along with human lives. In this event, Manuel Barcia will examine the battle waged against disease, where traders fought against loss of profits while enslaved Africans fought for survival. Although efforts to control disease and stop epidemics from spreading brought little success, the medical knowledge generated by people on both sides of the conflict contributed to momentous change in the medical cultures of the Atlantic world.
Professor Manuel Barcia is Chair of Global History at the University of Leeds. Barcia is a scholar on the field of Atlantic and Slavery Studies and has published extensively on the subjects of slave resistance, slave rebellion, and on the transfers of West African warfare knowledge to the Americas, with an emphasis on nineteenth-century Brazil, and Cuba. This activity will particularly benefit students and colleagues in the Schools of Modern Languages, History and Medicine.
The event will be delivered in the medium of English. You are welcome to ask questions in the medium of Welsh during the Q&A session. If you intend to do this, please contact email@example.com by Tuesday 6 April to request simultaneous translation. Please note that 10% or more of those planning to attend will need to request this provision in order for it to be sourced and will be subject to resource availability.
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