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Lace End-to-End: Cotton, Lace, and Slavery

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Nottingham Trent University invites you to participate in an online seminar series: ‘Lace End-to-End’. This new online seminar brings together experts in the history of lace from raw materials to circulation, from the cotton plantation to the window curtain and wedding dress. In exploring the (social, cultural, political, and economic) meanings of lace at these various stages of its lifecycle and within global networks of production and consumption, the series will highlight themes of globalisation, technology, sustainability, identity and memory.

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This session considers another crucial raw material for lacemaking, and one strongly associated with the institution of chattel slavery: cotton. Luis Alberto Alves Coucerio (Universidade Federal do Maranhão) presents new research on cotton cultivation and the experiences of enslaved people in Maranhão, while Beverly Lemire (University of Alberta) discusses the ways in which practices associated with textiles – not just the cultivation of cotton itself – were implicated in the establishment and maintenance of classed, gendered, and racialised hierarchies.

Beverly Lemire is Professor & Henry Marshall Tory Chair at the University of Alberta, Canada. She publishes extensively on the circulation and deployment of material culture, including the gendered and racial politics these entail (c. 1600-1820).

Luiz Couceiro graduated in History from PUC-Rio de Janeiro (2000), Ph.D. (2008) in Anthropology from the Post-Graduate Program in Sociology and Anthropology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He completed his first post-doctorate at the Post-Graduate Program in Social Anthropology, National Museum, at the same institution. He was a sociology professor at UFRJ (2011-2014), then professor of Anthropology at the Federal University of Maranhão (UFMA), since 2014. He is part of the permanent faculty of the Graduate Program in History-UFMA. He was a free unpaid researcher at the Fernand Braudel Center-State University of New York (Binghamton-NY), from 2011 to 2020, where he did his second post-doctorate (2019-2020). He has experience in the areas of Anthropology, Sociology, and History, working mainly on the following themes: modern and contemporary societies with the enslavement of Africans and their right descendants; ethnohistory; anthropology of/in the archives; Atlantic connections between slavery and capital accumulation; insurrections and construction the conditions of existence for enslaved people (16th-19th century); religions of African origin; anthropology and historiography of the world capitalist system; anthropology, sociology, and history of schools and teaching-learning practices.

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All events start at 12 pm and are expected to be around an hour.

Image source: Original Format: University of British Columbia Library. Rare Books & Special Collections. World War I 1914-1918 British Press photograph collection. BC 1763.

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