This summer, I had the pleasure of presenting at the international colloquia ‘Saint-Louis du Sénégal and New Orleans: The Comparative and Linked History of Two Port Cities on Each Side of the Atlantic from the 17th to the 21st Centuries.’ The June session was the first of the two-part colloquia, both organized by Emily Clark of Tulane University, Cécile Vidal of l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and Ibrahima Thioub of Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal to compare and connect the history of Saint-Louis du Sénégal and New Orleans. My paper, “Femmes, soldats et esclaves: La traversée du monde atlantique français par des femmes de couleur libres;” “Wives, Soldiers and Slaves: Free Women of Color Cross the French Atlantic World” was paired with a paper by the amazing Jean Hébrard (UMich/EHESS) on the marchandes of eighteenth-century Saint-Domingue.
The second session will be held April 23-25 in New Orleans and coincides with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. I’ll be diving into amazing research and surrounded by great colleagues, delicious food, and a music festival in one of the best cities in the world. I couldn’t be more thrilled.
Valérie Nivelon of Radio France International and host of ‘Le Marche du Monde.’ joined us at the conference. Click away to hear and download her interviews with the organizers and musicians (along with some great music):