Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 6:30pm
Matthew S. Hopper’s Slaves of One master: Globalization and Slavery in Arabia in the Age of Empire—a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Prize—explores the history of the African diaspora in Arabia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The book links the personal stories of Africans to the impersonal global commodity chains their labor enabled, demonstrating how the growing demand for workers created by a global demand—including from the United States—for Persian Gulf products led to the enslavement of Africans in eastern Arabia. Hopper will be in conversation with Eve Troutt Powell, C. Brown Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania .
Matthew S. Hopper is Professor of History at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.His research interests include world history and the history of East Africa, eastern Arabia and the Gulf in the 19th and 20th centuries. Specifically, his research focuses on the history of the African diaspora in the Middle East and the Western Indian Ocean and the comparative history of slavery and abolition. Dr. Hopper is working on a book project about Liberated Africans in the Indian Ocean World.
Eve Troutt Powell, H. Browne Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania is a historian of the modern Middle East and the history of slavery in the Nile Valley and the Ottoman Empire. Her most recent book is Tell This in My Memory: Stories of Enslavement in Egypt, Sudan and the Late Ottoman Empire (Stanford University Press, 2012). She is the author of A Different Shade of Colonialism: Egypt, Great Britain and the Mastery of the Sudan (University of California, 2003) and the co-editor, with John Hunwick, of The African Diaspora in the Mediterranean Lands of Islam (Princeton Series on the Middle East, Markus Wiener Press, 2002).