Past Event

The African Presence in the Americas as a Story of Immigration

July 8, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Escola de Comunicação da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

The African Presence in the Americas is automatically associated with slavery, but also the transatlantic transcontinental constitutes the first mass migration in the history of the hemisphere and humanity. The nine million Africans came to the Americas between 1492 and 1800 more than tripled the number of European immigrants during the period. Two million more arrived between the supposed abolition of slavery was declared by the British government in 1807, and by mid-century. The fact that this movement is directed to areas where the Aboriginal population was meager, or had disappeared as a cultural group, amplified its demographic, economic and socio-cultural impact. Today the number of Afro-descendants in the Americas is estimated at 180 million and they represent the majority of the population in almost twenty countries. This lecture deals with the African presence in the Americas not from the perspective of the historiography of slavery - that is immense - but as part of the history of migration and socio-racial formations in the New World.



José Moya

José C. Moya
BA, Kean University
MA, PhD, Rutgers University

José C. Moya, professor of history, joined the Barnard faculty in 2005 after teaching at UCLA for 17 years. In addition to his teaching duties for Barnard's Department of History, Professor Moya is affiliated with the Human Rights Studies Program. Professor Moya teaches courses in Latin American history, Latin American civilization, and world migration. He has written extensively on global migration, gender, and labor. Professor Moya has received three Fulbright Fellowships, a Burkhardt Fellowship, and a Del Amo Fellowship. His research and scholarship have also been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. His book, Cousins and Strangers: Spanish Immigrants in Buenos Aires, 1850-1930, received five awards. The journal Historical Methods devoted a forum to its theoretical and methodological contributions to migration studies.

Moya is currently editing Latin American Historiography for Oxford University Press, as well as working on the socio-cultural history of anarchism in belle-époque Buenos Aires and the Atlantic world. He is the Director of the Barnard Forum on Migration.