Comparative Literature Lecture Series

"The Iconography of Death in the Logbooks of the Dutch Atlantic Slave Trade of the Eighteenth Century"

Sluyter Lecture

Presenter: Dr. Andrew Sluyter

February 23, 2023, 12-1 PM.

Dean's Office, Hodges 155.

Andrew Sluyter's research concerns understanding racialized places and landscapes in order to contribute to decolonization, a more diverse and inclusive society, and more sustainable and just relationships with nature. He is the author of Colonialism and Landscape, a seminal book on settler colonialism, Black Ranching Frontiers: African Cattle Herders of the Atlantic World, 1500-1900, which revealed the long-silenced voices of people of African origin in the establishment of cattle ranching throughout the Americas, including iconic herding practices such as lassoing cattle from horseback that have long been assumed—wrongly—to have European origins.

His most recent book, the prize-winning Hispanic and Latino New Orleans: Immigration and Identity since the Eighteenth Century, demonstrates the ways in which various Hispanic and Latino communities have long played central roles in creating New Orleans and its remarkable sense of place. Honors include the J. B. Jackson Book Prize from the American Association of Geographers, the Carl O. Sauer Distinguished Scholarship Award from the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers, and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and Carnegie Foundation. He has served as the Executive Director of the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers and Editor in Chief for the Americas for the Journal of Historical Geography. Popular media such as CNN, The Guardian, Financial Times, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, The Advocate, and others have reported on his research.