The Council on African Studies Lecture Series presents:
Carolyn Roberts, historian of medicine with a joint appointment in the departments of History/History of Science and Medicine and African American Studies, Yale University. “Studying West African Medicine in the Atlantic Slave Trade.”
Her research interests concern early modern medicine where she explores themes of race and slavery, natural history and botany, and African indigenous knowledge in the Atlantic world.
Professor Roberts is currently working on a book project called To Heal and To Harm: Medicine, Knowledge, and Power in the Atlantic Slave Trade. This manuscript represents the first full-length study of the history of medicine in the British slave trade. The book’s narrative is centered around the pharmaceutical and medical labor performed by a largely unknown group of African and British women and men, both enslaved and free.