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Date: Mar 06, 2019

Gender, Race and Household in Early Contact Period Caribbean Research Seminar, April 3, 2019

Contributions and Contradictions of Approaches Offered by History and Archaeology

The Research Group Dependency, Gender and Labour in the Household" is organizing a number of research seminars in 2019. The second seminar will be on:
April 3, 2019, 10:00 am 
Center of Dependency and Slavery Studies
Genscherallee 2, 2nd Floor, 53113 Bonn

Columbus’s HouseThe seminar will be on Gender, Race and the Household in Early Contact Period Caribbean. It will deal with contributions and contradictions of approaches offered by history and archaeology.
The St. Augustine pattern is a concept by Kathleen Deagan (1974). It argues that cohabitation between Spanish men and Native American and African women in households resulted in a gendered form of cultural transitions. Indigenous or African elements dominate the private sphere, while Spanish components define the public sphere. It has been a leading theory in the analysis of household, gender and race – not only in the archaeology of the Spanish Americas, but in different colonial contexts.


Even if it is criticized as too generalizing and binary, the concepts of household analysis developed by Deagan are still used to discuss the households in the colonial Caribbean. In household research, archaeologists focus on space and material culture, while historians rely on economical and legal documents. This difference of entry points in household and gender research leads to variations in the definition of "a household" as well as different research questions asked by historians and archaeologists.

In this seminar, we will discuss the specifics of early colonial Caribbean households and look into how history and archaeology can complement each other.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Dita Auzina for the list of suggested readings; [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.].

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