IAP-UAM Lecture Series with Manuel Barcia: "The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the Nineteenth Century Transatlantic Slave Trade"


Friday, February 26, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

This event is virtual, to register click here.

Speaker: Manuel Barcia, Chair of Global History, University of Leeds
Moderated by: Alejandro de la Fuente, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics; Professor of African an African American Studies; Director, Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research; Chair, Cuba Studies Program, Harvard University

As the slave trade brought Europeans, Africans, and Americans into contact, diseases were traded along with human lives. Manuel Barcia examines the battle waged against disease, where traders fought against loss of profits while enslaved Africans fought for survival. Although efforts to control disease and stop epidemics from spreading brought little success, the medical knowledge generated by people on both sides of the conflict contributed to momentous change in the medical cultures of the Atlantic world.

Presented in collaboration with ALARI and IAP-UAM (International Academic Program-Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), and Fundación Asisa