Pablo Gomez: “Thinking with Piezas: Slave Trading and the Imagination of the Quantifiable Body in the Early Modern Atlantic”
March 13 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Room 206 Ingraham Hall
Pablo Gomez is an Assistant Professor of History and the History of Medicine at UW-Madison. His work examines the history of health and corporeality in the early modern world with a particular focus on Latin America, the Caribbean, the African diaspora and, more generally, the Iberian and Black Atlantic Worlds. His book, The Experiential Caribbean: Creating Knowledge and Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017), explores belief making and the creation of evidence around the human body and the natural world in the early modern Caribbean. He is currently working on a history of the quantifiable body and the development of novel ideas about risk, labor, and disease that appeared in Atlantic slave markets during the seventeenth century. He is also actively involved in projects of digital archival preservation in Colombia, Cuba and Brazil.