Trading Tones: Exploring the Soundscape of Human Trafficking in Spanish Colonial Panama

Author(s): Felipe Gaitan

Year: 2018

Summary

Set in the World Heritage site of Old Panama (1519–1671), the House of the Genoese Slavery Memorial project brings together the lessons of over a decade of archaeological and archival research focusing on the ruins of one of the largest centers of human trafficking to have operated in Spanish America in the late 1600s. Building upon a growing body of literature addressing phenomenological approaches in archaeology and museum studies, this paper explores how an object-based reenactment of what may have been the rich soundscape of Old Panama’s slave market can allow us to rethink its remains as a powerful lieu de mémoire critically showcasing the difficult legacy of the transatlantic slave trade.  Moving beyond traditional visual cues tending to essentialize the experience of both slaves and slavers in the New World, this paper examines the acoustic dimension of the slave trade as a novel and relevant field of memorialization.

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Trading Tones: Exploring the Soundscape of Human Trafficking in Spanish Colonial Panama. Felipe Gaitan. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441809)

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Temporal Keywords
1662-1671

Spatial Coverage

min long: -79.05; min lat: -4.237 ; max long: -66.87; max lat: 12.459 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 833