Keynote Speakers

Sharla Fett

Sharla Fett is a Professor of History at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Dr. Fett specializes in African-American history and the histories of race, medicine, and enslavement in the antebellum United States. Her work has had a wide influence among both historians of medicine and slavery, including her first book, Working Cures: Healing, Health, and Power on Southern Slave Plantations (2002) and her newest release Recaptured Africans: Surviving Slave Ships, Detention, and Dislocation in the Final Years of the Slave Trade (2017). Recaptured Africans examines the history of enslaved Africans caught up in the machinations of Atlantic slave trade suppression, considering their life in American detainment camps and their final transatlantic voyage to Liberia.


Pablo Gómez

Pablo Gómez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical History and the Department of the History of Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His work examines the history of health and corporeality in the early modern Atlantic world. Dr. Gómez’s book, The Experiential Caribbean: Creating Knowledge and Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic (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 in the early modern world.