TIMS Online Presentation on September 10th, 2022 – “Doce Inferno do Engenho” (Sweet Inferno of the Sugar Mill)

Dear TIMS Members,
on the next TIMS Online Conference a presentation will be given by M. Dores Cruz. The title of the presentation is:
“Doce Inferno do Engenho”: Praia Melão and São Tomé’s Sugar Mills in the construction of colonial landscapes and the making of the modern Atlantic World (16th-17th century).
One of the most enduring legacies of European colonialism is the plantation system, with long lasting consequences on the contemporary world. Despite their pioneering role in the development of the plantation system, sugar in the 16th and cocoa in the 19th and 20th centuries, the material history of the islands of São Tomé and Principe is poorly known. This lecture focuses specifically on the site of Praia Melão, the largest sugar mill (engenho) and estate in the island, active from the 16th to the 19th century. I will discuss the mill’s infrastructures, and how they enabled sugar production and the control of enslaved population. Praia Melão is a singular sugar plantation site, which includes evidence of a large hydraulic mill, and it is currently at great risk of destruction. The sugar mill of Praia Melão will be discussed in the context of São Tomé’s sugar cycle, highlighting the materiality and the role of plantation infrastructures in the construction of power relations, as well as the role of the island in the making of the modern Atlantic world.
Date & Time:
Saturday, 10 September 2022:
– Paris, Rome, Berlin 19:00
– UK, Portugal 18:00
– Greece, Romania, Estonia 20:00
– San Francisco 10:00
– New York, Antigua 13:00
– Russia 20:00
Sunday, 11 September 2022:
– Japan 02:00
The ZOOM Link and dial-in numbers are given at the end of this email.
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It is our intention to have a presentation every two months, provided there are presenters.
So, if you have done a presentation f.i. on a TIMS symposium, you could make an update and present it again, or
if you have studied a certain region or a type of mill, you could present your results, and so on . . .
I look forward to your inputs . . .
Kind regards
Willem van Bergen
Zoom-Meeting link:
Meeting-ID: 858 7502 5664
Kenncode: 100646
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