The historic city of Porto in Portugal was the location for the latest EUROTAST meeting. Hosted by our research partner at the Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology at the University of Porto (IPATIMUP), this critical skills workshop provided fellows with an opportunity to present and discuss their work with one another, whilst developing communications skills to support future writing and public presentations. All fellows were also given an in-depth introduction to the Transatlantic Slave Trade Database as an important research tool – not only for historians but also for archaeologists and geneticists too.
Listening to fellows speak about their research themes and ambitions revealed many interesting perspectives and information not commonly discussed in relation to the biological and cultural legacies of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. For example the presence African descendants in Bolivia, as can be seen in this important documentary Solidarity in Saya: An Afro-Bolivian Music Movement:
EUROTAST Fellows will meet again early in 2013, to participate in an archaeology institute in the Dutch Caribbean.
– Post by Temi Odumosu