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Trading Tones: Exploring the Soundscape of Human Trafficking in Spanish Colonial Panama (2022)


Set in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Panama (1519–1671), the House of the Genoese––Slavery Memorial Museum project brings together the lessons of over a decade of archaeological and archival research concentrating 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 historical archaeology and museum studies, this article explores how an object-based reenactment of the soundscape of Old Panama’s slave market can allow the rethinking of 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 slavers and the enslaved in the New World, this preliminary work examines the acoustic dimensions of the slave trade as a relevant field of memorialization.

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Authors & Contributors
Mertens, Manuel
BaldisseraPacchetti, Marina
Canone, Eugenio
Clucas, Stephen
Gatti, Hilary
Hammond, Nicholas
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Historical Archaeology
Dianoia: Annali di storia della filosofia
Foundations of Science
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Cambridge University Press
Oxford University Press
University of California Press
University of Chicago Press
Teaching; pedagogy
Bruno, Giordano
Bacon, Francis, 1st Baron Verulam
Camillo, Giulio
Descartes, René
Galilei, Vincenzo
Time Periods
16th century
17th century
Early modern
15th century
14th century
Paris (France)
Great Plains (North America)

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