Daniel Nemser, University of Michigan | Newberry

Daniel Nemser, University of Michigan

Friday, January 22, 2021

3:30-5 pm

Virtual Seminar via Zoom, Register for Link 

History of Capitalism Seminar

Iberian Empire Logistics and the Road to Racial Capitalism, Daniel Nemser

This paper traces the emergence of two opposing logics of circulation in colonial Mexico in the early seventeenth century, a key period in the rise of racial capitalism. The first, which I call logistics, aimed to make circulation governable through the construction of durable infrastructures designed to secure commodity flows. The second, which I call fugitivity, names forms of circulation characterized by ungovernability. which were becoming associated with the “Black maroon.” These circulatory logics intersect along the camino real linking Mexico City to the port of Veracruz, where maroons raided wagons carrying silver and other valuable commodities, impacting merchants, the crown, and the operations of global commerce as such.

Respondent: Seonaid Valiant, Arizona State University Library

Cost and Registration Information 

This event is free, but all participants must register in advance and space is limited. To register and request a copy of the pre-circulated paper, email scholarlyseminars@newberry.org. Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend.