Oluseyi O. Agbelusi F'21

Oluseyi O. Agbelusi
Doctoral Candidate
Anthropology
Syracuse University

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2021
Doctoral Candidate
Anthropology
Syracuse University
British Anti-Slavery, Trade, and Nascent Colonialism on the Freetown Peninsula, Sierra Leone

This project reveals the impacts of British anti-slavery, local, regional, and state-sanctioned trade on household socio-economic organization at Regent, a Liberated African village on the Freetown Peninsula, Sierra Leone during the early colonial period,1808-1896. It draws on a theoretical framework that connects colonial entanglements, cross-cultural exchange, and materialities to explore how the lives of Africans who were “liberated” from ships embarking from different parts of the West African coast and resettled in a nascent British Crown Colony in Freetown were entangled in the broader regional and global political economy. Using archival documents and material assemblages at Regent village, this project shows how these diverse Africans adapted to this new environment focusing on varied house structures and settlement patterns, and their socio-economic activities and the differences in households’ participation in local, regional, and state-sanctioned trade through the study of the mundane things they made, bought, used, and discarded.