Dr. Shantel George from the Departments of Africana & Latino Studies and History will give a presentation titled, “Kola Nut: A Small Object That Has Shaped the World,” on Thursday, April 19, 2018, in 303 Fitzelle Hall at SUNY Oneonta.
Over the past few decades, there has been increasing scholarly interest in the global history of commodities. However, scholars have not adequately addressed the global significance of the African kola nut which was circulated through transatlantic networks from the fifteenth century.
By tracing this single object, George’s research interrogates its connection to enslavement, religious practices, and medicine over time and space. In doing so, her research contributes to debates on the exchange, production, and consumption of commodities, particularly the ways in which small objects have shaped the cultures and experiences of people of African descent.