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University of Edinburgh
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Colombia, New Granada, Slavery, Religion, Africa Diaspora, Caribbean, Atlantic World, Pacific World, Andes
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About Me

Bethan Fisk is writing a book about black religions in eighteenth-century Colombia. Between Waters and Forests: Black Religions in Eighteenth-Century Colombia explores the importance of place in shaping black cultural formation. She has a PhD in Latin American and Caribbean History from the University of Toronto and a BA and MA in History from the University of Bristol.

Bethan was a Teaching Fellow in Caribbean History at the University of Leeds from 2018 to 2020 and is currently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. Her second book project, Transimperial Blackness: Slavery and Freedom in Jamaica and New Granada, explores the interconnected political and cultural histories of people of African descent in Jamaica and the Viceroyalty of New Granada during the eighteenth century. Jamaica and Colombia, rarely considered together yet just 500 miles apart (approximately the distance from Aberdeen to London), have shared histories of the slave trade and black freedom.

Recent Publications

“Black knowledge on the move: African diasporic healing in Caribbean and Pacific New Granada,” (October 2020) Atlantic Studies

“The Island Where We Were Born,” (May 2019) Transition: The Magazine of Africa and the Diaspora, no. 127: “Afro-Latin America Rising,”

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Colombia, Jamaica
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, Caribbean, Latin America, Pacific
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Environment, Gender, Labor, Material Culture, Race, Religion, Slavery, Women