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First Name
Last Name
University of Bristol
Website URL
Colombia, New Granada, Slavery, Religion, Africa Diaspora, Caribbean, Atlantic World, Pacific World, Andes
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About Me

Bethan Fisk is lecturer (assistant professor) in colonial Latin American history in the Department of Hispanic, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies at the University of Bristol. She is writing a book about black religions in eighteenth-century Colombia, which 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, where she was a Natalie Zemon Davis Fellow.

Her second book project, for which she holds a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, 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,” 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