Black Inter-American Mobilities and Autobiography in the Age of Revolutions (BIMAAR) is a literary-historical research project. It studies different types of black autobiography across the Americas from 1760-1860. In so doing, it focuses on how these texts address black people’s geographic, social, and cultural mobilities.

The research is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.  This has enabled the researcher to carry out her work as a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Institute for Black Atlantic Research, University of Central Lancashire, UK.


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About the Project

This interdisciplinary research project studies transnational autobiographies by black authors in the Americas during the Age of Revolutions and its aftermath (1760-1860). It focuses on how these texts address different forms of mobility black people exercised. 

about project

It consists of four thematic sections, dedicated to four major types of black autobiography across the Americas. As most of these texts were produced by anglophone North American or Caribbean authors, most texts studied here hail from these regions.

The text types include narratives of indigenous captivity, slave narratives,  memoirs of missionaries, and entrepreneurial travelogues. As the research progresses, the individual section pages of this website will be filled with more information as well as research and teaching resources.

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This page lists my activities to present results of my research to the public. I began preparatory research on my project in 2016. Since 2019, I have been working full time on the research.

poster for Midex seminar series activitiesPublic Talks and Lectures

    • Haas, Astrid. “Black Inter-American Mobilities and Autobiography in the Age of Revolutions (1760-1860).” Lecture Series In Conversation / MIDEX Seminar Series. University of Central Lancashire, 11/12/2019. See also the slides of this INTRODUCTORY LECTURE

Conference Presentations

Indian Captivity Narratives

    • Haas, Astrid. “Writing Back from Indian Country: Forms of Mobility and Resistance in The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth,” 5th IAS Biennial Conference. University of Coim­bra, Portugal, 22-24/3/2018.
    • Haas, Astrid. “Briton Hammon’s Narrative of Indian Captivity.” 12th Biennial CAAR Conference. University of Málaga, Spain, 13/6/2017.
    • Haas, Astrid. “Black Inter-American Mobilities and Life Narratives in the Age of Revolutions.” 1st Conference, Network Black Americas. Bielefeld University, Germany, 20/1/2017.
    • Haas, Astrid. “Black Rights and Mobilities in African American Narratives of Indian Captivity.” 4th Biennial IAS Conference. University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, 4/10/2016.
    • Haas, Astrid. “John Marrant’s Narrative of Indian Captivity.” 10th Biennial MESEA Conference. University of Warsaw, Poland, 23/6/2016.

Slave Narratives

    • UPCOMING: Haas, Astrid. “Island (Im)Mobilities: Free and Coerced Movements in the Narratives of Ashton Warner and Mary Prince.” 44th Annual SCS Conference. Bute Town Community Centre, Cardiff, UK, 1-3/7/2020.
    • UPCOMING: Haas, Astrid. “Contesting Borders of Gender, Genre, and Geography in The History of Mary Prince.” 12th MESEA Biennial Conference. UCLan Cyprus, Larnaca, Cyprus, 27-30/5/2020.
    • Haas, Astrid. “Inter-American Mobility, Abolitionist Mobilization, and Black Empowerment in the Interesting Narrative of Mahommah Baquaqua.” 2nd Conference of the Network Black Americas. Bielefeld University, Germany, 18-19/10/2018.
    • Haas, Astrid. “Black, Muslim, Brazilian, Slave? Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua’s Interesting Narrative and Its Challenges to Latinidad in the 21st Century.” 36th LASA International Congress. Barcelona,  Spain, 26/5/2018.

Missionary Memoirs

    • Haas, Astrid. “Mobilizing Missions: Nancy Prince’s Jamaican Sojourn in A Narrative of the Life and Travels of Mrs. Nancy Prince.” 43rd Annual SCS Conference, University of Central Lancashire, 3/7/2019.


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