Monday, November 23, 2009


A word about why I am beginning this blog:

When I wrote my undergraduate thesis, I decided to keep a companion blog ( to keep friends and family updated on my progress. Not that too many people read the blog - but some did, and it was nice for me to know that my finding/thoughts were at least *potentially* available to a virtual, imagined community that may or may not exist.

The biggest (and most exciting) surprise for me was that people I didn't know both read and contacted me about my research. I've made a handful of wonderful connections that would not have been possible without the good ole www.

Now that I've started down the path of something much more ominous than an undergraduate thesis -- namely, the dissertation -- I've decided to do the same thing all over again... with a new name.

So welcome, dear reader, to Dissertationitis! We will traverse the texts of long-dead men and women, reconstruct the lives of those who did not leave traversable texts, and consider the impossible, and kind of awful question: what was it really like to live in a slave society three hundred years ago?


  1. I can't wait to keep up with your studies all over again! Love the title, too- and with names like "Zinzendorf" I can only imagine you'll be writing some interesting stories.

  2. Hooray! Welcome back to blogging! I will add you to my blogroll.

  3. Kleinefische: It's interesting to read about your research. I'm a researcher looking into the Images of Europe from the 17th and 18th century missionaries, and particularly interested in those images originating in the Caribbean. I was wondering if you could point me to some good places to start. I've written on the sixteenth century, but the 18th century is new to me. Contact me at a(blank)lars(blank)wilson at gm (blank) ail. Thanks! Andrew

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