Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Frost Building, 107
Tue/Thur: noon – 1:30pm
Or by appointment
- AFR/HIS/REL 286 (Tue/Thur: 10:00am – 11:50am)
Dr. Brendan J. M. Weaver is the Mellon Institute Visiting Assistant Professor of History. He earned his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2015. Before coming to Berea College in the past academic year, he was the Robert Penn Warren Vanderbilt University Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, Queen’s University Belfast (2015/16). He is an historical anthropologist and archaeologist focusing on labor, slavery, and the African diaspora of Andean South America.
Weaver’s current research explores through material culture the daily lived experience of workers and residents, the vast majority of whom were both enslaved and of Sub-Saharan African origin, on wine and brandy producing estates owned by the Society of Jesus on the Peruvian coast in the 17th and 18th centuries. He directs the Haciendas of Nasca Archaeological Project (PAHN), centered on Nasca’s Ingenio Valley, which is the first to archaeologically study the diaspora in what is today the Republic of Peru. By following daily praxis in both productive and domestic contexts, his research asserts that enslaved Afro-Andean laborers engaged with the oppressive structures of hacienda life, but developed strategies and found discreet and material ways of self-expression, in response to hegemonic structures.
Weaver is also a recent (2016) recipient of a Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Small Grant for developing a secondary area of research in ethnomedicinal history. Through the historical lens of medical anthropology, this secondary project examines Jesuit pharmacies in the Viceroyalty of Peru (1568-1767), exploring the processes involved in the development of medicinal knowledge and practice in the colonial Andes. Focusing on 18th-century pharmacy inventories, reflective of an amalgam of European, African, and American medicinal traditions, this project’s key goals are to investigate how the contents of pharmacies were informed by processes present in the great Columbian Exchange between the Old and New Worlds. It also explores Jesuit medicinal philosophies in the context of the early modern professionalization of pharmaceutical practice in the Spanish American colonies. This research is conceptually connected to his work on Jesuit slavery in Peru through an analysis of early-modern Jesuit concepts of health and well-being, particularly as they relate to enslaved subjects.
For more details and updates about Weaver’s archaeological project, please see the project’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PAHN.Peru/
View Weaver’s recent publications by visiting his academia.edu page here.