Africa at Noon on February 5, 2014

“Because your Kings live longer:” West-African Diplomacy and Health Exchanges in the Seventeenth Century Iberian Atlantic

Pablo Gomez
Assistant Professor
Medical History and Bioethics
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Time and Loca­tion

12:00pm, 206 Ingra­ham Hall, 1155 Obser­va­tory Drive, Madi­son, WI

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This presentation traces the geographical, cultural, and intellectual journey of an embassy sent by the king of Allada to Spain in the mid seventeenth century.


Pablo Gomez’s work examines the history of medicine and corporeality in the early modern African and Iberian Atlantic worlds. Dr. Gomez’s current book project examines black ideas and practices related to bodies, health, illness, and death in the seventeenth century Spanish Caribbean. He holds an MA and a PhD in History from Vanderbilt University; an MD from the Universidad CES, and did his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. His work has appeared in journals and edited volumes in the US, Germany and Colombia.