Dr. Renee Soulodre-LaFrance

Dr. Renee Soulodre-LaFrance

Department Chair/ Professor

Office: FB308
Phone: 4424
Email: rsoulodr@uwo.ca

Professor Soulodre-La France completed her undergraduate degree and MA at the University of Alberta and her Ph.D at the University of California, San Diego. She teaches colonial and modern Latin American history and World History. Her courses include a senior seminar on 20th century Revolutions and Violence in Latin America as well as several courses that focus on colonial society, slavery in Africa and Latin America, religion and popular culture in Latin America.  


  • BA, MA, University of Alberta
  • Ph.D, Uversity of California


Her research interests are the history of Nueva Granada, present-day Colombia, in South America. Her more recent work focuses upon the social and cultural history of the enslaved in Latin America and the inter-racial relationships that developed within the colonial world when Indigenous, African and European populations were brought together.  She is a participant in the research group that focuses upon the Hispanic Baroque which was awarded funding through the SSHRC’s  Major Collaborative Research Initiative: 

Baroque Identities: http://baroque-identities.mcgill.ca/

She is also an affiliate Scholar with the Harriet Tubman Research Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples at York University, Toronto.

Selected Publications

Book 1
"Slaves, Saints and Statues: Baroque Catholic Imagery and African Sensibilities from Nueva Granada," in Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, vol. 33, No.1. Fall 2008 pp. 215-230.
Book 2
"Buried Treasure: Searching with Francisco Castneda, Negro Esclavo Caravali, in Nueva Granada" in Repercussions of the Atlantic Slave Trade, pg 119
Book 3
Professor Soulodre-La France has published several works on colonial Colombia.  Her book, Región e imperio. El Tolima Grande y las Reformas Borbónicas en el siglo XVIII, is a socio-economic and political study of the region of Tolima Grande and its articulation with the wider Spanish imperial system. It was published by the ICANH (Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia) in Bogotá, Colombia, in 2004. 
Book 4
Professor Soulodre-La France is also co-editor of Africa and the Americas: Interconnections During the Slave Trade, with José C. Curto. This volume was published by World Africa Press in 2005.

"What is in a body? Hermaphrodites and Late Colonial Order in Nueva Granada." http://www.habanaelegante.com/

La Constitución del Barroco Hispánico. Problemas y Acercamientos. Special number of Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, edited by José Ramon Jouve Martin y Renée Soulodre-La France. Vol 33, No. 1. Fall 2008.

“’Los Esclavos de su Magestad!’ Slave Protest and Politics in Late Colonial New Granada,” in Jane Landers, ed. Slaves, Subjects, and Subversives: Blacks in Colonial Latin America. University of New Mexico Press, Dialogos Series. 2006 See Google Books.

“Socialmente ni tan meurtos! Las identidades esclavas en la Nueva Granada Borbónica,” in Diana Bonnett Vélez, Michael LaRosa, Germán R. Mejía Pavony y Mauricio Nieto Olarte, compiladores, La Nueva Granada Colonial. Selección de textos históricos, Uniandes-Ceso, 2005. 

“’Whites are our Enemies!’ Popular Political Culture and Ethnicity in Colonial Nueva Granada,” in Matthew Restall, ed. Beyond Black and Red: African-Native Relations in Colonial Latin America. University of New Mexico Press, Dialogos Series, 2005.

“I, Francisco Castañeda, Negro Esclavo Caravali” – Caravali Ethnicity in Colonial New Granada,” in Paul E. Lovejoy and David Trotman eds. Trans-Atlantic Dimensions of Ethnicity in the African Diaspora.  Continuum, 2003.  See Google Books

Co-authored with Paul E. Lovejoy, “Intercambios transatlánticos, sociedad esclavista e inquisición en la Cartagena del siglo XVII,” in Afrodescendientes en las Américas: Trayectorias sociales e identitarias. 150 años de la abolición de la esclavitud en Colombia, eds. Claudia Mosquera, Mauricio Pardo and Odile Hoffmann. Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá: 2002. 

“Por el Amor!” Child-Killing in Colonial Nueva Granada. Slavery and Abolition, Vol. 23. Issue 1, April 2002.

"Socially not so dead!  Slave Identity in Bourbon New Granada." Colonial Latin American Review 4: 1, June 2001.  

Encyclopedia Articles 

“Slavery in Colonial Spanish America.”in John Michael Francis, editor, Iberia and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History. 3 volumes, 2006. 

“Music in Colonial Spanish America.” in John Michael Francis, editor, Iberia and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History. 3 volumes, 2006. 

“The Bourbon Reforms” in John Michael Francis, editor, Iberia and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History. 3 volumes, 2006. 

“Palenque San Basilio” in Colin Palmer, editor, Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History: The Black Experience in the Americas, 2006. 

Recent Presentations and Conferences 

September 2008 - Identities and Baroque Constitution in the Hispano-Transatlantic World, McGill University, Montreal, Paper: “Slaves, Saints and Statues: Baroque Catholic Imagery and African Sensibilities from Nueva Granada,” 

August 2008 - 11th Annual US/Canadian History & Genealogy Conference Buxton National Historic Site, Buxton, Paper: “Strategies of the Enslaved in Latin America” 

March 2008 - Brazilian Studies Association: Tulane University, New   Orleans, Paper: Atlantic Worlds: Portuguese Traders in Cartagena 

October 2007 - The Hispanic Baroque: Complexity in the First Atlantic Culture  UWO.  Paper: The Hispanic Baroque and Nueva Granada 

May 2007 - Slavery an Unfinished Business: The University of Hull: Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) Paper: “Cofradías of Colour.” 

May 2007 - Micro-Histoire et Histoires de vie d’esclaves. Centre International de Recherches Esclavages: acteurs, systemes et representations. L’Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales-CNRS Paris. Paper: 

July 2006 - 52 International Congress of Americanists (Sevilla)  La Diáspora Africana su Historia y sus Retos Hoy” Paper:“Viva Dios y el Rey de España por quien muero contento!” ‘French Africans’ in the Spanish Caribbean. 

August 2005 - CASO Colonial Americas Studies Organization (Bogotá) Organized Panel. Crossing Borders: Race in Colonial New Granada. Presented Paper: Esclavos, Santos y Estatuas: Esclavos y religion popular en la Nueva Granada. 

January 2005 - AHA/CLAH (Seattle) Native American Autonomy in Colonial Mexico and New Granada: Individual Acts, Corporate Actions. Presented Paper “Coyaima: “El Pueblo de la Real Corona.” Indigenous Autonomy in Eighteenth-Century Nueva Granada.” 

Editorial Boards  

Editorial Board                Historia Critica (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia)
Editorial Board                El Taller de la Historia (Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia)
Editorial Board                SHADD Studies in the History of the African Diaspora-Documents (York University Canada)