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Current Trends in Slavery Studies in Brazil

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Slavery Studies are one of the most consolidated fields in Brazilian historiography. In the last decades, a number of discussions have flourished on issues such as slave agency, slavery and law, slavery and capitalism, slave families, demography of slavery, transatlantic slave trade, etc. In addition to these more consolidated fields, current research has focused on illegal enslavement, global perspectives on slavery and the slave trade, slavery and gender, the engagement of different social groups in the abolitionist movement, Atlantic connections amog others. Taking into consideration these new trends of Brazilian slavery studies, the BCDSS invites leading scholars on this topic for a conference. During the conference, Brazilian scholars and the broader academic community of Bonn will get to know in more detail these current trends and engage in fruitful discussions that might lead to further cooperation.

Event details
  • Conference
When Dec 10, 2020 02:00 to
Dec 11, 2020 07:00
Where Online via Zoom
Contact Name Jan Hörber
Contact Email
Contact Phone +49 228 73 62945
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Thursday, December 10, 2020

2–2:30 pm (CET)
Welcome and Introduction

Paulo Cruz Terra, Federal University Fluminense, Niterói
Mariana Armond Dias Paes, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History


2:30–3:30 pm
Chair: Stephan Conermann

Rafael de Bivar Marquese, University of São Paulo
Brazilian Slavery, the Great Divergence and World Accumulation, c.1690–1888

Maria Helena Pereira Toledo Machado, University of São Paulo
Slavery, Motherhood, and the Free Womb Law

Lilia Moritz Schwarcz, University of São Paulo
Images of Slavery: The Other of the Other (Sixteenth to Nineteenth Century)


4–5 pm
Chair: Roberto Hofmeister-Pich

Carlos Alberto de Moura Ribeiro Zeron, University of São Paulo
Slavery and the Concept of Justice Shared in Portuguese America

Martha Abreu, Federal University Fluminense, Niterói
Slave Songs and Racism in the Musical World: Rio de Janeiro and the Black Atlantic, 1880–1910

Crislayne Alfagali, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
Iron, Gold and Labor in Ilamba and Minas Gerais (Eighteenth Century)



5:30 pm
Joseph C. Miller Memorial Lecture

Ibrahim Maina Waziri, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri Borno State, Nigeria

The Chima System in Kanem-Bornu: An Overview of the Transformation of a Fiefdom into Colonial Ajiya or District Administration under British Colonial Rule in Borno Province in Northern Nigeria in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century


Friday, December 11, 2020

2–2:30 pm 
Wrap Up of the First Day

Keila Grinberg, Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro


2:30–3:30 pm
Chair: Paulo Cruz Terra

Tâmis Parron, Federal University Fluminense, Niterói
Re-historicizing Capital in the Capitalism and Slavery Debate

Wlamyra Albuquerque, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador de Bahia
Black Political Strategies at the Time of Abolition in Brazil (1878–1909)

Fabiane Popinigis, Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Seropédica
Laboring Women of African Descent in Nineteenth Century Urban Brazil: Between Slavery and Freedom


4–5 pm
Chair: Mariana Armond Dias Paes

Ricardo Pirola, University of Campinas, São Paulo
Lynching, Abolitionism and Justice in Brazil (Nineteenth Century)

Beatriz Mamigonian, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis
The Unavoidable Truth: The Contraband Slave Trade and Illegal Enslavement in Recent Brazilian Historiography


5–5:30 pm
Wrap up and Final Discussion



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