Dr. Raquel Razente Sirotti

Coordinator of the Researcher Group "Mutual Dependencies and Normative Production in Africa"

Max-Planck-Institut für Rechtsgeschichte und Rechtstheorie
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Academic Profile

Raquel R. Sirotti is a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory in Frankfurt, Germany. She holds a Law degree from the Universidade Estadual de Maringá (Brazil), an M.A in Legal History and Legal Theory from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil) and a Ph.D in Law from the Goethe Universität (Germany). After working on the history of criminal law in Brazil between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, she currently focuses on the notion of "mutual dependencies" in African colonial legal history, with a special focus on Lusophone Africa. In her current research project, she deals with the relationship between labor, punishment, and governance in Mozambique, more specifically in territories formerly governed by charter companies. By assuming that local intermediaries were crucial for company rule, she intends to contribute to the understanding of how the administration of private companies generated specific normative production arrangements in African territories and to better grasp the creation and maintenance of dependency relations connected to colonial domination.

Junior Research Group Leader "Mutual Dependencies and Normative Production in Africa," Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS), Bonn, Germany

Postdoctoral researcher, Department Historical Regimes of Normativity, Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory, Frankfurt, Germany
Project: "Producing modus vivendi: labour, punishment and governance under the rule of the Nyassa Charter Company (Mozambique, 1891–1929)" 

Ph.D., Law Faculty, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, Thesis: "Within the Law. Criminal Law and Political Repression in Brazil (1889–1930)"       

M.A., Law Faculty, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, Thesis: "Ciência Penal e Defesa do Estado: As Representações da Criminalidade Política na Doutrina Penal Brasileira da Primeira República (1889–1930)"                                                                                                       

Bacharel em Direito (J.D), State University of Maringá, Brazil     

Doctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory, Frankfurt, Germany                                                                                                   

Doctoral Student, International Max Planck School for Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment (IMPRS-REMEP), Halle/Freiburg/Frankfurt, Germany 

Otto-Hahn Medal 

Ph.D. dissertation approved "summa cum laude," Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany 

Master's dissertation approved with distinction, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil

Master's fellowship, Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development.          

Summer Academy Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • 2021. "Direito penal e política na Primeira República. Uma análise dos processos judiciais relacionados à tentativa de assassinato de Prudente de Morais em 1897." In Varia Historia 74: 429–462
  • 2017. "Os crimes políticos na doutrina penal brasileira da Primeira República (1889–1930)." In Revista Brasileira de Ciências Criminais 131: 263–298
  • 2015. "A literatura como nova possibilidade para o ensino jurídico brasileiro: a questão das introduções históricas." In Revista Eletrônica Espaço Acadêmico 170: 69–79


Book Chapters

  • 2019. "Within the Law: Criminal Law and Political Repression in Brazil (1889–1930)." In Understanding Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment. Collected Results of the International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment (IMPRS REMEP), edited by T. Sureau and Y. Auge, 203–206. Halle (Saale): Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.
  • 2018. With D. Nunes and R. Sontag. "Para uma história do direito penal." In Estudos de Direito Público, vol. 1, edited by L. S. De Bem, 23–29. Belo Horizonte: Editora D‘ Placido.


Book Reviews 

  • 2019. "Built to Colonize [Review of: Dior Konaté, Prison Architecture and Punishment in Colonial Senegal, Lanham/MD: Rowman & Littlefield 2018]." In Rechtsgeschichte - Legal History 27: 412–414.
  • 2018. "Tras las Rejas – Una historia documental de las prisiones en Chile (1911–1965) [Review of: Marco Antonio León León, Tras las Rejas – Una historia documental de las prisiones en Chile (1911–1965), Paris: Buchet/Chastel 2014]. In Revista Historia de las Prisiones 7: 116–119.
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