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Anthropology from Portugal, on Portugal and beyond Portugal: racialized relations and representations

Lecture | November 13 | 3-5 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall


Paula Mota Santos; Cristiana Bastos

Institute of European Studies, Portuguese Studies Program


Paula Mota Santos will speak about "Slavery as dark heritage in Post-colonial Portugal". The Lagos, Southern Portugal slavery exhibition is only the second European-located museum space dedicated to the transatlantic slave trade, and one institutionally linked to UNESCO’s Slave Route program. I will carry out an analysis of the images, texts and forms of display of the Lagos exhibition will be presented and cross-referenced to the way slavery is displayed in the NMAAHC in Washington DC. The recently approved project of a slavery memorial in Lisbon as well as the fate of the remains of 15th century slaves found in Lagos will also be discussed.

Paula Mota Santos (UCL, UK 2004) is an anthropologist who focus her research interests in the relation between social identity and space. She as published on heritage, tourism, migration and urban horticultural communities. She has an interest in visual representation and has published on film, photography and on theme parks whose theme is the nation.

Cristiana Bastos will speak about "Portuguese in the cane: the racialization of labor in Hawaiian plantations". Based on her current project “The Colour of Labour”, she will discuss the relationship between the roles in the production system and the production of racialized social categories. She will refer to Hawaiian plantations labor and analyse the category “Portuguese.”

Cristiana Bastos (CUNY 1996) is an anthropologist with cross disciplinary incursions into history, history of science, public health and the intersections of migration and colonialism. She is currently leading the multi-track project The Colour of Labour – the racialized lives of migrants, funded by the European Research Council, with empirical research in plantation and plantation-like societies. She is based at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, where she heads the Research Group Identities, Cultures, Vulnerabilities and participated in a variety of programs and projects in Portugal, Brazil, USA, UK, India, Mozambique, Germany, Spain and Italy.


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