Examining systems of oppression, representation, and acculturation, this book offers alternative ways of understanding and privileging African legacies in Brazil. Essentially, this interdisciplinary text challenges systems of racism and calls for the preservation,
presentation, and proliferation of African legacies in Brazil. … this book examines the systematic suppression of black and African-centered arts, bodies, religious practices, cultural norms, and sociopolitical traditions in Brazil. Chartering new perspectives, scholars uncover archival mysteries, museum practices, hidden histories, and places of historic trauma. This collection also reveals communal legacies of resistance and empowerment in the lives and practices of all Brazilian people. Read the rest of the review.
Title: African Heritage and Memories of Slavery in Brazil and the South Atlantic World
Authors: Ana Lucia Araujo
Publisher: Cambria Press
428 pp. | 2015 | Hardback & E-book
Book Webpage: http://www.cambriapress.com/books/9781604978926.cfm
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Ana Lucia Araujo, professor of history and director of graduate studies at Howard University, has published highly acclaimed books on slavery. Two of these books, Public Memory of Slavery and Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade are the perfect studies for this year’s African Studies Association annual meeting theme. Her interdisciplinary books, which have earned outstanding reviews in several top journals, answer many questions on rethinking the violence, reconstruction, and reconciliation of the history of African slaves.
Browse Public Memory of Slavery now and recommend this book to your colleagues. Book Review by the Journal of African History: “An important and provocative work. No other study so thoroughly chronicles the fraught and ambiguous history of memorializing slavery in the South Atlantic. Araujo’s ability to ‘read’ multiple sources – both discursive and non-discursive – makes the book truly interdisciplinary in scope. It will be a crucial starting point for all future studies of slavery and memory in Benin and Brazil.”
BrowsePaths of the Atlantic Slave Trade now and recommend this book to your colleagues. Book Review by the Journal of Latin American Studies: “”The scholarly quality of the dozen essays included here is uniformly high … The quality and variety of the contributions make this book a desirable purchase for research libraries, and scholars of the history and culture of slavery and the black Atlantic are well advised to direct their attention to the essays which best match their interests and to consult the extensive and up-to-date bibliography of primary and secondary sources with which Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade closes. Araujo and her contributors deserve praise for putting together this exciting collection, as does Cambria Press for producing it as an attractively designed and well-laid-out volume.”
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The theme for this year’s LASA congress–democracy and memory–is a highly important one which presses scholars to consider critical questions regarding the impact of collective memory and institutional development. From the LASA website, these questions are:
Does this past, shaped by collective memories that are themselves constructed of narratives, shared experiences, and interpretations of everyday life, as well as of violence, repression, and resistance, affect how new institutions are discussed, devised, and developed?
Does the collective experience of violence and oppression contribute significantly to collective commitment to “new rules of the game” that are expected to result in widespread political participation, peaceful conflict resolution, and the generation of consensus about broad lines of public policy?
What are the enduring tensions and conflicts that result from collective memories of political pasts?
How have conflicting views of the past shaped public recognition of historical events through art, museums, public spaces, and school curricula?
How do collective memories survive and how are they transmitted across generations?
What is the obligation of current and future generations to honor past struggles and to engage in conflicts and discussions about differing interpretations of the past?
These thought-provoking issues were already identified and researched by Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University) years ago: Her book Public Memory of Slavery examines the public memory of the Atlantic slave trade and slavery encompassing what is modern-day Brazil and the Republic of Benin––two countries connected through more than three centuries of Atlantic slave trade. Brazil imported more than 5 million enslaved Africans (the largest number in all the Americas) and was the latest to abolish slavery in 1888.
Araujo’s study illuminates the different kinds of democracies as well. For example, the book points out that “during the 1940s, the idea of racial mixture became closely related to the term ‘racial democracy,’ which during the period of 1968 to 1978 was gradually transformed into an ideology of the Brazilian state.”
Earning rave reviews in the top journals, Public Memory of Slavery has been lauded for being “truly interdisciplinary in scope” and “a crucial starting point for all future studies of slavery and memory.”