Thursday, January 22, 2009
1644 School of Social Work Building (on the left hand side when entering the building - International Institute - walk through the gallery, it is the small room in the corner)
Professor Keila Grinberg will give a presentation for the LACS Bate Papo series on "International Borders, Fugitive Slaves, and the Concept of 'Free Soil' in 19th-Century South America." Talks in the Bate Papo series are in Portuguese. During the 19th century, the Brazilian Empire faced the problem of defining its borders with its neighbouring countries, such as Argentina, Uruguay and Peru. As Brazil was the only country to maintain slavery, while the others were implementing measures to abolish it, slavery turned out to be a political and diplomatic issue. Slaves fled into the borders to the free countries while their masters would cross the borders to try to re-enslave them. This presentation focuses on the way in which slavery became a issue of international relations in 19th century South America. Dr. Grinberg, a historian of comparative slavery and emancipation, is Associate Professor of History at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) in Brazil. Her recent publications include "Slavery, Freedom, and the Law in the Atlantic World" (with Sue Peabody, 2007).