Araujo, Ana Lucia

Clark-Lewis, Elizabeth

Foster, Thomas A.

Kerr-Ritchie, Jeffrey

Mabeko-Tali, Jean-Michel

Medford, Edna

Muraya, Petronella

Scott, Daryl

Swan, Quito

Taylor, Nikki

Tolbert, Emory

Toungara, Jeanne

Wright-Lewis, Kay


Carrington, Selwyn

DeLeon, David

Dey, Balaram

Reidy, Joseph

In memoriam:

Aziz Batran (1941-2011)


Ana Lucia Araujo

I am a social and cultural historian. Born and raised in Brazil, I completed a BA in Fine Arts in 1995 (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul) and an MA in History of Brazil in 1997 (Pontíficia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul). Trained as a historian and as an art historian, I obtained a PhD in Art History in 2004 (Université Laval, Canada) and a PhD in History and Social and Historical Anthropology (Université Laval and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales) in 2007. As a cultural and social historian, my work is influenced by the approach of historical anthropology. My research deals with the history and the memory of the Atlantic slave trade and slavery and their present social and cultural legacies. I am particularly interested in the public memory, heritage, and visual culture of slavery.

In 2017, I was honored to join the International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project. I am also a proud member of the Editorial Board of the British journal Slavery and Abolition and of the Editorial Board of Black Perspectives. Currently, I am the editor of the book series Slavery: Past and Present, by Cambria Press and a member of the Executive Committee of the Brazilian Studies Association, the most important association of Brazilian studies in the world..

I conducted fieldwork and archival research in Brazil, Republic of Benin, Canada, France, England, and the United States. My research was supported by various national and international agencies including the Fonds de recherche Société et Culture (Canada), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada), Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES, Brazil) and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq, Brazil). This work resulted into various publications, including five monographs, four edited books, one co-edited book, in addition to several articles and book chapters published in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. I also lecture and present my work in these languages in the United States and other countries including Brazil, Argentina, England, France, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, and the Netherlands.

My newest book Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History is the first book to present a narrative history of the demands of financial, material, and symbolic reparations for slavery and the Atlantic slave trade. It explores a myriad of written primary sources in several languages, including abolitionist pamphlets, parliamentary debates, petitions by former slaves, newspaper articles, congressional bills, as well as public discourses by black activists and politicians in Europe, Africa, and the Americas. The various chapters examine the multiple dimensions of the demands of reparations, including the period of slavery, the emancipation era, the postabolition period, and the present.

My book Brazil Through French Eyes: A Nineteenth-Century Artist in the Tropics (2015) is a revised and expanded English version of my book Romantisme tropical (2008). The book examines the representations of Brazil by the French painter François-Auguste Biard. I argue that Biard, along with other French artists who published travelogues on Brazil during the nineteenth century, developed a particular vision of the country which I call "tropical romanticism." A Portuguese version of this book, translated by me, was published by the press of University of São Paulo, as Romantismo tropical: Um pintor francês nos trópicos in 2017.

Shadows of the Slave Past: Memory, Heritage and Slavery (2014) examines the processes that led to the memorialization of slavery and the Atlantic slave trade in the second half of the twentieth century. Relying on examples from the United States, Brazil, and the Caribbean, I discuss how different groups and social actors have competed to occupy the public arena by associating the slave past with other human atrocities, especially the Holocaust. I look at how the populations of African descent, white elites, and national governments, very often carrying particular political agendas, appropriated the slave past by fighting to make it visible or conceal it in the public space of former slave societies.

Public Memory of Slavery: Victims and Perpetrators in the South Atlantic (2010) is a study of the recent resurgence of the public memory of slavery in Brazil (Bahia) and the Republic of Benin, two regions deeply connected during the period of the Atlantic slave trade.

I also published several edited volumes: African Heritage and Memories of Slavery in Brazil and the South Atlantic (2015), Politics of Memory: Making Slavery Visible in the Public Space (2012), Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Interactions, Identities and Images (2011), and Living History: Encountering the Memory of the Heirs of Slavery (2009). I also co-edited Crossing Memories: Slavery and African Diaspora (2011).

I am willing to supervise M.A and Ph.D. dissertations focusing on the following areas: history, memory, and heritage of slavery; reparations for slavery, visual culture of slavery; Africans and populations of African descent in Brazil and Latin America; identities, and race relations in the Atlantic world. An overview of my work can be found on my personal website.

Curriculum Vitae

Single-authored books

Edited and co-edited books


Ana Lucia Araujo
Professor of History
Ph. D. Université Laval and EHESS

Undergraduate courses
Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean           
Latin America to 1825
Latin America since 1825
Colloquium on History of Brazil
History of Brazil
Africans in Early Latin America
Seminar in Latin American History
Senior Colloquium
Introduction to African Diaspora I
Introduction to African Diaspora II

Graduate courses
Seminar on the History of Afro-Latinos
Seminar in Latin America and the Caribbean
Seminar in Comparative History: Memory and Heritage of Slavery
Readings in Latin America: Afro-Brazil
Race Relations in Latin America and the Caribbean
Readings in African Diaspora: Reparations for Slavery

Personal website

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