"Spaces of a ‘Space Between’: The Black Atlantic in the recent Brazilian historiography of Slavery"
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa (FU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Stefan Rinke (FU Berlin)
This project consists essentially of a theoretical reflection about the analytic potential of Paul Gilroy’s concept of “Black Atlantic” regarding the field of theory of history. Furthermore, it comprises an analysis of the diffusion of this concept within the recent Brazilian historiography of slavery. The study will be developed in three closely related stages. First, the implications of Gilroy’s theorization of modernity will be examined in relation to theory of history. This step constitutes the foundation for the following analysis of the recent Brazilian historiography of slavery. Here, the aim is to investigate in what ways the perspective of the “Black Atlantic” has been effectively contributing to a radical deconstruction of essentialist ethnic identities and of the nation-state as unit of historical analysis. Finally, based on this evaluation, the role of historians and of historical knowledge will be discussed in the context of the social-political legitimization of “Between Spaces”.