Mariana Candido is an Associate Professor of African History, University of Notre Dame. Her research deals on the economic, social and cultural history of Angola, 17th to the 19th centuries. The concept of gender is central to Prof. Candido's research and teaching and she is currently working on a book project on history of property in Angola examining how women and men’s strategies of wealth accumulation differed during the nineteenth century. This study also explores how impoverished and vulnerable men and women navigated through different options in order to keep their freedom in a time of expansion of slavery in West Central Africa. In many ways, gender, legal status, and classifications (based on religion’s affiliation, skin color, and access to Portuguese language) are central to Prof. Candido's scholarship. Her publications include An African Slaving Port and the Atlantic World: Benguela and its Hinterland (Cambridge University Press, 2013); which received an honorable mention in the competition for the Herskovits prize/ African Studies Association. She has also published Fronteras de Esclavización: Esclavitud, Comercio e Identidad en Benguela, 1780-1850 (Colegio de Mexico Press, 2011), which has been translated into Portuguese Fronteras da Escravização (Benguela: Universidade Katyavala Bwila, 2018). Candido has co-edited with Adam Jones, African Women in the Atlantic World. Property, Vulnerability and Mobility, 1680-1880 (James Currey, 2019); Carlos Liberato, Paul Lovejoy and Renée Soulodre-La France, Laços Atlânticos: África e africanos durante a era do comércio transatlântico de escravos (Museu Nacional da Escravatura/ Ministério da Cultura, 2017); and Crossing Memories: Slavery and African Diaspora, with Ana Lucia Araujo and Paul Lovejoy (African World Press, 2011). Her articles have been published in Slavery and Abolition, History in Africa, Social Sciences and Missions, Tempo, Portuguese Studies Review, Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies, Afro-Ásia, African Economic History, Cahier des anneux de la mémoire, Luso-Brazilian Review, Saeculum, Brésil (s), Sciences humaines et sociales, and edited volumes.
Every single one of Prof. Candido's courses have a heavy concentration of readings, lectures, and discussion on gender. Intro to African History, Black Atlantic, Roots of Human Trafficking, and the USEM, Images of Africa explore how women were central to historical events, as well as how violence, including sexual, and gender are keys to understand territorial conquest, colonialism, imperialism, and constitution of new independent states.
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