BOOK: Soares on Slavery, Catholicism, and Urban Life in Eighteenth-Century Rio

Mariza de Carvalho Soares, People of Faith: Slavery and African Catholics in Eighteenth-Century Rio De Janeiro. Translated by Jerry D. Metz. Duke University Press Books, 2011.
Description (Duke University Press):

“In People of Faith, Mariza de Carvalho Soares reconstructs the everyday lives of Mina slaves transported in the eighteenth century to Rio de Janeiro from the western coast of Africa, particularly from modern-day Benin. She describes a Catholic lay brotherhood formed by the enslaved Mina congregants of a Rio church, and she situates the brotherhood in a panoramic setting encompassing the historical development of the Atlantic slave trade in West Africa and the ethnic composition of Mina slaves in eighteenth-century Rio. Although Africans from the Mina Coast constituted no more than ten percent of the slave population of Rio, they were a strong presence in urban life at the time. Soares analyzes the role that Catholicism, and particularly lay brotherhoods, played in Africans’ construction of identities under slavery in colonial Brazil. As in the rest of the Portuguese empire, black lay brotherhoods in Rio engaged in expressions of imperial pomp through elaborate festivals, processions, and funerals; the election of kings and queens; and the organization of royal courts. Drawing mainly on ecclesiastical documents, Soares reveals the value of church records for historical research.”

Soares was awarded the 2012 Roberto Reis BRASA Book Prize for People of Faith.  For more information on the prize click here.

CONF: Endangered Archives Workshop 2010

*Endangered Archives Workshop 2010
Harriet Tubman Institute, York University, Canada
Saturday, January 23 *

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With the explosive use of computers in recent decades, a growing number
of researchers have been involved in the preservation of endangered
archival documents through digital means. Accordingly, there are
researchers funded by various significant bodies currently working in
Algeria, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ghana, Jamaica, Nigeria, Sierra Leone
and other parts of the world. The Endangered Archives Workshop will
bring together researchers to discuss their digital projects and
findings. The Workshop will provide a venue for participants to discuss
various issues that will enable aspiring and active researchers to
manage digital projects. Issues to be discussed include implementing
digital standards, preparing grant applications and purchasing digital
equipment and computer software. The Workshop ends with a session on
website development, public outreach and publishing options available to
researchers so that they may disclose their findings to various audiences.

The workshop will be held in 305 York Lanes, York University.

9:30-9:45 Welcome Remarks: Paul E. Lovejoy, Director, Harriet Tubman
Institute, York University

9:45-11:00* Session I*: Presentation of Digital Projects by Members of
the Organizing Committee

Mohammed Bashir Salau, “Northern Nigeria: Precolonial Documents
Preservation Scheme”

· Yacine Daddi Addoun, “Ibadi Private Libraries in the Mzab Heptapolis,

*· *Ismael Musah Montana, *”**Preservation of Endangered Historical
Records in the Public Records and Archives Administration (PRAAD) in
Tamale, Northern Ghana***

· Paul Lovejoy, “*Before the War, after the War: Preserving History in
Sierra Leone”***

· Mariza de Carvalho Soares, “Projeto Acervo Digital Angola-Brasil”

· Jane Landers, “/Ecclesiastical Sources and Historical Research on the
African diaspora in Brazil and Cuba”/

· Carlos Franco Liberato, “Endangered African diaspora Collections of
the State of Pará in the Amazon Region of Brazil”

*· *Pablo Gomez,* *”*Creating a Digital Archive of Afro-Colombian
History and Culture: Black Ecclesiastical, Governmental and Private
Records from the Chocó, Colombia”***

· Oscar Grandío Moragúez, “Digitisation of Endangered African diaspora
Collections at the Major Archives of the Province of Matanzas, Cuba”**

· Nadine Hunt, “Inventory of Archival Holdings in Jamaica”**

11:00-11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-12:00 *Session II*: Presentation of Forthcoming Digital Projects
with Ismael Musah Montana

· Karen Needles, Director, “Lincoln Archives Digital Project”

· Anna St. Onge, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, York
University, “/I published my paper//: now what?/ The Final Step Towards
the Preservation of Research Materials for Posterity”

· Meley Mulugetta Bezzabeh, York University, “Identifying Endangered
Manuscript Collections in the Enderta and Säharti Regions of Tigray
(Ethiopia) and Digitizing the Entire Library of the Church of Kidanä
Mehrät in the Town of Mekelle”

· Jane Landers, Vanderbilt University, “St. Augustine Project”

12:00-12:30 *Session III*: Administrative Matters with Carlos Algandona

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:15 *Session IV*: Technological Equipment with Carlos Franco
Liberato and Pablo Gomez

2:15-3:15 *Session IV*: Pilot versus Major Digital Project with Oscar
Grandío Moragúez and Mariza de Carvalho Soares

3:15-3:30 Coffee Break

3:30-4:00 *Session V*: Cataloguing and Metadata Update with Yacine Daddi
Addoun and Nadine Hunt

4:00-5:00 *Session VI*: Website Development, Public Outreach and
Publishing with Jane Landers, Paul Lovejoy and Mohammed Bashir Salau

· Mariza de Carvalho Soares, Universidade Federal Fluminense,
“Ecclesiastical Sources in Slave Societies: Brazil”

· Jean-Pierre Le Glaunec, Université Sherbrook, “Histoires d’Esclaves
dans le monde atlantique français”

5:00-5:30: Rump Session/Discussion and closing remarks

Please RSVP by sending an e-mail to Asif Mohammed <>.

_Workshop Organizing Committee:
_Yacine Daddi-Addoun
<;, York

Pablo Gomez
Vanderbilt University
Oscar Grandío Moragúez
York University

Ismael Musah Montana
Northern Illinois University

Nadine Hunt <;,
York University
Carlos Franco Liberato
<;, York
University and Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Brazil* *

Jane G. Landers <;,
Vanderbilt University

Paul E. Lovejoy
<;, York
Mohammed Bashir Salau
University of Mississippi

Mariza de Carvalho Soares
<;, Universidade
Federal Fluminense