Commercial and political-institutional relations in Africa from the 15th-19th centuries (Policy and Practice panel)
Roberta Stumpf (CHAM- NOVA FCSH-UAc)
Cândido Domingues (CHAM- NOVA FCSH-UAc)
B1 0.03
Friday 19 July, 9:30-11:00

Short abstract:

This panel intends to broaden the discussions about the relations established between Africans and Luso-Brazilians in the 15th-19th centuries.

Long abstract:

This panel proposes to analyze the relations established between the Africans, Luso-Africans, Portuguese and Luso-Brazilians during the modern era, focusing on two specifics spheres: the commercial and the political-institutional. It is about understanding the interaction of those who were involved in the trade of slaves, ivory and other goods and/or acted as official representatives of African or Portuguese authorities at different levels of the hierarchies of civil and military powers. These two spheres should also be seen in an integrated way according as the commerce, in many cases, involved the interests of Portuguese monarchs and African authorities represented, in this turn, by individuals that acted in Africa, in the institutionalized spaces of power. On the other hand, the latter could act in order to satisfy their own interests, hindering or contradicting, sometimes, the concretization of so called "officials" strategies. It must also be considered that in a long term and in a territory of commercial and geostrategic importance others actors have acted in many ways in the agreements with the mentioned authorities. The panel will privilege the works on the African territories where the Portuguese or Luso-Brazilian presence was institutionally organized, such as Angola, Guinea Coast, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe. The relations with the Slave Coast (Costa da Mina) are welcome, as this extensive territory has passed through different phases of the Portuguese presence with a great political-commercial importance. Posters in Portuguese will be very much appreciated.