CFP: (Special Issue) Resistance, Survival, and Associativism: Reinventing Life in the Spaces of Modern Slavery (16th-19th Centuries)

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Special Issue of Tempo

Resistance, Survival, and Associativism: Reinventing Life in the Spaces of Modern Slavery (16th-19th Centuries)

The journal Tempo is calling for contributions to the special issue "Resistance, Survival, and Associativism: Reinventing Life in the Spaces of Modern Slavery (16th-19th Centuries)," organized by Maria Renilda Barreto (CEFET/RJ) and Daniel B. Domingues da Silva (Rice University) to be published in 2021. All contributions must focus on original research and can be submitted in English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese. The submission deadline is December 10, 2020.

The resurgence of slavery at the beginning of the Modern Era led to the displacement of millions of individuals, forcing them and their descendants to extremely poor living conditions. Recent research has shown that the effects of slavery extended well beyond the economy, shaping society, culture, science, art, philosophy, linguistics, education, law, geography as well as many other fields of human relations. This special issue invites researchers to share new findings of a research agenda that problematizes the dynamics of social relations – in all its complexity – discussing how enslaved and freed people developed strategies of survival and reinvention in spaces marked by modern slavery. Submissions focused on any region of the Atlantic are welcome, particularly contributions that approach how enslaved and freed people gave new meanings to varied forms of associativism, like in education, health, entertainment, law, art, and work, among others. 

While relevant in the past, broad interpretations can now seem overly simplistic. Authors are thus encouraged to deliver works that value the historical experiences of enslaved groups. The special issue is particularly interested in contributions that question the complexity of social relations through the prisms of race, esthetics, sex, religion, law, economy, philosophy, education, gender, or the political or symbolic power. Submissions focused on case studies are welcome, as long as they establish a relationship between the local and the global. Subtopics to be developed include, but are not limited to: slavery, slave trade, abolition, post-abolition, associativism, maroonage, black activism, entertainment, health, art, law and legislation, gender, race, education, family, and property.

Contributions must be submitted to Tempo’s website and follow the journal's publication norms. At the moment of submission, please list the title of the special issue above the title of the article. Additional details are available at

Should you have any questions, please contact the special issue editors:
Maria Renilda Barreto ( or
Daniel B. Domingues da Silva (

Launched in 1996, Tempo is a publication of the Department of History from Fluminense Federal University (Brazil) dedicated to the publication of new history research and its different fields – social, economic, political history, among others. The journal is ranked at Qualis A1 level by Capes and is indexed by Scielo, Scopus, ISI - Web of Knowledge, Redalyc, and others. Over two decades in existence, the journal has consolidated itself as an important academic space, nationally and internationally, covering a vast array of themes, from different chronological and spatial perspectives of History. Additional information about the journal is available at