Introduction - Slave Subjectivities: Studying Absences?

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The Iberian world played a key role in the global trade of enslaved people from the 15th century onwards. Scholars of Iberian forms of slavery face challenges accessing the subjectivity of the enslaved, given the scarcity of autobiographical sources. This book offers a compelling example of innovative methodologies that draw on alternative archives and documents, such as inquisitorial and trial records, to examine enslaved individuals' and collective subjectivities under Iberian political dominion. It explores themes such as race, gender, labour, social mobility and emancipation, religion, and politics, shedding light on the lived experiences of those enslaved in the Iberian world from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSlave Subjectivities in the Iberian Worlds
Subtitle of host publication (16th-19th centuries)
PublisherBrill Academic Publications
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-68715-8
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-68141-5
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Slavery, Subjectivities, Citizenship, Iberian Empires, Spanish Empire, Portuguese Empire


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