The Center for Africana Studies in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences pursues broad inquiry into the ideas and experiences of African peoples throughout the world. Its interdisciplinary approach is organized around three major sub-fields:
Studies of the African Diaspora
The Center's work spans diverse academic disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and public health. While its sub-fields possess distinct and distinctive intellectual traditions, they offer exciting possibilities for comparative as well as integrative inquiry.
Browsing Africana Studies, Center for by Subject "Atlantic Bridge"
(Center for Africana Studies, 2007) Russell-Wood, John
This essay focuses on an aspect of persons of African birth and descent in colonial Brazil
to which not sufficient attention has been paid by scholars. To the many factors--
ethnicity, language, belief systems slavery, manumission and the circumstance of having
been born free,slave or manumitted, and belief systems, and behaviors, which led to
differentiations among persons of African birth or descent in the colony—place of birth
played a crucial role in distinguishing Africans from Afro-Brazilians. This essay will
briefly review relations between African- born and Brazilian- born of African descent and
then focus exclusively on the presence in Brazil of persons born in Africa. I posit the
hypothesis that some continued to live in accordance with African principles and
practices and consciously and intentionally resisted assimilation into Luso-African-
Brazilian or even Afro-Brazilian communities.