Alexandrian Society spring lecture featuring Celso Castilho

February 26, 2020

Celso Castilho headshot

When: February 26, 2020 | 3:00 p.m.
Where: Academic Learning Commons, (1000 Floyd Avenue, Richmond VA, 23284), Room 2100

A Brazilian “Gallery of Illustrious Men of Color”: The Black Press and Trans-Atlantic Intellectual History will center around the extensive interactions between enslaved and free people in the construction of abolitionism, and reveal how Brazil’s first social movement reinvented discourses about race and nation, leading to the passage of the abolition law in 1888. It will document the previously ignored counter-mobilizations led by the landed elite, who saw the rise of abolitionism as a political contestation and threat to their livelihood. Additionally, Professor Castilho’s talk will give context to how disputes over control of emancipation also entailed disputes over the boundaries of the political arena and connects the history of abolition to the history of Brazilian democracy.

This free and open to the public lecture will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 in the Academic Learning Commons, (1000 Floyd Avenue, Richmond VA, 23284), Room 2100.

Celso Castilho, Ph.D. is an associate professor of history at Vanderbilt University. His research and teaching focus on modern Latin America and the Atlantic world, with a specialization in Brazilian studies, and thematic emphases in comparative slavery and emancipation, citizenship and the public sphere, and literature and theater in the nineteenth century.

The lecture is presented with support from the Department of History and Dr. Bernard Moitt (faculty mentor to the Alexandrian Society), the Student Government Association, the Honors College, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.