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Hamzić, Vanja (2019) Interruption: Rethinking Circum-Atlantic Gender Variance of the Enslaved in Eighteenth-Century West Africa and Colonial Louisiana. In: Roundtable Session on Critical Directions: On Gender, Law and Intersectional Subjectivities, Law and Society Association Annual Conference, May 2019, Washington, DC, USA. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The book project I currently work on seeks to offer a critical historical analysis of the all but forgotten eighteenth-century lifeworlds of the enslaved West Africans, who were brought largely from the ports of Senegambia to colonial Louisiana. I argue that paying attention to one particular aspect of being in, transitioning and surviving these worlds can interrupt not only the stubborn formations of silence in the colonial archive but also the ways that ostensibly tongue-tied archive is continuously used to legitimise and loudly proclaim as ‘historical’ only certain kinds of subjectivity and life of the enslaved Africans. That aspect is gender, or more specifically, gender variance of the enslaved.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Items (Paper)
SOAS Departments & Centres: Regional Centres and Institutes > Centre of African Studies
School Research Centres > Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law
Departments and Subunits > School of Law
Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Gender Studies
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2020 13:04
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/32102

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