Vanessa S. Oliveira

Vanessa S. Oliveira
PhD. Professor
Office:
SSC24 (Temporary location)
Telephone:
613-541-6000 ext 5458
Fax:
(613) 536-4801
Department of History

College Address

Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario, CANADA
K7K 7B4

Dr. Oliveira is assistant professor at the History Department at RMC since 2018. She teaches courses on early and modern Africa, European colonialism and African women’s history.

Dr. Oliveira obtained a PhD in history from York University in 2016 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto from 2016 to 2018. Her PhD dissertation focuses on the participation of women in trade in Luanda, the capital of Angola (1770-1867). She has published several articles and book chapters on women merchants, interracial marriage and slavery in Luanda. Her book Abolition, Gender and Slavery at Luanda is under contract with the University of Wisconsin Press, scheduled to be published in 2019. Dr. Oliveira is currently working on a second project entitled A Social History of Slavery in Luanda, which focuses on the enslaved population of the capital of Angola and its hinterland during the era of “legitimate” commerce (1850-1870).

Before joining the History Department at RMC, Dr. Oliveira taught courses in early and modern Africa at York University and at the University of Toronto Scarborough.  

Education

  • PhD: York University
  • MA: Universidade Federal de Sergipe
  • BA: Universidade Federal de Sergipe

Research Interests

  • African History
  • Angola
  • South Atlantic
  • Colonialism
  • African Women’s History
  • Gender and Sexualities 

Courses Taught

  • Slavery in Brazil
  • Africa and Europe in the Age of Colonialism
  • Africa in the Era of the Slave Trade
  • Military History and Strategic Thought
  • European Imperialism – Nineteenth and Twentieth Century

Publications

Edited Collection

  • [with Paul E. Lovejoy] Slavery, Memory and Citizenship (Trenton: Africa World Press, 2016).

Refereed Journal Articles

  • 2018  “Donas, escravas e pretas livres em Luanda (séc. XIX),” Estudos Ibero-Americanos 44:3 (2018): 447-456.
  • 2015 “The Gendered Dimension of Trade: Female Traders in Nineteenth Century Luanda,” Portuguese Studies Review 23:2 (2015): 93-121.
  • 2015 “Gender, Foodstuff Production and Trade in Late-Eighteenth Century Luanda,” African Economic History, 43 (2015): 57-81.
  • 2014 “Devoção e Distinção Étnica na Irmandade do Homens Pretos do Rosário da Cidade de São Cristóvão-Sergipe,”Portuguese Studies Review 22:2 (2014): 79-112.
  • 2014 “A devoção a Nossa Senhora do Rosário em Sergipe del Rey (séc. XIX),” Revista do Instituto Histórico e Geográfico de Sergipe 44:2, 313-338.
  • 2013 “An Index to the Slavery and Slave Trade Enquiry: The British Parliamentary House of Commons Sessional Papers, 1788-1792,” History in Africa 40, 1-63 [with Paul E. Lovejoy].
  • 2009 “Monumentos Restaurados e Histórias em Ruínas: As intervenções arqueológicas no sobrado do IPHAN em São Cristóvão-SE,” Revista Vestígios 3:2, pp. 21-41 [with Marcos Santana Sousa e Jenilton Ferreira].
  • 2008 “Identidade e religiosidade no universo católico da cidade de São Cristóvão-SE (1860-1880),” Cadernos UFS – História 9, pp. 23-31.
  • 2008 “Devoção com Diversão: A Festa de Nossa Senhora do Rosário na Cidade de São Cristóvão-SE, século XIX,” Revista do Instituto Histórico e Geográfico de Sergipe 37, pp. 51-70 [with Hippolyte Brice Sogbossi].
  • 2008 “A Festa do Rosário dos Homens Pretos na cidade São Cristóvão/SE,” Cadernos de História 4:2, pp. 14-24 [with Verônica Maria M. Nunes].
  • 2007 “A África no Brasil: as irmandades religiosas como símbolos de resistência,”  Caderno do Estudante,Universidade Federal de Sergipe 1, pp. 75 - 81.
  • 2007 “Identidade, Religiosidade e Cotidiano Escravo: Inserção social de africanos no campo religioso da cidade de São Cristóvão-SE, Século XIX,” Revista Scientia Plena 3, pp. 49 - 53.
  • 2005 “Conflitos Internos em Sergipe: a instabilidade política e a consolidação da autonomia,” Revista do Instituto Histórico e Geográfico de Sergipe 34, pp. 85-101.

Book Chapters

  • 2019 “Spouses and Commercial Partners: Immigrant Men and Locally Born Women in Luanda 1831-1859,” in Mariana C. Candido e Adam Jones, eds., African Women in the Atlantic World: Property, Vulnerably and Mobility, 1660-1880 (Woodbridge: James Currey, 2019), 217-32.
  • 2016 “Mulher e comércio: A participação feminina nas redes comerciais em Luanda (século XIX),” in Edvaldo Bergamo, Selma Pantoja, and Ana Claudia Silva, eds., Angola e as Angolanas: Memória, Sociedade e Cultura (São Paulo: Intermeios, 2016), 133-152.
  • 2016 “Slavery and the Forgotten Women Slave Owners of Luanda (1846-1876),” in Paul E. Lovejoy and Vanessa S. Oliveira, eds., Slavery, Memory and Citizenship (Trenton: Africa World Press, 2016), 129-148.
  • 2014 “Trabalho escravo e ocupações urbanas em Luanda na segunda metade do século XIX,” in Selma Pantoja e Estevam C. Thompson, eds., Em torno de Angola: narrativas, identidades e as conexões atlânticas (São Paulo: Intermeios, 2014), 265-67.
  • 2013 “Notas Preliminares Sobre Punição de Escravos em Luanda (Século XIX),” in Ana Cristina Roque e Maria Manuel Torrão, ed., O Colonialismo Português: Novos Rumos da historiografia dos PALOP (Porto: Ediçõs Húmus, 2013), 155-176.

Conference Participation

  • May 2018: “Slavery in the era of Legitimate Commerce: Origins and Experiences of Captives in Luanda and its Hinterland,” Conference of the Canadian Association of African Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston-On, Canada.
  • July 2017: “Women, Retail Trade, and Colonial Repression in Nineteenth Century Luanda,” Lusophone Studies Association Conference, Aracaju, Brazil.
  • March 2017: “Spouses and Commercial Partners: Matrimony between Foreign Traders and Local Women in Nineteenth Century Luanda,” Workshop Atlantic Encounters and Female Initiatives, Dublin, Ireland. 
  • December 2016: “The Slave Registers of Luanda and its Hinterland: Possibilities and Limitations,” Conference of the African Studies Association, Washington D.C., USA.
  • September 2016: “Slavery and ‘Legitimate’ Commerce in Nineteenth Century Luanda,” Conference of the African Studies Association UK, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • November 2015: “Women and Trade in Nineteenth Century Luanda,” 58th Meeting of the African Studies Association, San Diego-CA, USA.
  • October 2015: “The Forgotten Slave Traders: Women and Slave Trade in Nineteenth Century Luanda,” New Research on The Atlantic Slave Trade Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge-MA.
  • May 2015: “A constituição do patrimônio feminino em Luanda (século XIX),” Seminário Internacional Cultura, Política e Trabalho na África Meridional, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas-São Paulo, Brazil.
  • November 2014: “Women and Land in Nineteenth Century Luanda,” 57th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, Indianapolis, USA.
  • February 2014: “Birth, Colour and Wealth: Becoming a Dona in Nineteenth Century Luanda,” International Conference The Meaning of Blackness, Universidad de Costa Rica, San Pedro-CR.
  • January 2014: “Enslaved Women’s Labour in 19th Century Luanda,” 128th American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., USA.
  • July 2013: “Female landowners and entrepreneurs: food suppliers in 19th century Luanda,” I CHAM International Conference Colonial (mis)understandings: Portugal and Europe in global perspective, 1450-1900, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon-PT.
  • May 2013: "Luanda’s Market Women: Food Provisioners and Quitandeiras (1784-1817)," Workshop Towards the Angolan Past, York University, Toronto-CA.
  • May 2013: “Free and Enslaved Women in the Markets of Luanda (1784-1817),” 43th Canadian Association of African Studies Annual Meeting, Carleton University, Ottawa-CA.
  • February 2013: “Luso-African Donas in 19th Century Luanda,” Tubman Working Paper Seminar, Harriet Tubman Institute, York University.
  • January 2013: “Strategies of Power: Luso-African Donas in 19th Century Luanda,”127th American Historical Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA.
  • November 2012: “Trabalho Escravo e Gênero em Luanda na Segunda Metade do Século XIX,” Problemas e Desafios na Historiografia Africana: O Caso de Angola, Instituto Superior de Ciências da Educação, Luanda, Angola.
  • August 2012: “Donas de Escravos em Luanda (Século XIX),” II Encontro Internacional de Estudos Africanos, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói, Brazil.
  • June 2012: “Female Ownership of Slaves in Nineteenth Century LuandaSummer Workshop “Africans and their Connections in the Americas,” Harriet Tubman Institute, York University, Canada.
  • May 2012: “The Forgotten Slave-Owners: Women and Slavery in 19c. Luanda,” 42th Canadian Association of African Studies Annual Meeting, Laval University, Quebec, Canada.
  • November 2011: “Escravidão, gênero e ocupação em Angola na segunda metade do século XIX,” Seminario Internacional “Em Torno de Angola”, Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil.
  • June 2011: “Denúncias de Punição de Escravos em Luanda (século XIX),” Seminario Internacional Novos Rumos da Historiografia dos PALOP, Instituto de Investigação Cientifica Tropical, Lisboa-Portugal.
  • May 2011: “Punishment of Slaves in Nineteenth-Century Luanda,” 41th Canadian Association of African Studies Annual Meeting, York University, Toronto, Canada.
  • February 2011: “Challenging the Law: mistreatment of slaves in nineteenth-century Luanda,” New Frontiers Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada.
  • December 2010: “Denouncing their owner’s cruelty: the punished slaves’ voice in the nineteenth century Luanda,” Searching for the African Voice: Studying Slavery and the Slave Trade in Africa, University of Buea, Cameroon.
  • May 2010: “What Else Were They Doing? The Donas of Nineteenth Century Luanda,” 40th Canadian Association of African Studies Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
  • January 2010: “‘The Angolan Empire’: Brotherhoods and (re) construction of ethnicity in the diaspora,” Multiculturalism Conference Brazil/United States of America/ Canada, York University, Toronto, Canada.
  • November 2008: “As Donas de Luanda nos meados do século XIX: Para além do matrimônio e da maternidade,” V Coloquio  Internacional Trabalho Forçado Africano, Salvador-BA, Brazil.
  • June 2007: “Irmandades negras: resistência identitária no catolicismo,” Simpósio Internacional em Ciências das Religiões, João Pessoa-PB, Brazil.
  • October 2007:  “Etnicidade e Religiosidade: Fronteiras no Campo Religioso de São Cristóvão-SE, Século XIX,” Reunião Equatorial de Antropologia/ X Reunião de Antropólogos do Norte e Nordeste, Aracaju-SE, Brazil.
  • March 2007:  “Irmandades Religiosas: identidade e distinção social na experiência católica da cidade de São Cristóvão-SE (séc. XIX),” IX Simpósio Anual da Associação Brasileira de História das Religiões “Religiões e Religiosidades: Entre a Tradição e a Modernidade,” Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
  • November 2006: “O Império dos Angolas na Cidade de São Cristóvão-SE: Um estudo do significado social da Irmandade dos Homens Pretos do Rosário,” II Encontro de Pós-Graduação, Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Brazil.
  • November 2006:  [with Jenilton Ferreira and Marcos Santana Souza] “Intervenções Arqueológicas no Sobrado do IPHAN em São Cristóvão/SE,” 4º. Workshop Arqueológico de Xingó, 2006, Aracaju: Anais do 4 Workshop Arqueológico de Xingó, Aracaju-SE, Brazil.
  • August 2006: “A Irmandade dos Homens Pretos do Rosário: Espaço de Distição dos Negros na Sociedade Sancristovense,” VIII Semana de Ciências Sociais, Universidade Federal de Sergipe, São Cristóvão-SE, Brazil.
  • June 2006:  “Etnicidade e Caridade na Irmandade dos Homens Pretos do Rosário de São Cristóvão-SE (Séc. XIX),” Encontro da Pós-Graduação, Universidade Federal de Sergipe, São Cristóvão-Sergipe, Brazil.
  • June 2004: “O Governo de Manuel Fernandes da Silveira e as dificuldades para consolidação da autonomia sergipana,” III Seminário de Pesquisa, Department of History, Universidade Federal de Sergipe, São Cristóvão-Sergipe, Brazil.
  • June 2002: “Manuel Fernandes da Silveira e autonomia sergipana,” IV Congresso de Iniciação Científica, Universidade Federal de Sergipe, São Cristóvão-SE, Brazil.
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