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The Stanford Center for Law and History will hold its second workshop of the Quarter on Tuesday, November 2, from 12:45-1:45 PM (Pacific). Margarita Lila Rosa, Lecturer and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford, will share the paper: “Marginalia: Black Women and Emerging Carceral Geographies in Rio de Janeiro, 1880-1888.”
The workshop will be a hybrid event held in-person (Room 320D) and via Zoom. As a reminder, we ask that you RSVP for each workshop in advance so that we can circulate the paper, provide the Zoom link to the event, and for food ordering purposes for those of you who wish to join us in-person. Please read the paper in advance.
Current guidelines do not allow us to bring food into events. For those who attend in-person, however, lunch will be provided at 12:25PM, 20 minutes before the talk at a table in Crocker Garden to the left of Room 190 entry doors.
We also ask all those who attend in-person to comply with current Stanford event guidelines which can be found here.
To RSVP, click here. Those who confirm their attendance will receive a separate email containing the paper and link to the event.
In this essay, Dr. Margarita Rosa shows how the Brazilian state used police forces to subjugate free and enslaved Black women during the last eight years of slavery in Brazil. The states’ new carceral apparatus criminalized behaviors that Black Brazilian women were often forced into, such as prostitution and loitering. This essay explores the possibilities and limitations of the category of being both “incarcerated and enslaved” and shows how the “carceral state” stepped into the role of overseer to regulate the actions of urban Black women.
Instrumentalizing the works of Katherine McKittrick, Marisa Fuentes, and Kelly Lytle-Hernández, Rosa shows how material “carceral geographies” accounted for the buildup of conceptions of urban Black Brazilian womanhood, and how carceral agents criminalized free and enslaved Black women for enacting survival strategies and “living in public” once the state had pushed them into the margins.