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Yesenia Barragan will discuss her new book, published in 2021 by Cambridge University Press. In this work, Barragan rethinks the nineteenth-century project of emancipation by arguing that the liberal freedom generated through gradual emancipation constituted a modern mode of racial governance that birthed new forms of social domination, while temporarily instituting de facto slavery. Although gradual emancipation was ostensibly designed to destroy slavery, she argues that slaveholders in Colombia came to have an even greater stake in it.

Dr Bethan Fisk (University of Bristol) will comment.

Yesenia Barragan is Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Rutgers University. She is a historian of modern Latin America and the Caribbean, specializing in the transnational history of race, slavery, and emancipation in Afro-Latin America and the African diaspora in the Americas. Other publications include Selling Our Death Masks: Cash-for-Gold in the Age of Austerity (Zero, 2014).


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