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Agata Błoch 
Phd

I am Assistant Professor in the Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences where I am working on the project: Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities. I have a PhD in History from the Institute of History (2021), MA in the History of the Portuguese Empire from Nova University of Lisbon (2018) and MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Warsaw (2014).

My research interests include early-modern Atlantic Portuguese Empire, colonial Brazil, digital history, social history, subalterns, postcolonial theories, historical network analysis, gender, and global history.

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Tłum Konferencji
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Recent book

“The Free and the Enslaved. Voices of the Subalterns in the History of Portuguese Empire” 

Warsaw, 2022, p. 468.

[Portuguese version]

"The Free and the Enslaved. Voices of the Subalterns in the History of Portuguese Empire" is the story of ordinary and extraordinary people living on the outskirts of the Portuguese colonial empire. It tells the story of those who once inhabited present-day Brazil, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, and the Atlantic archipelagos of Cape Verde and São Tomé. Among them were not only indigenous peoples but also Jews, Jewish converts or Muslims fleeing religious persecution, and Gypsies, witches, and criminals sentenced by the Inquisition and civil courts. Once free, once enslaved. But their subalternity varied when we consider intersecting elements such as gender, assimilation, relationship to their master, and their place in the network structure.  Thus, it is worth bringing out these voices and looking more closely at which social groups actively and consciously participated in making the Portuguese colonial empire and which ones disappeared forever from history. Will the reconstruction of history from the perspective of those most marginalized help to deconstruct it?

Online lectures

Recent articles

[ENG] OCHOA, M.R; GUENGERICH, S. V. (EDS). Cacicas: The Indigenous Women Leaders of Spanish America, 1492–1825. University of Oklahoma Press, 2021 

[PT] Um frei carmelita no mundo de intrigas eclesiásticas - uma tentativa de reconstruir o crime de assassinato cometido pelo padre Manuel da Madre de Deus e seu escravo António Fernandes.

Cordis. Dossiê: Religião e Sociedade, São Paulo, v.1, nº 26, 2021, 88-114.