Ocean Crossings | Cristiana Bastos | 20 November 2021

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The theme of the seas has long been a central topic in scholarship on the Lusophone world, but more recent research has invested ocean crossings with new relevance and urgency. Instead of focusing on the stereotypical ocean crossings of the Portuguese maritime expansion, Ocean Crossing brings together a diversity of approaches focused on the “less obvious” sea mobilities within the Lusophone world, those associated with labor, brutality, precariousness, and indentured migration. Included in this volume are discussions of racialization, migration, colonialism, and labor. Cristiana Bastos (PhD CUNY 1996) is an anthropologist and core team member of the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon. Her interests combine anthropology, history, and the social study of science, technology, and medicine. She has taught at the universities of Lisbon, Coimbra, ISCTE, Brown, UMass, UNICAMP, UERJ and guest lectured at Museu Nacional-UFRJ, FIOCRUZ, UFSC, UFRGS, UnB, Yale, Chicago, Berkeley,Hawai‘i- Manoa, Oxford, Edinburgh, St Andrews, JNU, and Eduardo Mondlane among others. In previous research projects she has addressed population dynamics, transnational mobility, colonial biopolitics, medicine and empire, and the social history of health and well-being, with field and archival research in Portugal, Brazil, the US, Mozambique, and India. She is currently leading the project The Colour of Labour – The Racialized Lives of Migrants, a European Research Council Advanced Grant, with research on Guyana, Hawai‘i, New England, Angola, and others.The publication of Ocean Crossings is supported in part by “The Colour of Labour – The Racialized Lives of Migrants,” funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (Advanced Grant No. 695573 – PI Cristiana Bastos). 

To view Ocean Crossings on open access click here: https://ojs.lib.umassd.edu/index.php/plcs/index.

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