Ana Lucia Araujo

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Ana Lucia Araujo
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Born Ana Lucia Araujo
Occupation Historian, professor, author
Residence United States
Nationality Brazilian and Canadian[citation needed]
Education Université Laval (Ph.D. in History)
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

Ana Lucia Araujo (born in 1971) is a Brazilian-born Canadian historian, author and professor of History at Howard University. She is a member of the International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project.[1] Her scholarship focuses on the transnational history, public memory, visual culture, and heritage of slavery and the Atlantic slave trade.

Early life

Araujo was born and raised in Brazil. She is a Canadian citizen and resident of the United States.[2] She earned her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil (1995), and a MA in History from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, Brazil (1998). She moved to Canada in 1999 and obtained a PhD in Art History from Université Laval (Québec City, Canada) in 2004. Her supervisor was David Karel (1944-2007).[3] In 2007 she also earned in cotutelle a PhD in History (Université Laval) and a doctorate in Social and Historical Anthropology from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France).[4] Her supervisors were historian Bogumil Jewsiewicki and anthropologist Jean-Paul Colleyn.[5]


Araujo received a postdoctoral fellowship from FQRSC (Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture) in 2008, for the project titled: "Right to Image: Restitution of Cultural Heritage and Construction of the Memory of the Heirs of Slavery" but moved to Washington DC to take a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Howard University. She was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2011, and became full professor in 2014.[4] Araujo is editor of the book series Slavery: Past and Present by Cambria Press.[6] She lectures throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Argentina, in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.


Araujo's work explores the public memory of slavery in the Atlantic world.[7] She authored many books and articles on history and memory of slavery, including Public Memory of Slavery: Victims and Perpetrators in the Atlantic World (2010), Shadows of the Slave Past: Memory, Slavery, and Heritage (2014) and Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History (2017).[8] Public Memory of Slavery, her first book in English studies the historical connections between Bahia in Brazil and the Kingdom of Dahomey in modern Benin, during the era of the Atlantic slave trade and how in these two areas social actors are engaging in remembering and commemorating the slave past to forge particular identities through the construction of monuments, memorials, and museums.[9] In her second book she continued to focus on the processes of memorialization of slavery and the Atlantic slave trade in the Americas, with a particular emphasis on Brazil and the United States.[10] Her book Reparations for Slavery is a comprehensive history of the demands of financial and material reparations for slavery and the slave trade in the Atlantic world.[11][12]

Araujo's first book published in French, Romantisme tropical: l'aventure d'un peintre français au Brésil, examines how French travelogues, especially the travel account of French artist François-Auguste Biard (1799-1882), Deux années au Brésil, contributed to construct a particular image of Brazil in Europe.[13] In 2015, the University of New Mexico Press published a different version of this book Brazil Through French Eyes: A Nineteenth-Century Artist in the Tropics.



  • Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2017. 288 p. ISBN 978-1350010604.
  • Romantismo tropical: Um pintor francês nos trópicos. São Paulo: Editora da Universidade de São Paulo, 2017. 248 p. ISBN 85-314-1647-7
  • Brazil through the French Eyes: A Nineteenth-Century Artist in the Tropics. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2015. 264 p. ISBN 0826337457.
  • African Heritage and Memories of Slavery in Brazil and the South Atlantic World. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2015. 428 p. ISBN 1604978929.
  • Shadows of the Slave Past: Memory, Heritage, and Slavery. New York: Routledge, 2014. 268 p. ISBN 0415853923.
  • Politics of Memory: Making Slavery Visible in the Public Space. New York: Routledge, 2012. 296 p. ISBN 0415526922
  • Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Interactions, Identities and Images. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2011. 476 p. ISBN 1604977477
  • Crossing Memories: Slavery and African Diaspora. Coedited with Mariana P. Candido, and Paul E. Lovejoy. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2011. 308 p. ISBN 1592218202.
  • Public Memory of Slavery: Victims and Perpetrators in the South Atlantic. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2010. 502 p. ISBN 1604977140.
  • Living History: Encountering the Memory of the Heirs of Slavery. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. 290 p. ISBN 1443809985
  • Romantisme tropical: l'aventure illustrée d'un peintre français au Brésil. Quebec: Presses de l'Université Laval, 2008. 282 p. ISBN 2763786022.


  1. ^ "Members | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization". Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  2. ^ "CV – Ana Lucia Araujo". Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  3. ^ Ana Lucia Araujo, Romantisme tropical: L'aventure d'un peintre français au Brésil (Québec: Presses de l'Université Laval, 2008), VII.
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ Araujo, Ana Lucia. "Mémoires de l'esclavage et de la traite des esclaves dans l'Atlantique Sud: Enjeux de la patrimonialisation au Brésil et au Bénin (PhD dissertation, Université Laval, 2007), iv.
  6. ^ "Cambria Studies in Slavery". Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  7. ^ "HU History: Faculty". Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  8. ^ "Ana Lucia Araujo - Google Scholar Citations". Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  9. ^ "Public Memory of Slavery: Victims and Perpetrators in the South Atlantic By Ana Lucia Araujo". Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-05-10.
  11. ^ "V Books: Prof. Ana Araujo Pens A Comprehensive History Of 'Reparations For Slavery And The Slave Trade' In New Book". Vibe. 2017-11-30. Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  12. ^ "Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A New Book on the Idea of Reparations – AAIHS". Retrieved 2018-08-16.
  13. ^ "Brazil through French Eyes | University of New Mexico Press". Retrieved 2018-08-16.

External links

Recorded lectures
  • Memory of Slavery and the Problem of Reparations in Brazil in "Brazil Initiative Lecture Series," Watson Institute, Brown University, Providence, RI, February 7, 2018.
  • Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History. Book presentation at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC, February 15.   
  • Sites of Disembarkation and the Public Memory of the Atlantic Slave Trade in " International conference The States of Memory of Slavery: International Comparative Perspectives. La mémoire de l'esclavage dans tous ses états. Perspectives internationales comparées," École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France, October 22–23, 2015 (video).
  • Le corps de l’esclave: mémoires et patrimonies blessés (in French) at the International seminar «Éprouver le Brésil. Mémoires, marges et subversions», organized by CÉLAT (Université Laval) and the Harriet Tubman Institute (York University), held at Université Laval during the Black History Month, on February 26, 2015 (video).
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