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The Life and Story of Rosa Maria: Brazil's First Black Author

Thirty years after the release of Rosa Maria Egipcíaca’s biography by Brazilian historian Luiz Mott in 1993, one of Rio’s strongest Carnival samba schools, Unidos do Viradouro, finally brought her name into Brazilian mainstream culture. Rosa Maria is Brazil’s first Black author, having written a book and letters of prophecy. Her story is global in both space and time. In her journey, Rosa traversed three different continents -- Africa, South America and Europe -- interconnected by the colonial ties of transatlantic slavery and Catholicism, and though she lived in the eighteenth century, her ‘afterlife’ extends until today, as will be described through the context of Brazil’s Carnival

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Michael Curtin

managing editor

Victor Faessel

Advisory committee

Janet Afary

Alison Brysk

Jan Nederveen Pieterse

Contributing editors

Daniele Archibugi

Neera Chandhoke

Scarlett Cornelissen

Ayça Çubukçu

Richard Falk

Bishnupriya Ghosh


Penelope Green

Marwan Kraidy

Jie-Hyun Lim

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Celso Amorim

Ien Ang

Helmut Anheier

Arjun Appadurai

Roland Benedikter

Manuela Boatca

Craig Calhoun

Manuel Castells

Rey Chow

Allen Chun

Manuela Ciotti

Elaine Coburn

Donatella della Porta

Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier

Abdellah Hammoudi

Maria Immacolata Vassallo

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Aniko Imre

Koichi Iwabuchi

Paul James

Dayan Jayatilleka

Mark Juergensmeyer

Habibul Khondker

Ranjani Mazumdar

Anne McClintock

Nivedita Menon

Sara Mourad

Tarik Sabry

Dominic Sachsenmaier

Saskia Sassen

Mona Kanwal Sheikh

Manfred Steger

Daya Thussu

Anna Tsing

David Wank

Wendy Willems

Steven Witt

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