Stuart M. McManus, Chinese University of Hong Kong | Newberry

Stuart M. McManus, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Saturday, December 1, 2018

2 to 4pm

Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Premodern Studies Seminar

Slavery, Race and Renaissance Humanism in Early Modern Portuguese India

In order to build up a more complete picture of the slave trade in the early modern world, this paper examines a hitherto unstudied manuscript treatise by the Jesuit humanist Gomes Vaz (1542-1600), which treats the origins (African, South Asian, Chinese and Japanese) and legal statuses of the slaves owned by Christians in Portuguese India. As such, the manuscript offers a unique window onto the otherwise poorly-documented legal and intellectual history of the Iberian slave trade in Eurasia and its relationship to the better-known transatlantic slave trade.

Cost and Registration Information 

This scholarly program is free and open to all, but space is limited and registration in advance is required. Newberry Scholarly Seminars papers are pre-circulated. For a copy of the paper, email Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend.

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