Carla C. Francisco
Mark Claster Mamolen Dissertation Workshop Alumna 2020
Doctoral Candidate in Romance Studies with a specialization in Luso-Brazilian cultural studies, attached to Institut des Mondes Africains (IMAF) at Aix-Marseille Université. Her research interests are the literary and visual representation of Afro-Brazilian populations as well as the imagery depicting Slavery and enslaved people of African descent in the Visual Culture of Atlantic World during the nineteenth century. Her past research focused on the representation of Afro-Brazilian women in Romantic Literature, especially in the work of Maria Firmina dos Reis, first Afro-Brazilian female writer, and in the travel imagery. In her current research, she analyzes urban Slavery in Rio de Janeiro through popular and travel imagery and how a market of lithographic images is developed in this city during the first years of the Empire of Brazil (1822-1850). Comparing extensive archive collected in the Brazilian, European and American iconographic collections, she approaches her doctoral subject by the concept of visuality.