A revista Afro-Ásia é uma publicação semestral do Centro de Estudos Afro-Orientais e da Faculdade de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas da Universidade Federal da Bahia, dedicada, sobretudo, a temas afro-brasileiros, africanos e asiáticos. Essa publicação dedica-se à divulgação de estudos relativos às populações africanas, asiáticas e seus descendentes no Brasil e alhures. A revista preenche destacado espaço na vida cultural brasileira, pois ainda é um dos poucos periódicos nacionais inteiramente dedicados a temas afro-brasileiros e africanos. Visa promover a reflexão e o debate acadêmico sobre temas relacionados com a história da escravidão, as relações raciais e os complexos processos de construção identitária. Assim como produzir referências significativas para uma ação sócio-política progressista, orientada para o combate às desigualdades étnico-raciais na sociedade.


The Globethics.net library contains articles of Afro-Ásia as of vol. 1(1965) to current.

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  • Ojúwoni Bíi Kákú, Òrìṣà Nikò Gbóhùn Aṣ Ikà!…: Olabiyi Babalola Yai (1939-2020)

    Ayoh’Omidire, Félix (UFBA, 2022-06-19)
    Tribute to Olabiyi Babalola Yai (1939-2020)
  • Transnational Jihadism and the Insurgency in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

    Bonate, Liazzat J. K. (UFBA, 2022-06-19)
    This paper analyzes the conflict in Cabo Delgado against transnational jihadism, an ideology and political movement that takes hold of local grievances, especially against the state, triggering insurgency or channeling existing resistance. The conflict also represents a resistance against the Western-dominated global order. In its first part, the article discusses the concept and history of transnational jihadism, highlighting the changes in the ideology and actions of its protagonists, and its geographical expansion worldwide. The second part analyzes the socio-political and economic context of Cabo Delgado that contributed to the onset of insurgency, highlighting the resistance against the Mozambican state and against Western hegemony in the form of extractivism driven by transnational corporations that came to Cabo Delgado beginning in 2010.
  • The Limits of Religious and Racial Exclusion in Colonial Latin America

    Puntoni, Pedro (UFBA, 2022-06-19)
    Review of: Schwartz, Stuart. Blood and Boundaries: The Limits of Religious and Racial Exclusion in Early Modern Latin America. Waltham: Brandeis University Press, 2020. 187 p.
  • Africa from an African, Global, and Brazilian perspective

    Krause, Thiago (UFBA, 2022-06-19)
    Review of: REGINALDO, Lucilene; and FERREIRA, Roquinaldo (eds.). África, margens e oceanos: perspectivas de história social. Campinas: Ed. Unicamp, 2021. 560 p.
  • A New Captivity? The End of the Slave Trade and the Engagés à Temps in Senegal (1817-1848)

    Farias, Juliana Barreto (UFBA, 2022-06-19)
    In the first decades of the nineteenth century, bilateral agreements initiated by Great Britain led to the prohibition of the slave trade in several parts of the Atlantic World. In these processes, new categories of workers emerged that often had in common labor experiences that were theoretically conceived of as free, but that, in practice, represented new forms of exploiting and controlling the labor of African peoples. In this article, I examine the trajectories of these workers in Senegal, then a French colonial possession on the West African coast, where the slave trade was prohibited in 1818. There, workers known as engagés à temps included both former captives rescued from vessels engaged in the illegal slave trade and those who were “rescued” or acquired outside Senegal and freed after a long “apprenticeship in freedom,” in which they had to work for a certain period of time. By connecting the journeys of these hired workers and the contractors who employed their services (“engagistes”), I explore the different meanings conferred on slavery and freedom as expressed by men, women, and children.
  • “They Agreed to Kill Us, We Agreed to Stay Alive”: Racism and Black Resistance in Contemporary Brazilian Rap

    Müller, Henrique Da Rosa; Costa, Lucas Lazzarotto Vasconcelos (UFBA, 2022-06-19)
    Since its emergence and throughout the expansion of its popularity in the Brazilian racialized context, rap has been a strategy of black cultural resistance. This article analyzes how rap articulates cultural, historical, and social dimensions of the Brazilian racial debate in its compositions. Therefore, we propose a theoretical debate on the constitution of rap as an instrument of criticism and the specificities of the Brazilian racial issue. We then present a reflexive thematic analysis of 49 rap songs. From this analysis, we discuss the use of Afro-Brazilian religion as a mechanism for cultural resistance; a re-reading of the history of Brazil from a black perspective; and a critique of contemporary racial reality and the possible strategies for resistance. We conclude that rap is an important counter-hegemonic tool that encourages the appreciation of black culture and promotes self-esteem and racial awareness.
  • The Racialization of Citizenship

    Nascimento, Álvaro Pereira do (UFBA, 2022-06-19)
    Review of: GATO, Matheus. O massacre dos libertos: sobre república e raça no Brasil. São Paulo: Perspectiva, 2020. 163 p.
  • Independence, Post-Colonial Conflict, and East-West Competition in Angola, 1975-1976: A Reassessment of the Brazilian Diplomatic Sources

    Domínguez Avila, Carlos Federico (UFBA, 2022-06-19)
    This article examines the role of social actors involved in Angolan independence, as well as the consequences and ramifications of independence and related events from the perspective of the evolution of the international system. Based on recently declassified Brazilian diplomatic sources, the paper analyses the complex correlation of actors and agendas, especially regarding to Pan African nationalism, East-West competition, the hegemonic ambitions of regional powers, and the relevance of non-state actors. The Angolan conflict of the 1975-1976 period became an event of worldwide concern.
  • “I Have a Responsibility”: The Representation of the Japanese Woman in Koreeda Hirokazu’s Our Little Sister (2015)

    Sá Schat, Ana Luíza; CÂMARA, Antônio Da Silva (UFBA, 2022-06-19)
    This article plans to analyze the representation of women in Our Little Sister (2015), directed by Koreeda Hirokazu. Through film analysis and a literature review, it examines Koreeda’s cinematic work, with a focus on the female characters in Our Little Sister, seeking to identify how changes in family organization over the generations affect women’s roles. Understanding representations as historically situated symbolic elements, this paper attempts to contextualize both movie and filmmaker, also exploring aspects of Japanese society and culture. The article is therefore divided into four sections: first, a discussion of cinema and representation; second, an analysis of issues women face in modern Japan; ending with an analysis of the work in question, through its decoupage and a literature review.
  • On Account of the Unrest Caused in Bahia: Trade, Ultimatums, and Seizures in the Atlantic (1810-1815)

    Oliveira de Jesus, Paulo Cesar (UFBA, 2022-06-19)
    This paper discusses the first interferences by British cruisers in the transatlantic slave trade carried out by Bahian traders between 1811 and 1815. Among other things, it analyzes the tensions and damages caused to Bahia’s trade by the seizures, trials, and convictions of slave ships on the Salvador-Costa da Mina route. The British justified their actions as legitimated by the terms of article X of the 1810 Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of Alliance and Friendship, in which Portugal committed itself to gradually putting an end to the slave trade in its dominions.
  • Bahia and the Costa da Mina at the Dawn of the Second Slavery (1810-1831)

    Silva Júnior, Carlos Francisco da (UFBA, 2022-06-19)
    This paper examines the relations between Bahia and Costa da Mina at the dawn of the Second Slavery (c.1810-1831). Although scholars have focused their attention on the slave trade between Southeast Brazil and West-Central Africa, the Bight of Benin region in West Africa remained an important supplier of slaves. Beginning in 1815, Bahian slave traders developed strategies to circumvent British antislavery measures. At the same time, African slave ports organized trade operations to meet the demand for captives. The article also discusses the participation of African freedmen in the illegal slave trade. Although their involvement became more visible in the 1830s, prior to this they already present as members of the crew on slave ships or as small merchants, participating in transoceanic trading networks. Finally, the paper reassess the number of Africans trafficked from the Bight of Benin to Bahia.
  • Ilê Aiyê, a Paradigm of the Narrative on African-ness in Bahia

    Moura, Milton (UFBA, 2022-06-19)
    Review of: AFOLABI, Niyi. Carnaval e Política: o Ilê Aiyê e a reinvenção da África. Salvador: EDUFBA, 2020. 442 p.
  • Abolition, Sacred for Some

    Graden, Dale T. (UFBA, 2022-06-19)
    Review of: Needell, Jeffrey D. The Sacred Cause: The Abolitionist Movement, Afro-Brazilian Mobilization, and Imperial Politics in Rio de Janeiro. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2020. 361 p.
  • Literature and Experience: Scenes from Slavery

    Pereira, Leonardo Affonso de Miranda (UFBA, 2022-06-19)
    Review of: BADARÓ, Francisco Coelho Duarte. Fantina: cenas da escravidão. Afterword and notes by Sidney Chalhoub. São Paulo: Chão Editora, 2019. 191 p.
  • Luanda, “A New Alexandria”: From the Slave Trade to “Legal” Commerce

    Ngãla, Juelma de Matos (UFBA, 2022-06-19)
    Review of: OLIVEIRA, Vanessa S. Slave Trade and Abolition: Gender, Commerce and Economic Transition in Luanda. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2021. 272 p.
  • Sueli Carneiro in Black and White

    Rios, Flavia (UFBA, 2022-06-19)
    Review of: SANTANA, Bianca. Continuo preta: a vida de Sueli Carneiro. São Paulo: Companhia das Letras, 2021. 296 p.
  • When Zumbi Comes, What Will Happen ?

    Mercês, Calila das (UFBA, 2022-06-19)
    Review of: CARDOSO, Edson Lopes. Intimações do desumano. Salvador: Quarteto, 2021. 74 p.
  • About the Sailors of History: The African Duarte José Martins da Costa and the Atlantic Slave Trade “Petty Network” (Rio de Janeiro – Angola – Recife – Benin, 19th Century)

    Costa, Valéria; Gomes, Flávio (UFBA, 2022-06-19)
    This article presents fragments of the life of Duarte José Martins da Costa, a sailor whose experiences of enslavement and freedom were at the crossroads of the slave trade between West and Central-West Africa and Brazil. Through his trajectory, we examine the Atlantic connections between small businesses, seafarers, captive brokers; freed, enslaved, and free people; Europeans, Americans, Africans; whites, blacks, and “mixed race” people who constituted what we call the “small network” of the slave trade and who were also responsible for its breadth illegal in nineteenth-century Brazil.
  • A New History of the Yorubas

    Mann, Kristin (UFBA, 2022-06-19)
    Review of: OGUNDIRAN, Akinwumi. The Yorùbá: A New History. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2020. 532 p.
  • Poetry and Society in Contemporary Brazilian Literature

    Aparecida, Luciany (UFBA, 2022-06-19)
    Review of: BASTOS, Fernanda. Eu vou piorar. Porto Alegre: Figura de Linguagem, 2020. 99 p.

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