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Can a Female Slave be a Philosopher? Rosa Maria, the Transatlantic Black Slave answers to Immanuel Kant

In the 21st century demand democratisation of history of philosophy and, and most particularly the recuperation of feminist lineages, the angst of influence is still most prevalent. Anne Conway must be included insofar she influenced Leibniz, Emile du Chatelet because she translated and commented Isaac Newton´s Principia, or Elisabeth of Bohemia due to her correspondence with Descartes. However, insisting on the networks of elitism, power only serve to reinforce the role of privileged women in the history of philosophy, failing thus the basic purpose of feminism itself- which is a social and political transformation that enables women and men in their plurality to be more than represented be full agents in their own right in the construction of a society based on values of justice, diversity and inclusivity. A decolonial turn therefore When researching on the subtle archive of former enslaved women, Rosa Maria, a Egipcíaca, who lived during the eighteenth-century in three diferente continental and cultural worldviews: born and captured in Benin, West Africa, trafficked to Brazil, and persecuted in Lisbon, Kant would be an improbable philosophical partner to choose from. However this is my goal in this paper . I would like to reflect upon diverse themes that constitute a ‘slave subjectivities’. – the records of inquisition as a memory or archive for the ‘slave subjectivity’ and test this textual artifact as a product of negotiating ideas; – The ‘poaching’ or trafficking tactics (Michel de Certeau) that are used back and forth from the mystical and scholastic tradition – Rosa´s mystical practices and teachings of healing which unveil Rosa Maria not only as a theologian as a proto-ethicist of care.Joana Serrado


Joana Serrado (BA, Coimbra 2001, MA, Porto 2005, Phd Groningen 2014) is currently researcher at the Instituto de Filosofia, University of Porto. Previously she was the Gordon Milburn Junior Research Fellow in Mysticism at the University of Oxford (2013-2017), visiting lecturer at Cambridge (2016), assistant Professor in Oslo (2012/13) Fulbright Fellow at Harvard Divinity School (2010). Her research focus on medieval and early modern history of ideas, philosophy and theology, in dialogue with in feminist theory. Serrado´s work has appeared at Early Modern Women and Medieavalia: Textos e Estudos and forthcoming is an edition at the series “The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe” and a chapter Routledge. Her doctoral thesis on anxiousness in the Cistercian Joana de Jesus (1617-1681) forthcoming at Brill was reviewed included in the latestthvolume of Bernard McGinn´s History of Christian Mysticism. This research is part of her next book “Touch me Closer. The God of Women Philosophers in Portuguese Baroque World” under contract with Amesterdam University Press.

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October 29, 2018 at 1:33 pm

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