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About Alice Bellagamba

Alice Bellagamba is Professor of Political Anthropology and African Studies at the University of Milano Bicocca. She holds the ERC GRANT, ‘Shadows of Slavery in West Africa and Beyond (SWAB): a Historical Anthropology’ (Grant Agreement: 313737). She carried out long-term fieldwork in The Gambia and Southern Senegal.

Articles by Alice Bellagamba

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Shadows of slavery: refractions of the past, challenges of the present

The past of slavery has many presents, and the present of exploitation many pasts. This collection brings together five years worth of research into how the legacies of 19th-century enslavement interact with contemporary bondage and exploitation.

Shadows of slavery part four: global capitalism and modern slavery

This fourth section of our collection Shadows of Slavery takes a step back from empirical case studies to explore neoliberal capitalism's reliance on an irregular, migratory workforce as a whole. 

Shadows of slavery part one: lives and memories

This first section of our collection Shadows of Slavery explores the continuing power of the past in shaping the everyday lives of 'slave descendants'. 

Whom should I marry? Genealogical purity and the shadows of slavery in southern Senegal

Hard choices are made when arranged marriages collide with a slave past.

Living in the shadows of slavery

The past of slavery has its many presents, and the present of exploitation its many pasts. Bridging the study of the historical and the contemporary can ask questions about the meaning of each.

The legacies of slavery in southern Senegal

The history of slavery and the slave trade shape contemporary patterns of vulnerability and exclusion in Southern Senegal, but continuity between past and present is not a straightforward process.

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