Bastos, C. (forthcoming). “Unseen Diasporas: Portuguese Labor Migrants in Colonial Plantations“ in Migrant Frontiers: Race and Mobility in the Luso-Hispanic World, ed. Daniel da Silva and Lamonte Aidoo. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.

Bastos, C., B. Feldman-Bianco and M. Moniz, eds. 2021 (forthcoming). Migration and Mill Work: the Portuguese in New England. Dartmouth: Massachusetts University Press

Le Petitcorps, Colette and Amandine Desille. 2020. “‘La couleur du travail’ : une anthropologie historique de la fabrique de la race dans la plantation. Entretien avec Cristiana Bastos.” Migrations Société 182(4): 113-126

Bastos, C. 2020. “Indenture-at-wide: learning from Madeiran sugar routes”. Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund Magazine

Bastos, C. 2020. “Intersections of Empire, Post-Empire, and Diaspora: De-Imperializing Lusophone Studies”. Journal of Lusophone Studies 5(2): 27-54

Bastos, C. 2020. “Plantation Memories, Labor Identities, and the Celebration of Heritage: the case of Hawaii Plantation Village.” Museum Worlds. Advances in Research 8: 25-45.

Bastos, C. 2020. Febre a bordo: migrantes, epidemias, quarentenas. Horizontes Antropológicos 57: 27-55

Bastos, C. 2019. Açúcar, ananases e ilhéus portugueses no Hawaii: dinâmicas de migração, etnicidade e racialização no terreno e no arquivo. Etnográfica 23(3): 777-798

Bastos, C. 2018. Migrants, inequalities and social research in the 1920s: the story of “Two Portuguese Communities in New England”. History and Anthropology, 29 (2): 163-183

Bastos, C. 2018. Portuguese in the cane: the racialization of labour in Hawaiian plantations In Changing Societies: Legacies and Challenges. Vol. i. Ambiguous Inclusions: Inside Out, Inside In, eds. S. Aboim, P. Granjo, A. Ramos. Lisbon: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, 65-96. DOI:10.31447/ics9789726715030.03

Bastos, C. 2016. Sidney Mintz (1922-2015). Análise Social, Vol. LI (2.º), (n.º 219), 489-493

Bastos, C. 2011. Trânsitos atlânticos, pacíficos, terrestres: a pequena grande história de Maria Índia. In Arend, Silvia M. F.; Rial, Carmen S. M. e Pedro, Joana Maria (orgs), Diásporas, mobilidades e migrações, pp. 69-78. Florianopolis: Ed. Mulheres

Bastos, C. 2011. Ilhas, planaltos e travessias: os fluxos de madeirenses entre plantações e colónias. In As ilhas e a Europa, a Europa das ilhas, pp. 187-196. Funchal: Centro de Estudos de História do Atlântico

Bastos, C. 2009. Maria Índia, ou a fronteira da colonização: trabalho migração e política no planalto sul de Angola. Horizontes Antropológicos XV (31): 51-74.

Bastos, C. 2008. Migrants, Settlers and Colonists: The Biopolitics of Displaced Bodies. International Migration 46(5): 27-54


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Cristiana Bastos is currently the PI of the ERC project “The Colour of Labour: the Racialized Lives of Migrants”, funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme (Advanced Grant No 695573) and hosted at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-ULisbon), Portugal.

In the project The Colour of Labour: the Racialized Lives of Migrants we examine the ways in which the positions in the production structure generate racialized identifications which are at once contingent, hierarchical and naturalized. Social categories thus produced may appear as ethnicities, nationalities, cultures, races, or other collective entities; their dynamics combine the needs of a production system based on inequalities and hierarchies, on the one hand, and, on the other, the ideological representations that vary from explicit racism to a goal of equalitarian multiculturalism.

Rather than addressing the quintessential sites of race-production like the colonial plantations of the Americas and Caribbean based on enslaved African workforce, we explore the processes of racialization in other plantation and plantation-like economies based on imported, indentured, contracted, contingent and mobile migrant work across political boundaries.

As a large, multidisciplinary team, we combine the analytical and methodological traditions of anthropology, history, history of science and technology, sociology, social geography, migration and mobility studies in order to explore the political, ideological, scientific, technological, cultural and the experiential dimensions of the racialization processes.

Empirical cases of cross-empire labour-flows conducting to racializations include:

  • colonial British Guiana in the aftermath of abolition and transition to indentured labour;
  • Hawaiian sugar plantations, during its monarchy and after 1898 annexation, and the multiple sources of incoming labour from Asia and Europe;
  • New England cotton mills at the turn 19th/20thcenturies and its hierarchized groups of migrants;
  • the trans-imperial nexuses of S. Tomé’s cocoa and coffee economies;
  • the reconfigurations of plantation hierarchies in contemporary Mauritius;
  • the extreme contingency of labour and life in contemporary Southern Italy plantations.

As a complement to the empirical research tracks, we include a line of research on labour mobilities and one on racializations in science.

Innovation is expected on three fronts:

  • theory-making, by working the concepts of race, racism, racialization, embodiment and memory in association with migrant work across political boundaries and imperial classifications;
  • in connecting issues of pressing social relevance to substantive, broad-scope, and multi-sited anthropological/historical research on the wider structures of domination, rather than to targeted problem-solving research of immediate applicability;
  • (iii) by shifting from the conventional academic focus on national empires — and comparative studies of national empires — into the study of the flows and interactions between competing empires.


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