Seminar: Labor Policies and Migrant Experiences: Portuguese Islanders in Hawaii


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Research - Noon Seminar Series

When: Sep 25 2017 - 12:00pm until Sep 25 2017 - 1:00pm
Where: John A. Burns Hall, 3012 (Third Floor)

From 1878 to 1913, more than 20,000 Portuguese contract laborers came to Hawai‘i to work on sugar plantations. Most originated from Madeira and the Azorean archipelago, although a smaller number came from mainland Portugal. This presentation will explore why this distant population was recruited to work in the fields of Hawai‘i, the labor policies discussed and implemented during the Kingdom of Hawai‘i, the social actors involved in those policies, and the social and ethnic dynamics that emerged in the process. This research is part of a larger project on labor flows across empires and nations, funded by the European Research Council (ERC AdG 695573 The Colour of Labour: The Racialized Lives of Migrants, PI Cristiana Bastos).

Cristiana Bastos is an anthropologist (PhD CUNY, 1996) and a research professor at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon. She has worked on topics in public health, epidemics, population dynamics, migration, and colonialism in Brazil, the United States, colonial India, Mozambique, and Southern Portugal. She is currently head of the Identities, Cultures and Vulnerabilities Research Group at her home institution.

Nicholas B. Miller is a historian of knowledge (PhD Universität Potsdam, 2014) and a research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon. His first monograph, John Millar and the Scottish Enlightenment: Family Life and World History, was released by Oxford earlier this year. He is currently working on a book on the global circulation of contract labor policies and strategies in the 19th century, focusing on Hawai‘i, the Caribbean, and Malaysia.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Anna Tanaka
Phone: 808.944.7607