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Professor Denise Ferreira da Silva
Chair in Ethics

Location: Mile End, Francis Bancroft Building, 3.33
Phone: +44 (0)20 7882 8414
Fax: +44 (0)20 7882 3615

Role: Director of Centre for Ethics & Politics (CfEP)

Research interests:

Denise's areas of interest include political theory, feminist theory, globalization, law & human rights, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and cultural studies. Denise intends to develop the following research agenda: (a) the formulation of a notion of Global Justice, which acknowledges and addresses the effects of present and past conditions of political (economic, juridic, and symbolic) subjugation; (b) the tracing and unweaving of the various layers and threads of the global matrix which, is a concept that describes the present global conditions of existence, and (c) the tracking and expanding of liberatory political moves and statements that may guide the delineation of a project of Global Justice that does not merely re-inscribe the limiting modern ontoepistemological premises.


Journal Articles and other Peer Reviewed Publications:

Book Series
(2011-) co-Editor - Law and the Postcolonial: Ethics, Politics, Economics. London: Routledge


(In Preparation) No-Bodies: Raciality and Logic of Security in the Global Present.

(In Preparation) A Critique of Racial Violence.

(2007) Toward a Global Idea of Race. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Edited Volumes
(In preparation) Human, Race, Rights. W/ Mark Harris & Colin Perrin. London: Routledge/Cavendish.  

(In preparation) Postcolonial Capitalism: Histories & Cartographies of Global Capitalism.     
W/ Rashne Limki. London: Routledge/Cavendish.

(2015) Law, Race, and the Postcolonial – A Handbook. W/ Mark Harris. London: Routledge/Cavendish.

(2015) Indigenous Peoples & the Law – A Handbook. W/ Mark Harris. London: Routledge/Cavendish.

(2014) Indigenous Peoples & the Law: Major Works. W/ Mark Harris. London: Routledge.

(2014) Postcolonialism and the Law: Major Works. W/ Mark Harris. London: Routledge.

(2013) Race, Empire, and The Crisis of the Subprime. W/ Paula Chakravartty. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Special Journal Issues
(2012) Guest co-Editor – Special Issue on Race, Empire, and the Crisis of the Subprime. American Quarterly  63 (3), September.

(2004) Guest Editor - Special issue on Race and Nation in Brazil. Social Identities 10 (6), December.

Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed)

(Forthcoming) Lapis Philosophorum Found!  Raciality and the Epoch of Man. South Atlantic Quarterly

(2013) “To be Announced: Radical Praxis or Knowing (at) the Limits of Justice.” Social Text 31 (1 – 114), Spring

(2012) “Accumulation, Dispossession & Debt: The Racial Logic of Global Capitalism - Introduction.” American Quarterly 63 (3), September.

(2011) Notes for a Critique of the ‘Metaphysics of Race’.  Theory, Culture & Society 28 (1).

(2010) “The End of Brazil: An Analysis of the Debate on Racial Equity on the Edges of Global Market Capitalism.” Columbia University National Black Law Journal, 1 (1).  

(2009) “Evo Morales: An Outline of a Global Subject.” Seattle University Law Review/ Seattle Journal for Social Justice, 8 (1).

(2009) “No-bodies: Law, Raciality and Violence.” Griffith Law Review 18 (2), August.

(2006) “Á Brasileira: Racialidade e a Escrita de um Desejo Destrutivo.” Revista Estudos Feministas 14 (1): 61-83

(2005) “A Tale of Two Cities: Saigon, Fallujah, and the Ethical Boundaries of Empire.” Amerasia 31(2): 121-134

(2005)  “‘Bahia Pêlo Negro’:  Can the Subaltern (subject of raciality) Speak?” Ethnicities 5 (3): 321-342

(2004)  “An Introduction: The Predicament of Brazilian Culture.” Social Identities
10 (6): 719-734

(2001)  “Toward a Critique of the Socio-Logos of Justice: The Analytics of Raciality and the Production of Universality.” Social Identities, (7) 3: 421-454

(1999)   “Zumbi & Simpson, Farrakhan & Pelé: the crossroads of racial discourse.” Estudos Afro-Asiáticos, 37.

(1998) “Facts of Blackness: Brazil is not (Quite) the United States ... And, Racial Politics in Brazil?” Social Identities, 4 (2), June 1998.

(1993) “Race, Gender in the Labor Market” (with Marcia Lima). Estudos Afro-Asiáticos, 23: 97-111.

(1989) “Revisiting Racial Democracy: race and national identity in Brazilian thought.” Estudos Afro-Asiáticos, 16: 157-170.

(1987) “The Death of Mãe Menininha: co-optation or resistance.” Comunicações do ISER, 21: 87-92.

Book Chapters (Peer Reviewed)
(Forthcoming) “Radical Praxis or Knowing (at) the Limits of Justice” in Edited by Sherene Razack and Suvendrini Perera. At the Limits of Justice. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

(Forthcoming) “Race and Development” Robert Porter and Vandana Desai (Eds) The Companion to Development Studies, Third Edition. London: Hodde & Stoughton Lmited.

(In Press) “Before Man: Sylvia Wynter’s Rewriting of the Modern Episteme” in The Realization of Living: Sylvia Wynter and Being Human. Edited by Katherine McKittrick. Durham: Duke University Press.

(2013) “Accumulation, Dispossession, and Debt: The Racial Logic of Global Capitalism – An Introduction. W/ Paula Chakravartty. In Race, Empire and the Crisis of the Subprime. Edited by Paula Chakravartty & Denise Ferreira da Silva. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

(2011) “No-Bodies: Law, Violence, Raciality” in Critical Legal Theory (Critical Concepts in Law). Edited by Costas Douzinas and Colin Perrin. London: Routledge.

(2010) “Many Hundred Thousand Bodies Later: An Analysis of the ‘Legacy’ of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda” in Sundhya Pahuja, Fleur Johns, Richard Joyce. Events: The Force of International Law'. London: Cavendish/Routledge.

(2010) “Despensar La Existencia Global: La analítica de la racialidad y la posibilidad de una justicia global,” Raza, etnicidad y racismos: debates a la ciudadanía republicana en el marco de la conmemoración de los Bicentenario de las Independencias en las Américas Negras. Editores CMRL; Agustín Laó Montes; César Rodríguez. Universidad Nacional de Colombia, sede Bogotá- CES – IDCARÁN;  Universidad de los Andes- Observatorio de Discriminación Racial, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, sede Medellín, Facultad de Ciencias Humanas y Económicas

(2005) “Out of África? Umbanda and the ‘Ordering’ of the Modern Brazilian Space” in Fragments of Bone: Neo-African Religions in the Americas. Patrick Bellegarde-Smith (ed.). Champaign, Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

(2004) “Mapping Territories of Legality: An Exploratory Cartography of Black Female subjects” in Patricia Truitt and Peter Fitzpatrick (Eds.) Critical Beings: Race, Nation, and the Global Subject. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.

(2003) “Re-Writing the Black Subject: “History” and ‘Culture’ in the Black Brazilian Emancipatory Text.” Peter Osborne and Stella Sandford (Eds.). Philosophies of Race and Ethnicity. London: Athlone Press.

(2001) “Voicing ‘Resistance’: Race and Nation in the Mapping of the Modern Global Space” in Eliezer Ben Rafael (Ed.). Identity, Culture, and Globalization. Boston: Brill Academic Publishers.

(1999) “The Drama of Modernity: race and representation in television soap operas in Brazil” in Black Brazil. Culture, Identity, and Social Mobilization. Larry Crook and Randal Johnson (Eds.) Los Angeles: UCLA Latin American Center.

Grants, contracts, awards and external publications:

Awards, Fellowships, Research & Travel Grants: 

(2010) Fellow-in-Residence - Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study/Stellenbosse Instituut vir
Gevorderde Navorsing – Stellenbosch, South Africa – Research Project: Genres of Critique, directeb by
Prof. Karin Van Marle (Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria) and Dr. Stewart Motha (Law School,
University of Kent)

(2009) Research Grant – Committee of Research-Academic Senate - University of California, San Diego
– Project: “No-bodies: A Study of Racial Subjection in Australia and South Africa” 3

(2005) Travel Grant – Center for the Humanities, University of California, San Diego – Mestizajes
Conference, Cambridge, UK, September 16-18.

(2004-2005) Research Grant – Committee on Research-Academic Senate – University of California, San
Diego – Project: “Beneath the Global Mandate: Racial Politics in Contemporary Brazil.”

(2004) Travel Grant – Committee on Research/Academic Senate – University of California, San Diego –
SBPC (Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science) Meetings, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil, July 19-23.

(2004) Faculty Summer Fellowship - UCSD Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity – Project “The
Boys from Cidade de Deus: Remapping Racial Politics in Brazil.”

(2004) Research Grant – UCSD Civic Collaborative Small Grants - Principal Investigator (w/ Yen
Espiritu). Project “Refugee Lives in a Multiethnic, Multiracial, and Multinational City.”

(2004) Research Grant – American Sociological Association/National Science Foundation- Funds for the
Advancement of the Discipline – Principal Investigator (w/ Dr. Yen Espiritu). Project: “City Heights:
Refugees’ lives in a Global ‘hood.”

(2004) Researcher – OBSERVA-Observatório das Ações Afirmativas no Ensino Superior Brasileiro
(Observatory of Affirmative Action Policies in Brazilian Higher Education), a Multinational Research
Network housed at the Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Socias [Institute of Philosophy and Social
Sciences] (IFCS) of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro [Federal University of Rio de Janeiro]
(UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

(2002) Member - Consortium for the Study of African Diaspora – Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation
- Directed by Dr. Edmund T. Gordon, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin.

(2002-2002) Fellow in Residence – Humanities Research Institute (HRI), University of California, Irvine,
United States – Research Group “Reshaping the Americas: Narratives of Place”- Conveners: Dr. Ramon
Gutierrez (Ethnic Studies, University of California-San Diego) and Dr. David Theo Goldberg (African
American Studies/HRI, University of California-Irvine).

(2000 – 2001) Research Grant - Faculty Career Development Program. University of California, San

(2000 – 2001) Research Grant - Committee on Research – Academic Senate – University of California,
San Diego.

(1999 – 2000) Research Grant – Committee on Research – Academic Senate – University of California,
San Diego.

(1998-1999) James Jimeson Teaching Fellowship - Hartwick College.

(1996-1997) Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship - Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of
Pittsburgh. 4

(1995-1995) Pre-Dissertation Summer Research Grant - Office of the Provost - University of Pittsburgh.

(1992-1996) Minority Pre-doctoral Fellowship - Office of the Provost - University of Pittsburgh.

(1992-1995) Ford Foundation/LASPAU (Latin American Scholarship Program for American Universities) Afro-Brazilian Studies Doctoral Scholarship.

(1989-1990) M. A. Scholarship - CAPES - Conselho de Aperfeiçoamento do Pessoal do Ensino Superior
(Council for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel) – Ministry of Education and Culture -

(1989) Ford Foundation/ANPOCS - Associação Nacional de Graduação e Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais
(National Association of Graduate Studies and Research in Social Sciences) Research Grant. Project: “O
Negro na Televisão.”

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