Filipa Ribeiro da Silva

Senior Researcher

Filipa Ribeiro da Silva (1974) studied History at the NOVA University of Lisbon (BA Honours, 1996; MA 2001) and Leiden University (PhD, 2009). She has specialised in Social and Economic History, with a focus on Portuguese and Dutch overseas presence and interactions with Atlantic Africa. Between 2009 and 2012 Filipa was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) at the University of Hull, UK and at the International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam, where she worked on the EURESCL Project, the Clio-Infra Project and the Global Collaboratory for the History of Labour Relations, 1500-2000 (link is external).

In 2013, Filipa accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Macau, SAR China, where she lived and worked for more than two years. In August 2015, Filipa returned to Amsterdam to assume the position of Senior Researcher at the IISH.

Filipa's current research interests focus on the history of Population, Labour, Migration and Trade in Sub-Saharan Africa during the pre-colonial and colonial periods. At the moment, and in association with several colleagues, she is also working with Inquisition archival materials concerning Atlantic Africa, the Portuguese Empire and Portugal to study shifts in patterns of crime and punishment in these spaces.

Current Projects

PublicationsFilipa Ribeiro da Silva – Research output — Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

IISH Staff | Filipa Ribeiro da Silva - Photo by Martin van Welzen