Darlene Abreu-Ferreira


Darlene Abreu-Ferreira Title: Professor
Office: 3A28
Building: Ashdown
Phone: 204.786.9072

Teaching Areas:
Women, crime, sex, gender, slavery, and children in pre-modern Europe

HIST-2213(3) Women in Pre-Modern Europe, Part I
HIST-2329(3) Women in Pre-Modern Europe, Part II
HIST-2226(3) History of Sexuality in Pre-Modern Europe, Part I
HIST-2327(3) History of Sexuality in Pre-Modern Europe, Part II
HIST-3121(3) Women in the Modern World
HIST-3220(3) Women in Medieval Europe
HIST-3221(3) Women in the Renaissance
HIST-3222(3) Women in Early Modern Europe
HIST-3223(3) Children and Childhood in Pre-Modern Europe
HIST-3224(3) Crime and Conflict in Pre-Modern Europe
HIST-3225(3) Slaves, Serfs, and Servants in Pre-Modern Europe
HIST-4121(6) Sex, Race, and Gender in the Early Modern Period
HIST-4213(6) Topics in Early Modern Women’s History

Research Interests:

I work on the history of early modern Europe, with a specialty in women in pre-modern Portugal, as well as the history of crime, gender, race, children, and slavery in pre-modern Europe. Currently I am working on the history of women and children of African descent in pre-modern Portugal (funded by a research grant from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2018-2023.


a) Book
Women, Crime, and Forgiveness in Early Modern Portugal (Farnham, U.K. Ashgate Publishing, 2015)

b) Articles
”Women and the acquisition, transmission, and execution of public offices in early modern Portugal,” Gender & History 31, no. 2 (July 2019): 383-403

”Women, law, and legal intervention in early modern Portugal,” Continuity and Change 33, no. 3 (December 2018): 293-313

 ”Female foul language and foul female agents in pre-modern Portugal,” Ler História 71 (2017): 9-32

“Neighbours and traders in a seventeenth-century port town,” SIGNS 37, No.3 (Spring 2012): 581-7

 “A Status of Her Own: Women and Family Identities in Seventeenth-Century Aveiro,” Journal of Family History, Volume 34, No. 1 (January 2009): 3-24

“Women’s Property, Women’s Lives: A Look at Early Modern Portugal,” Portuguese Studies Review, Volume 13, No. 1 (2007): 211-228

“The English Mercantile Community in Seventeenth-Century Porto,” Newfoundland Studies, Volume 19, No. 1 (Spring 2005): 132-152

“Reluctant Hosts and Tenacious Guests: Lisbon’s Response to the English Mercantile Community in the Seventeenth Century,” Portuguese Studies Review, Volume 12, No. 1 (Winter 2005): 19-31

“The French in Porto in the Seventeenth Century,” International Journal of Maritime History, Volume XVI, No.2 (December 2004): 95-110

“Gender, Free Trade, and the Expansion of a Maritime Economy in Early Modern Portugal,” Studia Atlantica 5 (2003): 156-167

“Work and Identity in Early Modern Portugal: What did gender have to do with it?,” Journal of Social History (Summer 2002): 859-887

“From mere survival to near success: Women's economic strategies in early modern Portugal,” Journal of Women's History, Volume 13, No. 2 (Summer 2001): 58-79

“Fishmongers and Shipowners: Women in Maritime Communities of Early Modern Portugal,” Sixteenth Century Journal, Volume XXXI, No. 1 (2000): 7-23

“Terra Nova through the Iberian Looking Glass: The Portuguese-Newfoundland Cod Fishery in the Sixteenth Century,” The Canadian Historical Review 79, no. 1 (March 1998): 100-117. Reprint in Cabot and his World Symposium, June 1997: Papers and Presentations, Iona Bulgin, ed. (St. John's: Newfoundland Historical Society, 1999)

“Portugal's Cod Fishery in the 16th Century: Myths and Misconceptions,” in How Deep is the Ocean?: Essays on the History, Sociology, Archaeology, and Ecology of the Canadian East Coast Fishery, James E. Candow and Carol Corbin, eds (Halifax: The Louisbourg Institute, 1997): 31-44

“The Portuguese in Newfoundland: Documentary Evidence Examined,” The Portuguese Studies Review, Volume 4, No. 2 (Fall-Winter 1995-96): 11-33

“Oil and Lubicons Don't Mix: A Northern Alberta Land Claim in Historical Perspective,” The Canadian Journal of Native Studies 12, no. 1 (1992): 1-35. Reprint in Coming of Age: Readings in Canadian History Since World War II, Donald Avery and Roger Hall, eds (Toronto: Harcourt Brace, 1996)