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Dr H.J.P. (Mano) Delea

Faculty of Humanities
Photographer: WOH

Visiting address
  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
  • Room number: E1.09A
Postal address
  • Postbus 1610
    1000 BP Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Mano Delea (LLB; MSc, Political Science, International Relations; PhD, Modern History, University of Amsterdam, 2019) is a Lecturer in History in the Department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Before joining the University of Amsterdam, he was a Lecturer at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, a Teacher in American Studies at Radboud University, a Visiting Lecturer at Utrecht University, and a Lecturer at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. He was Programme Officer for the Forest Peoples Programme in Suriname and French Guyana, where he worked on human – and land rights cases. From 2014 to 2021, he was Programme Director of the Black Europe Summer School.

  • Research Interests

    Delea’s research focuses on social movements and transformations in historical trajectories of emancipation, which he analyzes from the perspective of sovereignty and power relations. His PhD research examined the collective memory of Atlantic chattel slavery and its implications on Pan-Africanism and knowledge production. His most recent research – Why Freedom Could Not Wait - as part of a research group at the National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy (NiNsee) examined the Dutch debate of 1862 on the abolition of slavery. It includes a discourse analysis on which parliamentarians were in favor of abolition and which were against it and why. Delea has two upcoming research projects. The first pertains to how the Dutch Apprenticeship System (1863-1873) was planned, implemented and assessed. The second concerns a historical analysis of trajectories of emancipation of Black people (and other minority groups) in the Netherlands in the last two centuries against the background of the rise of Dutch parliamentary democracy.  

  • Teaching

    Current courses

    Inleiding in de Geschiedschrijving (FGw, BA) (Introduction to Historiograpy)

    Geschiedenislab II (FGw, BA) (History Lab II)

    UvA Grand Tour (FGw, BA, MA)

    Scriptiebegeleiding (FGw, MA) (MA Thesis supervision)


    Previously taught courses

    Wereldgeschiedenis (FGw, BA) (World History)

    Historische Dilemma’s (FGw, BA) (Historical Dilemmas)

    Onderzoeksseminar (FGw, BA) (Research Seminar)

  • Publications


    • Delea, M. (2024). Paper presented at the International Institute of Social History: Traces of Pan-Africanism in the Works and Lives of Otto and Hermina Huiswoud. Manuscript in preparation. In Otto and Hermina Huiswoud: Modern Black Diasporic Radicals Small Axe.



    • Delea, M. (2023). [Bespreking van: K. Fatah-Black, L. Lauret, J. van den Tol (2022) Dienstbaar aan de keten? De Nederlandsche Bank en de laatste decennia van de slavernij, 1814-1863]. BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review, 138, [11]. [details]


    • Nimako, K., Delea, M., & Esajas, M. (2020). Waarom vrijheid niet kon wachten: Het parlementair debat rondom de afschaffing van de slavernij: Een rapport met betrekking het onderzoeksproject over de periode voor de afschaffing van de slavernij (1853-1863) in Nederland. NiNsee.

    Prize / grant

    Media appearance

    Talk / presentation

    • Delea, M. (speaker) & Esajas, M. (speaker) (7-11-2022). Overhandiging van het rapport 'Waarom vrijheid niet kon wachten' aan de voorzitter van de Tweede Kamer, Nationaal Archief.
    • Nimako, K. (speaker), Delea, M. (speaker) & Esajas, M. (speaker) (9-10-2019). 'Waarom vrijheid niet kon wachten’ (Why Freedom Could Not Wait), Roosevelt Academy (University College, Middelburg).
    • Delea, M. (speaker) (28-6-2019). Pan-Africanism, Sovereignty and Knowledge Production., 2019 Inside Black Europe and African Diaspora Symposium., Amsterdam.
    • Delea, M. (speaker) (28-5-2019). Klassenstrijd en het Mondiale Zuiden: Een Geschiedenis van Soevereiniteit en Solidariteit., Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
    • Nimako, K. (speaker), Delea, M. (speaker) & Esajas, M. (speaker) (7-12-2018). Presentation of ongoing research on the Dutch parliamentary debate of 1862 concerning the abolition of slavery., National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy (NiNsee).
    • Delea, M. (speaker) (30-6-2014). Pan-Africanism and Epistemology., International Symposium on Black Europe 2014., Amsterdam.


    • Delea, M. (organiser), van den Berk, J. (organiser), Visser-Maessen, L. (organiser) & Roza, M. (organiser) (23-9-2022). Expert meeting: Towards a Dutch Discourse on 'Race', Nijmegen (organising a conference, workshop, ...).


    • Delea, H. J. P. (2019). Pan-Africanism: A legacy of slavery. [Thesis, externally prepared, Universiteit van Amsterdam]. [details]
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