We are a research team composed of a group of scholars studying the colonial history of anthropological research in Timor Leste from the nineteenth century to the mid-1970s.
Our research covers a broad range of actors and knowledge endeavors associated with the study of the Timorese races, languages, and cultures during the modern period of the Portuguese colonization. We are interested in tracing the colonial, indigenous, and scientific dimensions of anthropological knowledge praxis in the past, and in what we might learn from their historical study that might be significant for future research on Timor Leste.
This website offers updated information on our research work and provides resources for everyone interested in the history and anthropology of Timor Leste.
You can find here details about our research and forthcoming events, as well as a bibliography, a short biographical dictionary of Portuguese authors, online publications, a compilation of links, and news about associated events.
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The project is being developed at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon and is funded by the Foundation of Science and Technology, Portugal (Reference HC/0089/2009) for the period 2010-2013. It is expected to continue its developments online through this website.
Image: KLM advert 1949. Photo by Ruy Cinatti. Source.