colonial history of anthropological research in Timor Leste

On this website you will find the open-access online publication of the papers presented at the Symposium Timor: Scientific Missions and Colonial Anthropology held at the Overseas Historical Archives, Lisbon, on 24 and 25 May 2011.

The conference proceedings include papers by Portuguese and Timorese scholars who work on the anthropology and history of science in East Timor, during the Portuguese colonial period. Authors include Cláudia Castelo, Fernando Figueiredo, Manuel Lobato, Vítor Rosado Marques, Maria do Rosário Martins, Ana Cristina Roque, Ricardo Roque, Frederico Delgado Rosa, Paulo Castro Seixas, Susana de Matos Viegas, among others.

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Exploring Colonial Anthropologies

  • The presence of the Portuguese in Timor, a small island at the end of the Lesser Sunda Islands chain, dates from the mid-sixteenth century. For the next 250 years, Portuguese Catholic missionaries, soldiers, traders, officials, governors, scientists, and military became regular company of the Timorese populations. First based in Lifau (Oecusse), and since 1769 based in Dilly, the Portuguese claimed sovereignty and exercised colonial government over the Eastern half of the island. Today’s nation Republic of Timor-Leste, went by the name of ‘Portuguese Timor’, a colonial province of Portugal, until the Indonesian occupation in 1975. Throughout this long colonial period a great and rich variety of published and unpublished documents was produced by colonial agents.


    From manuscript letters to administrative reports, travelogues, journal articles, or book-length texts, the Portuguese colonial archives offer an abundant field of important material about the past and present of the bodies, languages, and cultures of Timor-Leste peoples. It is this varied and complex colonial material on the history and anthropology of Timor that this research project aims at revealing, exploring, and critically analyze.


    In engaging with these archives, we are concerned not just with how they illuminate former anthropological understandings and colonial encounters between Indigenous and Europeans; we also aim at exploring how they shape current understandings and might help the creation of a post-colonial moment for the history and anthropology of Timor-Leste.

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