Rita Poloni is currently a PhD student in History of Archaeology at University of Algarve and a Research Assistant in the project “The Sciences of Anthropological Classification in Portuguese Timor”. She is working on a PhD dissertation titled “Archaeological expeditions in the Overseas Territories: A Vision of Science and Portuguese Society during the Colonial Period”. She holds a MA in Theory and Methods of Archaeology from University of Algarve and a post-graduate diploma in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon.
Her research interests include Colonial Science, Science and Fascism, Nationalisms, Ethnogenealogy and Ethnoarchaeology. In the current project, she is working on the trajectory of archaeological production within the context of the Portuguese Anthropological Missions in Mozambique, Guinea, Angola, and Timor, between 1930 and 1960, in order to analyze the relationship between archaeological praxis and society, culture and ideologies during this historical period.