Frederico Delgado Rosa teaches History of Anthropology at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the New University of Lisbon. He holds a PhD in Ethnology from the Université de Paris X – Nanterre, and has been conducting research on the history of anthropology since 1994. He has published on the history of the totemic debate, on the British social evolutionists, and on the biography of the Portuguese General Humberto Delgado.

He is currently doing research on colonial ethnographies, and, in the context of the current project, he is studying Portuguese missionary ethnographies in Timor (19th-20th century).

Selected publications:

  • 2008 Humberto Delgado. Biografia do General Sem Medo. Lisboa: A Esfera dos Livros.
  • 2003 L’Age d’or du totémisme. Histoire d’un débat anthropologique (1887-1929). Paris: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme.

Recent articles

  • 2011 O Fantasma de Evans-Pritchard. Diálogos da Antropologia com a sua História‘,Etnográfica, 15 (2):337-360.
  • 2010 ‘Edward Tylor e a extraordinária evolução religiosa da humanidade’.Cadernos de Campo (São Paulo), 19 (19)
  • 2009 ‘Obituário de Claude Lévi-Strauss 1908-2009. O Profeta da Antropologia Arcaica’. Análise Social, vol. XLV.
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    • Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
    • Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa
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    • Associated research projects

    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 Throughout this long colonial period a great and rich variety of published and unpublished documents was produced by colonial agents.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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