Vicente Paulino, from Maliana (Timor Leste), holds a PhD in ‘Culture and Communication’ (2012) from the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Lisbon. He also holds a Degree in Communication Sciences, variant of Communication, Culture and Art from the New University of Lisbon and a Master in Communication Science (specialization in Contemporary Culture and New Technologies), also from the New University of Lisbon. He was a Secretary of RENETIL, Maliana – Timor-Leste (1999-2000); founder and editor of the Bulletin kuda Ulun Lian, Maliana – Timor-Leste (1999-2001); observer of the Timor-Leste Constituent Assembly Election (2001); and Member of the Supervisory Board of the Association for the Timorese – APARATI (2007-2010).

Selected publications:

  • 2011 ‘Remembering the Portuguese Presence in Timor and Its Contribution to the Making of Timor’s National and Cultural Identity’. In Laura Pang (ed.), Portuguese and Luso-Asian Legacies, 1511-2011: Complexities of Engagement, Culture, and Identity in Southeast Asia. Vol. 2: The Tenacities and Plasticities of Culture and Identity. Singapura: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.
  • 2011 ‘A imprensa católica Seara e a tradição timorense: 1949-1970’,Anais Electrónicas do XI Conlab Salvador-Bahia: UFBA (versão online).
  • 2011 ‘A imprensa católica Seara e a tradição timorense: 1949-1973’. In Kelly Silva & Lúcio Sousa (eds.)Ita Maun Alin – o livro do irmão mais novoLisboa: Edições Colibri.
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  • Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa
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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 Throughout this long colonial period a great and rich variety of published and unpublished documents was produced by colonial agents.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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