The research team organizes a seminar series on the project topics. National and international scholars have been invited to present their research to the team members and wider academic and non-academic audience, including researchers and graduate students of University of Lisbon and beyond. All seminar sessions take place at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon.

A list of the seminar sessions held in 2010-2013 is below:

1 June 2010
Booker T. Washington in German Togo: Labor and Race in the Atlantic World

Andrew Zimmerman (George Washington University, US)

4 November 2010
Words for People, Names for Places: Voyagers, Cartographers, and the Southlanders, 1606-1644

Bronwen Douglas (ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Australia)

3 December 2010
Mythes, rituels et relations humains/non-humains au Timor(-Leste)

Claudine Friedberg (Muséum Nationale d’Histoire naturelle, Paris)

26 May 2011
Imperialism’s Imperatives: Ethno-Geography and Race in the Iberian Pacific

Rainer F. Buschmann (California State University Channel Islands, US)

22 June 2011
Ethnographic research in Timor Português

David Hicks (Stony Brook University, US)

31 May 2012
Hermannsburg, 1929: Turning Aboriginal ‘Primitives’ into Modern Psychological Subjects

Warwick Anderson (University of Sydney, Australia)

16 September 2013
Oceanic Historicities

Chris Ballard (The Australian National University, Australia)

17 September 2013
Imaginary Friends: Explorers (& Co.) in Interior New Guinea

Chris Ballard (The Australian National University, Australia)

Note: Information on upcoming sessions will be announced in due time through this website. If you would like to receive emails on the seminar series and/or project activities please contact us.

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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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