We will find in this page a set of online conference
videos associated with the research project.
We provide links to online videos
of talks given by team members and we also
make available video recordings of the proceedings
of some of our research seminars and workshops.



  • Talk by Claudine Friedberg at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon,
    3 December 2010
    Mythes, rituels et relations humains/non-humains au Timor(-Leste)
    Claudine Friedberg (Muséum Nationale d’Histoire naturelle, Paris)
  • Talk by David Hicks at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon,
    22 June 2011
    Ethnographic research in Timor Português
    David Hicks (Stony Brook University, US)
  • *With the collaboration of IELT/FCSH-UNL and Memoria Media – E-museum of Immaterial Heritage

Image: TDM News, Macau. March 2011. Photo by Ricardo Roque.

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 Throughout this long colonial period a great and rich variety of published and unpublished documents was produced by colonial agents.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