Cities, spaces and mobility
The line of research deals with urban studies, especially in anthropology of and in the city, in its different scales and dimensions. We seek to develop investigations that address forms of sociability, sociality and cultural practices, as well as approaches regarding forms of leisure and consumption in the urban context. The themes of memory and heritage are included in these concerns. It is also intended to carry out research that focuses on peripheries, marginalities and the world of crime, uses and occupations of space for the right to the city and different types of activism. It is also intended to produce reflections on territorialities, spatial practices, circuits and places, including issues involving mobility, migration and refuges. And, finally, research that makes counterpoints between urbanities and ruralities, metropolis and forest, in order to build new ethnographic perspectives. Included in this line of research are the Laboratory of the Urban Anthropology Center (LabNAU), the City Anthropology Study Group (GEAC), the Asa Collective - Arts, Knowledge and Anthropology - and the Anthropology, Performance and Drama Center (Napedra ).
Principal researchers: Heitor Frúgoli, Jr .; Silvana Nascimento, Vagner Gonçalves, José Guilherme Magnani.
Teachers with related research: João Felipe Gonçalves, John Dawsey, Fernanda Arêas Peixoto, Rose Satiko Hikiji, Ana Claudia Marques, Ana Lúcia Pastore, Júlio Simôes, Marta Amoroso
Amerindian, African and Afro-diasporic studies.
Study of the regimes of thought and action specific to Amerindian, African and Afro-diasporic groups, based on their most diverse manifestations. Focus on local conceptions about social life, person, kinship, politics, environment, cosmology, history, interethnic relations, etc., exploring their irreducibility to classic anthropological categories.
In the approach to historical processes, we seek to highlight the ways in which these collectives experience and manage the conditions posed by the modern world - characterized by the capitalist market economy, the growth of cosmopolitan urban centers, the political-epistemological corollaries of the scientific revolution of the century XVII, and by the expansion of the model of representative and democratic politics.
Main researchers: Beatriz Perrone-Moisés, Dominique Gallois, Laura Moutinho, Marcio Ferreira da Silva, Maria Manuela Carneiro da Cunha, Marina Vanzolini, Marta Amoroso, Renato Sztutman.
Teachers with related research: Ana Claudia Marques, João Felipe Gonçalves, José Guilherme Magnani, Lilia Schwarcz, Pedro Cesarino, Paula Montero, Rose Hikiji, Stelio Marras, Sylvia Caiuby Novaes, Vagner Gonçalves.
Power and Difference
This line of research addresses the different forms of power, inequalities and differences. Comprising studies on various social contexts, processes of social ordering and symbolic production of difference are examined, linked both to formal institutions and to informal arrangements. Among the topics covered are: gender, sexuality, race relations, social classes, generations, human rights, violence, justice, crime, political conflicts, social movements, political systems, cosmopolitics, religion, globalization, diasporas, capitalism, post- socialism, colonialism and post-colonialism. The line therefore intersects with areas such as the studies of the social markers of difference and the anthropologies of politics, economics, law and history.
Principal investigators: Ana Claudia Marques, Ana Lúcia Pastore, Heloisa Buarque de Almeida, João Felipe Gonçalves, Julio Simões, Paula Montero.
Researchers with related research: Beatriz Perrone-Moisés, Heitor Frúgoli Jr., Laura Moutinho, Marina Vanzolini, Renato Sztutman, Silvana Nascimento, Stelio Marras.
Expressive Forms and Knowledge Regimes
The line of research deals with the relationships involved in different regimes of knowledge production and aesthetic expression. It is intended to produce studies and reflections on the relationships between ethnography, anthropological theory, art, aesthetics, literature, practices and knowledge in the most diverse social and cultural contexts. Plastic, visual, poetic, bodily or musical achievements are not studied exclusively by the assumption of the work and artistic creation, but by the understanding of the various social, conceptual and ontological agencies involved in its production. The line also deals with the study of different regimes of knowledge (whether material or immaterial, related or not to expressive forms) and the possibilities of ethnographic research, often related to the tensions between tradition, transformation, science and heritage. It is also worth mentioning the constant interface of this line of research with the anthropology of art, the study of the performing arts, linguistic anthropology and the anthropology of science.
Research and teaching areas: Image (photography, film, painting), sound, music, dance, verbal arts and literature, translation, theater. Includes LISA (Laboratory of Image and Sound in Anthropology); GRAVI (Visual Anthropology Group); PAM (Research in Musical Anthropology); NAPEDRA (Anthropology, Performance and Drama), ASA (Arts, knowledge and Anthropology) and CESTA (Center for Amerindian Studies).
Principal researchers: Fernanda Arêas Peixoto, John Cowart Dawsey, Lilia Schwarcz, Pedro Cesarino, Rose Hikiji, Sylvia Caiuby Novaes, Stelio Marras.
Researchers with related research: Ana Lúcia Pastore, Beatriz Perrone-Moisés, Dominique Gallois, Manuela Carneiro da Cunha, Marina Vanzolini, Marcio Ferreira da Silva, Paula Montero, Renato Sztutman, Vagner Gonçalves.