Instituto De Ciências Sociais - Universidade De Lisboa (UL) Portugal​

Susana Matos Viegas


Research Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences at UL. Has a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Coimbra (2003). Her fieldwork research among the indigenous people Tupinambá de Olivença in Brazil included being the coordinator of the anthropological report to demarcate the indigenous land (1997-2009). Her research topics are on personhood, indigenous people’s territorialities, ancestorship and historicities in the indigenous Atlantic. Since 2012 also among the Fataluku (Timor-Leste). Editor-in-Chief of Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America, since 2022.

Alva Teixeiro


Professor of Brazilian Literature and Culture and Deputy Director of the Centre for Lusophone and European Literatures and Cultures (CLEPUL) at the Faculty of Arts of the Universidade de Lisboa (FLUL). She is also the Director of the Masters in Brazilian Studies at the same university (FLUL-ICS) and Co-editor of the journal Navegações. Revista de Cultura e Literaturas de Língua Portuguesa (PUCRS – FLUL). Her expertise is in Brazilian literature and inter-art relations. Her research interests include studying the links between literature, identity, testimony and resistance in contemporary Brazilian narrative, namely, in ‘migrant literature’ and ‘literature from the periphery’.

Ângela Domingues


Principal Researcher working in scientific coordination since 2009 and at CH-ULisboa since 2015. She has worked as a career researcher at the Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical since 1998. She was a scholarship holder (1987 -88), intern (1988-90), research assistant (1990-98) and assistant researcher (1998-2009) at IICT. She is qualified to exercise scientific coordination (IICT, 2009), PhD (FCSH-NOVA, 1998) and master’s (FCSH-NOVA, 1991) in the area of History of Discoveries and Expansion, specialising in the History of Colonial Brazil. Her doctorate was recognised by the Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2015. 

Felipe Mattos Johnson


PhD candidate in Anthropology at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon. He earned his master’s degree in anthropology at the Federal University of Grande Dourados (Brazil, 2019). Since 2017, he has walked, learned, and struggled together with the Guarani and Kaiowá people in Mato Grosso do Sul (Brazil), with whom he weaves his research about the shamanic critics of these peoples face to the white people’s way of life in times of jara’s insurrections – guardian-spirits of the vital forces – against the catastrophes caused by State terror, neoextractivisms and the plantationcene.

Francisco Roque de Oliveira


Assistant Professor at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT-ULisboa), a researcher at the Centre for Geographical Studies of the UL (CEG-IGOT-ULisboa) and scientific curator of CEG’s Photographic and Map Archives. He has a PhD in Human Geography from the Autonomous University of de Barcelona. He works on the History of Cartography, the History of Geography and Geographical Thought, and the appropriation and instrumentalization of cartography for constructing symbolic spaces from a geopolitical point of view, both in colonial and post-colonial contexts.

João Pina-Cabral


Research Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences of the UL and Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Kent. He has carried out intensive ethnographic research in NW Portugal, south China, and NE Brazil. His voluminous publications have delt, among other things, with questions related to kinship and personhood; religion and symbolic power; and ethnicity in postcolonial contexts. More recently, he has studied the conditions of possibility of the ethnographic gesture: see World: An anthropological examination (Chicago, HAU Books, 2017), Transcolonial (Lisboa, ICS, 2023) and Metapersons: The Return Trip (Chicago, HAU Books, in print).

José Damião Rodrigues


Associate Professor at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon (FLUL). He was associated Dean of FLUL (2016-2019) and is currently the Head of the Area of History. His research interests are the history of empires and the Atlantic and Brazilian history (1500-1820). His current research project focuses on the political and social dimensions of the urban government of the Atlantic during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The main goal is to observe the politization of societies and the formation of identities within the Iberian imperial territories.

Kátia Favilla


PhD Student at the Institute of Social Sciences of the UL, Master in Sustainable Development with a concentration in Sustainability with Traditional Peoples and Lands from the University of Brasília (2017), Bachelor in Anthropology from the University of Brasília (1998). She worked for the Brazilian federal government as a technician and coordinator of actions with Traditional Peoples and Communities (1998-2018). She worked as an anthropologist with civil society, working closely with traditional peoples and communities (2018-2023). She worked with international organizations (UNDP, FAO, GIZ, IICA) to consult with indigenous and traditional peoples (2018-2023). Her research themes are traditional people and communities in Brazil, Land and Territory, public policies, reforestation and, more recently, forest resurgences in Portugal.

Miguel Dantas da Cruz


Assistant researcher at Instituto de Ciências Sociais of Universidade de Lisboa, where he coordinates the Research Group Memory, History and Society. He is also the coordinator of the Master in Brazilian Studies. He was a visiting professor at the universities of Coimbra and Lisbon and a research fellow at the John Carter Brown Library. He has published extensively on the history of the Portuguese Atlantic World. Currently, he is studying the petitionary drives of the early nineteenth-century Liberal Revolutions.