Research Lines

1. Images, Patrimony, Arts and Performances

This line seeks academic reflections on the use of image in anthropological research – from ethnographic film to photographs, hypermedia, cinema, exhibitions, etc. – and related them to artistic and performance manifestations. It also supports memory and visual record studies focusing on cultural and immaterial heritage.

Professors: João Martinho de Mendonça, Lara Santos de Amorim, Luciana Chianca, Mauro Koury, Carlos Xavier netto, Maria Otília Storni (collaborator) and Kelly Oliveira (collaborator).

2. Body, Health, Gender and Generation

In this line of research, we highlight themes related to body, sexuality, suffering, health, biomedicine, generation, youth, childhood, children, gender differences; all of these classical themes of anthropology, which deserve an update and expansion of research in Brazil and the Northeast.

Professors: Flávia Ferreira Pires, Ednalva Maciel Neves, Márcia Longhi, Marco Aurélio Paz Tella, Mónica Franch, Pedro Nascimento, Luciana Ribeiro (collaborator) and Silvana de Souza Nascimento (collaborator).

3. Territory, Identity and Environment

It seeks to develop research that takes into account the diversity of the ethnic groups and the so-called traditional societies, including natives, quilombolas, gypsies, fishermen and farmers. At the same time, it intends to understand the relations that these populations establish with contemporary political, territorial and religious processes and their new identity constructions processes. The emphasis on the territory and the environment is unprecedent in the anthropology programs in the northeast region and contemplates a demand for training in these themes.

Professors: Alexandra Barbosa, Alicia Gonçalves, Estêvão Martins Palitot, Fabio Mura, Maristela Andrade, Patricia Goldfarb, Carlos Xavier Netto, Ruth Henrique (collaborator) and Kelly Oliveira (collaborator).

4. Ethnographies and Urban Societies

This line seeks to produce reflections and urban ethnographic research, focusing on the tradition of urban anthropology studies of the city and in the city: of the urban phenomenon and its practices and discourses; of the circulation and relation of persons and things; of the metropolis, their urbanization processes and their practices; of the policies and relations between the countryside and the city, making the construction of territorialities, borders, spaces, emotions and discourses.

It begins with an understanding of the different forms and dynamics of manifestations, sociabilities and behaviors within urban spaces between groups and individuals that interact producing and constructing life in the context of the city’s daily scenario, such as: urban interventions and youth cultures; parties and musicalities; heritage, memory and public spaces; ways of segregation, social markers of difference and ethnic-racial relations; urban groups and situations of social vulnerability; subversion, urban sociability and drug abuse; crime, violence and public safety, among others that have as a point of reflection the practices, dynamics, processes of identification, searches for recognitions and subjectivities produced in the city.

Professors: Patrícia Goldfarb, Lara Amorim, Marco Aurélio Paz Tella, Mauro Koury, Luciana Chianca, Mónica Franch, Luciana Ribeiro (collaborator) and Silvana de Souza Nascimento (collaborator).

5. Social Policies and Development

It carries out research and ethnographic studies on the interfaces between culture, development and social policies in articulation with the demands of social movements, and State actions. It investigates the effects of social policies on reconfigurations of lifestyles, traditions and identities on different groups.

Professors: Alexandra Barbosa, Estêvão Martins Palitot, Fabio Mura, Maristela Andrade, Alicia Ferreira Gonçalves, Flávia Ferreira Pires and Ruth Henrique (collaborator).