Anthropological Debates


As a whole, the UC aims to elucidate the central debates carried out in Anthropology in recent years and to expand its scope to broader questions concerning the anthropologist´s position within the discipline, especially the refusal of European ideological and intellectual supremacy.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Margarida Maria de Menezes Ferreira Miranda Fernandes


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 168

Teaching language



Proficiency in spoken and written English.


- Castro, L. e Miguel A. Toro, 2004, The evolution of culture: From primate social learning to human culture, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, July, 101(27), 10235-10240;
- Cornwall, Andrea, 2010, Deconstructing Development Discourse: Buzzwords and Fuzzwords. Practical Action, Oxfam, pp. 1-18;
- Larsen, Peter Billie, 2017, ?The Good, the Ugly and the ?Dirty Harry?s of Conservation: Rethinking the Anthropology of Conservation NGOs?, in Peter Billie Larsen, & Dan Brockington, The Anthropology of Conservation NGOs: Rethinking the Boundaries, Springer International Publishing, pp. 17-46.
- Trouillot, Michel-Rolph, 2003, Global Transformations: Anthropology and the Modern World, Nova Iorque, Palgrave;
- Schiller, N. Çaglar, A. (2015), Displacement, emplacement and migrant newcomers: rethinking urban sociabilities within a multiscalar power? identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power23(1), pp. 17-34;

Teaching method

M1 - The CU is divided into 4 modules with 3 sessions each
M2 - Each module is taught by a diferente lecturer; the lecturers are chosen every year
M3 - Each lecturer supplies 1 fundamental eading to be discussed in class
M4 - Each lecturer provides a conclusive analytical summary of the discussions in the 3 sessions
M5 - Students choose one of the modules and submit an essay on it.

Class attendance is important for students to follow the development of the UC and to achieve an analytical and critical perspective.

Evaluation method

A critical review with a maximum of 200 words should be emailed to the lecturer(40%), The student will choose one of the modules and submit a written essay on the subject(60%)

Subject matter

S1 - The first module, CHALLENGES and CONTRADICTIONS, will introduce the debate to Organizations, "Modernization" and "Development" and Anthropology of cyberspace. Professor Margarida Fernandes
S2 - The second module will focus on the CONSTRUCTION and DEFINITION of SUBALTERN KNOWLEDGE. Debates will be carried out blending regional and national anthropologies, freed from a - contested - Eurocentric discourse. Professor Rosa Maria Perez
S3 - The third module, under the topic of FOR a TRANSNATIONAL ANTHROPOLOGY, will discuss the following themes: Beyond methodological nationalism, Transnationalism and the multiscalar City and Multiple diasporas and its discourses. Professor José Mapril
S4 - The fourth module, HUMAN AND NON-HUMAN PRIMATES INTERFACE: PAST DYNAMICS, GIFTS AND FUTURES, will focus on primatology for understanding human evolution and adaptation, Anthropocene and Primate Conservation Challenges. Professor Tânia Minhós.


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