Indigenous People, Democracy and Historiography in Brazil (1978-2018)


Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street


Speaker: Camila Dias, Professor of Brazilian Colonial History, University of Campinas

Moderator: Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government at Harvard University and the Faculty Chair of the Brazil Studies Program

Reflections on Brazilian historiography from the angle of the Native history in the context of democracy in Brazil.

Camila Dias is Professor at University of Campinas. She graduated at University of São Paulo and she’s Ph.D at École des hautes études en sciences sociales de Paris. She was also student at École Normale Supérieure. Her research focus on two thematic axes: social relations between groups in the colonial period and their results in native people’s historical relationships with the state in Portuguese America. She delves into social relationships within colonial contexts, considering political, economic, social, and territorial dynamics created by enslavement and other forms of indigenous labor, approaching the interactions between the different groups involved (Indians, Africans, missionaries, colonial authorities, and settlers) in various contexts, while maintaining a particular focus on the Amazonia region during the colonial period. She also investigates the relationships between native peoples and the states built in their original territories from colonial times until the contemporary period.