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ASE – Anthropology Under Scrutiny – Antropologia sob Escrutínio

Multidisciplinary study/research group Anthropology and its contours

Grupo multidisciplinar de estudos/investigação Antropologia e seus contornos

A Associação Kazumba e o Grupo EducAR, em Portugal, em parceria com o investigador Igor
Scaramuzzi (Brasil) formou um grupo multidisciplinar, que se reúne quinzenalmente, via zoom,
para encontros de leituras e reflexões de/sobre textos que têm como interesse central novas
perspectivas teóricas mas sobretudo novas posturas etnográficas a partir de discussões do
Antropoceno e suas relações com a prática antropológica. Já realizamos encontros mais teóricos e
niciamos, no mês de abril, uma série de conversas com especialistas locais (ribeirinhos,
seringueiros, quilombolas, indígenas) que irão nos brindar com reflexões acerca de outras realidades
possíveis e de que modo podemos interactuar com estas pessoas.

VIBE Project – Voices of Iberia in Black Europe

Sponsored by European Cultural Foundationhttps://culturalfoundation.eu/stories/cosround2-VIBE

Dealing with important issues as migration and racism, we reflect on new possibilities of social configurations that we want for a Europe that goes beyond the concepts of territory and landscapes. Bringing the concept of “afroeuropeans” we discuss the coexistence of strategies within a Europe that, if previously colonizer, now becomes the identity of new generations of son and daughetrs of immigrants from these former colonies.


La Rampa – Art life & Beyond

La Rampa is re-launching with an odyssey through Black Portugal. We have collaborated with academics, activists, artists and writers in examining and re-interpreting the multi-layered complexities of contemporary Portugal, even if it exposed colonial wounds as it embraced powerful new voices.

La Rampa Portugal is a counter atlas reflecting the histories and narratives of the country’s African and Afro-descendant communities through modern social movements that are creating alternative models of knowing through their own archives and images.


Podcast: Episode 1: Congo na Lisabonnehttps://anchor.fm/ana-stela-cunha/episodes/Congo-na-Lisabonne-eqs9vi?fbclid=IwAR2y_AGbhVSY9xrJ2_SLfllUP1JvcLwOgu_x5Ke9phqRvEGb5xAoj3BZIMQ

Center-africans musicalities in dialogue

Artistic residence at LARGO RESIDÊNCIAS 

This project/performance is the result of an extensive investigation into the social history of Western Central African musicality in Portugal/Cuba and Brazil, in view of its historical, artistic and philosophical legacy to the musical traditions developed in these contemporary contexts.

Having long ethnographies as support for a collective experimentation, we will dialogue with all the repertoire of african musicality (especially religious) in these places

The result was reflexions about how the diasporic cultural circuits were being integrated into the thinking about the cities/ public spaces in Europe today, in a dialogue with artists/academics immigrants from this places living in Portugal (the second main destinations for Central Africans in Europe).


MoRAR Project – Movimento de Rua Antirracista (2020). 

Developed in the center of Lisbon with a community of African immigrants, we develop and foster conversations, meetings with anti-racist themes mediated by art and its production – lick, street art, poetry, cinema.

Sponsored by ENAR – European Network Against Racism.


CinExu – Screening of films with an Afrocentric theme. Monday sessions with conversation and Congolese dinner.


i-Portunus was a short-term pilot project, selected and funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, to trial a mobility scheme for artists and culture professionals. It is managed by a consortium headed by the Goethe-Institut with Institut français, Izolyatsia and Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts. August 2019 in Brussels. Residency at SEE U with congolese and brazilian musicians. 


OUT | AR: anti-racist education, African religions and religious racism

In partnership with Casa Independente, the Center for International Studies, Instituto Cervantes and the Association of Cubans in Portugal [June to September, 2019].


Thinking Africa – Why do we still need a day of black Consciousness?

Conversations around anti-racist themes at CEI – Center for International Studies at the University of Lisbon.


Ancestral flavors, local knowledge: food, ancestry and space in the quilombo of Damásio

(Maranhão, Brazil) 

Sponsored by FAPEMA- Foundation for Research Support in the State of Maranhão and Federal Maranhão University – Brazil P I at the project number AGRIF-04874/15 2015- 2017 


Traditional knowledge, quilombola aesthetics and sustainable network production 

Sponsored by FAPEMA- Foundation for Research Support in the State of Maranhão and Federal Maranhão University – Brazil P I at the project number 04900/15 This project worked with the “third sector”, consisting of cooperatives and quilombola associations, located in the municipality of Guimarães (western Maranhão), dialoguing with new scientific traditions that address both theoretical issues and experiments. 


Memory portraits: space, health and territory among the elderly black population of Maranhão (Amazonia) Sponsored by FAPEMA- Foundation for Research Support in the State of Maranhão and Federal Maranhão University – Brazil 

P I at the project number 02838/16 


Caboclos Nkisis – The bantu territoriality in Brazil and Cuba 

PI – Project sponsored by OI FUTURO (2014/2015) 

We produced a book, a documentary and seminars in Brazil and Cuba about afro religions and bantu heritage. Space, memory, agency, selves. 


A estética do terreiro – The terreiro aesthetic 

PI – Project sponsored by Banco do Nordeste A book and seminars about aesthetic, afro religions, rainforest spirits 


Falando em Quilombo – Talking about Quilombos 

PI – Project sponsored by Petrobras 2005-2006 

Educational project, sponsored by “Petrobras Cultural Program”. The aim of the project was to produce didactic materials and to develop educational approaches specifically designed to the quilombola reality, in cooperation with teachers from the Guimarães Municipality. 


O BOI Contou – Maranhão, Brazil 

PI – Project Sponsored by Petrobras 2007 – 2011 Following a previous project, this initiative reached 20 rural Black communities in the municipality of Guimarães, in the state of Maranhão. The outcome of the project was the publication of specialized didactic material, courses and lectures, as well as photography and sound recordings. The project also resulted in the publication of two books. 


IBRAM 2013 Award– Brazilian Museums Intitute (Instituto Brasileiro de Museus). Projet: Mandou Me Chamar, Eu Vim! Musicalidade e Performance nas Religiões de Matriz Negro- Africana em Portugal.


ETNODOC 2009. João da Mata Falado Video documentary selected by the Museu Edison Carneiro, Rio de Janeiro, with funding from Petrobras – Cultura Imaterial. 


Bumba Boi bate uma Bola. Funded by the Ministry of Culture, Germany, 2007. 

Documentaries production

“A Grande Ceia Quilombola”  

Dir: Ana Stela Cunha e Rodrigo Sena. Doc, 56 min, cor, 2018

In Quilombo of Damásio, in Maranhão, brazilian Amazonia, a land donated by a mill owner to three of his slaves, the food has been secularly cultivated and extracted from nature sparingly, as part of a social structure that privileges the group. The documentary portrays part of this knowledge, with food having a fundamental role in the cohesion of the group and showing the importance of traditional communities for our food security.

Sponsored by FAPEMA

Partners: Associação Kazumba, Ori AudioVisual, CEI (Universidade de Lisboa) e CRIA (U Nova de Lisboa).

teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-gu8Sr465E

Filme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-gu8Sr465E 

Mandou me chamar, eu vim!” 

Dir: Ana Stela Cunha e Edemar Miqueta.  54 min, cor, 2019.

The documentary deals with the presence of Afro-Brazilian religions in Lisbon and the narratives of diasporic ancestry.

Sponsored by IBRAM – Instituto de Museus Brasileiros (Brazilian Institute of Museuns) 

Partner: SYNC Audiovisual


Dir: Ana Stela Cunha e Milene Avelar,  2019

Portuguese dance has been staged for centuries in the quilombos of Maranhão, recreating a discussion about identities, borders and appropriations.

5 min, color HDV 

2019 – Funding: Fapema 


“João da Mata Falado” 

ETNODOC 26 min., Color, HDV Funding: Museu Nacional do Folclore “Edison Carneiro” First UNESCO CRESPIAL award https://vimeo.com/33655589 

Boi de Zabumba a NossaTtradição! 26 min., Color, HDV 2012 Funding: Programa Petrobras Cultural 

Caboclos Nkisis, a Territorialidade Banto no Brasil e em Cuba 

26 min, Color, HDV Data 2015 Funding: OI FUTURO Program https://vimeo.com/125575506