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Movement and struggle in the Sertão of Northern Minas Gerais

Grant number: 16/11081-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2016
Effective date (End): March 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Anthropology of Afro-Brazilian Populations
Principal Investigator:Anna Catarina Morawska Vianna
Grantee:Pedro Henrique Mourthé de Araújo Costa
Host Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):19/18951-8 - Quilombola movements, struggle and knowledge in the north of Minas Gerais, BE.EP.DR


The aim of this project is to develop an ethnography of the quilombola struggle for their territory in the Sertão of Northern Minas Gerais. Through an ethnographic approach, the research will focus on the movement of people and things as an important part of their struggle, decisive for both their partners' network and the political actions of their leaders. This research takes on the hypothesis that the quilombola political movement is a struggle in movement, performed by moving actors, documents, demands and partners in various spaces of participation and political dispute. By accompanying the quilombola leaders, one hopes to understand how their movement creates scales, both in terms of levels of action (local, regional, national and international) and contingent belongings (defining themselves either as quilombolas, as traditional peoples and communities, or even as rural movements). This in turn produces its own effects in the political movement, since the larger the scale, the larger the reverberations, increasing their connections and the reach of their demands.

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