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On transformations and social positionality: proper names and war epithets among the MPLA elite

Grant number: 19/14166-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2019
Effective date (End): September 30, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology
Principal researcher:Iracema Hilário Dulley
Grantee:Luisa Tui Rodrigues Sampaio
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:17/06642-5 - Processes of subject constitution in African contexts: differentiation, iteration, intersectionality, AP.JP


The master's research project proposes an analysis of the names among African populations in Luanda and its surroundings. It considers especially to the family elites related to the MPLA (People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola). Having as its central concern the transformations on these forms of naming, the proposed discussion focuses on both the colonial and post-colonial periods, the latter being delimited in the analysis as the context of the Angolan civil war, which occurred between 1975 and 2002. The factors that permeate, influence and modify it will be understood in the onomastic of the region of Luanda. Thus, the project dwells on the vernacular forms of attributing proper names and its imbrication with Lusophone naming practices, the "continuities and discontinuities" in the historical process, as suggested by Anne McClintock (2010). (AU)