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By the paths of the hinterland: studies of life stories of "sertanejos" and African merchants in Central Angola (19th Century)

Grant number: 23/12043-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2024
Effective date (End): March 31, 2025
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - Modern and Contemporary History
Principal Investigator:Lucilene Reginaldo
Grantee:Ivan Sicca Gonçalves
Supervisor: Nuno Miguel Rodrigues Domingos
Host Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal  
Associated to the scholarship:21/09791-7 - Lives in the Hinterland: commercial networks in the Angolan Central Highlands - 19th Century, BP.DR


The long-distance cross-cultural trade is a complex and multifaceted theme, that is also a classical subject in the studies of Imperial Histories. Its agents, who came from many cultural and social backgrounds, worked as go-betweens, setting the terms and everyday methods of the commerce exchanges by mobilizing a wide range of informal partnerships. Furthermore, the studies of their life experiences and careers are critical to complexifying the comprehension of the linkages between local stories and global processes, that normally can't contemplate subjects that are so contradictories. With this goal in mind, and in order to fully realize the PhD Project "Lives in the Hinterland: commercial networks in the Angolan Central Highlands - 19th Century", which proposes the study of lives and careers of the "sertanejo" and Central-African merchants from Angola's Central Highlands, this BEPE project proposes to expand the research access to archival collections located in Portugal and Angola, and it foresees an insertion of the grantee within the research agenda of the of ICS-ULisboa's EMPIRES Research Group (Empires, Colonialism and Post-colonial Societies). In addition to expand his academic dialogue networks, this internship will allow the grantee to make a long period of consultation in Portuguese archives and collections, allowing him to cross this new material with digital and digitalized documentation collected in previous phases of this Doctorate Research, as well as in the grantee's master's research. This project also includes, in an intermediary period, two fieldworks, one in the United States and one in Angola, with the goal of diversifying the bibliographical survey and the scope of sources, thereby expanding the range of possible records about the presence and agency of these subjects in colonial documentation.

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