Returning Home: Repatriation and Indigenous International Activism Dignifying Ancestors 

Upcoming – Winter 2024, Memorial University of Newfoundland

This is a course on the contemporary, international Indigenous movement for the repatriation of human remains, sacred objects, and associated funerary items. The last few decades have witnessed a strengthening of Indigenous initiatives and demands for repatriation, both within national states and from the historic center of the colonial enterprise toward Indigenous territories. This movement is part of a broader context to readjust colonial consequences, and it is associated with the decolonizing practices of those plundered by Euro-American collecting tradition. In this course, we will discuss how colonial agents formed some collections, seeking to understand their consequences both in terms of a socio-historical critique and ethnographic perspectives centering the Indigenous reflections on the matter. We will discuss some repatriation cases, the forms of action, and the associated decolonization practices. We will see how Indigenous movements for repatriation emerge in the national and international public spheres, pointing out severe ethical issues regarding the institutional procedures and handling of their ancestors. By this, we mean both human remains and objects from all over the world and included in (French, British, US, Canadian, etc.) national heritage lists. We will discuss repatriation as a more-than-human right and its consequent criticism of what counts as an object. In doing so, we will examine notions of property, cultural rights, nationhood, scientific interest, and heritage legislation. Finally, we will see how successful repatriation can dignify ancestors, renew knowledge, resume important vital cycles precluded by collecting, and pose serious questions about anthropological theory, postcolonial relations, and Indigenous creativity and survival in the face of colonialism.

This course will familiarize students with repatriation, its history, and its meanings. It intends to provide practical skills to assist in developing repatriation processes, considering legal, anthropological, museum, and Indigenous perspectives.

Thinking through Public Anthropology: what, who, how, where to?

This course is an invitation to think critically about what we understand ‘public anthropology’ to be, what and how it does, with and to whom, and what it might become. Interested in forming a learning community, this course will not define public anthropology but will create the conditions for participants to reflect and elaborate their understanding. By focusing on public anthropology, this course also intends for participants to be able to work together without starting from the notion that working together implies the production of consensus. As we will see with Rancière, dissent is both a political posture and an essential result of collective work. Therefore, students must participate in joint elaboration without giving up their precepts and understandings. Throughout the 12 sessions of 3 hours that comprise this course, we will discuss the historical background, disciplinary overlaps, methodological issues, ethical issues, and political contours, among other things, of public anthropology.

Anthropology 1: Introduction to Anthropology

2018, Universidade de São Paulo

Fieldwork in Anthropology

2018, Universidade de São Paulo

Anthropology and the Decolonial turn: some ideas about Theory and methods

2017, Universidade Estadual de Campinas

Anthropology 2: Topics of Classic Anthropology

2017, Universidade de São Paulo

Age of Autonomies: Indigenous Struggles in Mexico and Latin America

2016, Universidade de São Paulo

Human Development

2012 and 2013, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Seminar of International Relations

2010, Universidade de São Paulo

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