Aristoteles Barcelos Neto

Aristoteles Barcelos Neto

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Personal profile

Academic Background

B.A. Museology; Universidade Federal da Bahia (1996)

M.Phil. Social Anthropology; Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (1999)

Ph.D. Social Anthropology; Universidade de São Paulo (2004)

Biography

Dr Aristoteles Barcelos Neto is specialized in the anthropology of South American Indians. He has conducted extensive fieldwork among the Wauja Indians of Amazonia and with urban and rural communities in the Peruvian Andes. He is research fellow of the Centre for Mesoamerican and Andean Studies of the University of São Paulo. He created Amazonian ethnographic collections for museums in France, Brazil, Portugal and Germany; and produced and directed ethnographic films in Brazil and Peru. 

Website: http://www.sru.uea.ac.uk/faculty-aristoteles_barcelos_neto.php

Career

Dr Barcelos Neto, who joined the School in 2007, was previously a visiting researcher at the Collège de France in Paris. His doctorate at the University of São Paulo was awarded the National Science Council prize for best Ph.D. dissertation.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Anthropology of South American Indians 

Ritual and Cosmology

Material and Visual Cultures

Museum Anthropology

Visual Anthropology

 

Current project - Upper Xingu material culture in the past, present and future: collaborative documentation of a multiethnic tradition in Brazilian Amazonia. Funded by the Endangered Material Knowledge Programme, British Museum

This project focuses on the documentation of ceramics and woven artefacts in the Upper Xingu region, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. The Upper Xingu is a plurilingual and multi-ethnic regional system. The project will work with the Carib-speaking Kuikuro and the Arawak-speaking Wauja. Its three main goals are to: a) support local people in researching and documenting their material culture both in the village and in museums; b) create a digital database on material culture, past and present, as a durable instrument for safeguarding knowledge; c) revalorise and stimulate the transmission of this knowledge between generations. The major aim is not to make another collection, physical or virtual, but to serve as a spark capable of realigning the local chain of cultural knowledge transmission, which is endangered by the invasion of commodities. The project team has over twenty years of experience in research, documentation and shared cultural production in the region. It works with new technologies of memory as a means to engage the younger generation in projects, making youngsters simultaneously the agents of the documentation, and the recipients of the documented knowledge. This process rejuvenates the chain of transmission, and attributes new social value to both the old masters and the young indigenous researchers.

 
 

Teaching Interests

Anthropology of art and material culture

Museum anthropology

Anthropology of South American Indians

Afro-Brazilian cultural heritage

The arts of ritual 

 

Research supervision

 

Anthropology of art and material culture

Museum anthropology

Anthropology of South American Indians

Afro-Brazilian cultural heritage

The arts of ritual