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Historical anthropology and indigenous people

year 26, n. 58, Sept./Dec. 2020

Editors of the issue:
Pablo Quintero – Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
João Pacheco de Oliveira – Museu Nacional/Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The indigenous people have been systematically considered stagnant and primitive societies. The only tools for the comprehension of the latter were therefore restricted to the exotization of differences, the cultural relativization, and the negation of coetaneity between researchers and their research topic. The poetic and political aspects of these representations are mainly inspired by the colonial culture and used by the media, but also by social science scholars and contemporary ethnology research groups.

Originating from a critical movement within the social sciences, the so-called historical anthropology is defined as a field of research with new study themes, methodologies and knowledge protocols. It aims to contribute improving the visibility of indigenous people as political and social actors within specific historical situations by means of an analytical movement taking into account the fact that the culture does not imply historicity denial or reflexivity omission.
This research method about – and with! – the indigenous people induces a double epistemological movement considering the past as an ethnographic problem which analyses the present as a historical problem. Considering this approach, the issue of this number of Horizontes Antropológicos aims at receiving articles based on ethnographic works that consider the indigenous people from the point of view of their historical-procedural dimensions and their political strategies. Theoretical articles establishing a debate between anthropology and History are also very welcome.

Projected date of publication: September 2020

Submission of articles closed in 30th September 2019

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