On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, the Brazil LAB and the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology at the Museu Nacional (PPGAS/MN/UFRJ) held the workshop Archives, Archival Practices and their Ethnographic Effects. The event took place online and is part of a partnership between the Brazil LAB and the PPGAS/MN/UFRJ to support graduate student research at the Museu Nacional who began their PhD between 2017 and 2019.
The event was the result of a dialogue initiated in 2021 between grant recipients, members of the Brazil LAB and the PPGAS faculty. Each participant gave a brief presentation of the research of one of the colleagues, and then the comments were opened to the other participants and authors. The common theme of the debate was the use of archives in anthropological practice, its potentialities and challenges.
The works discussed focused on militarism, racism against Indigenous people and roadways in the Amazon (Telma Bemerguy), the archives on the genesis of black entrepreneurship in Brazil (Filipe Juliano), Indigenous filmmaking in the state of Espírito Santo and Amerindian archival practices (Aline Moschen) and the analysis of the spatial and subjective constitution of Africo-Brazilian religious cult places (candomblé and umbanda) through photographs (Daniele Ferreira). In the coming weeks, the participants will prepare the fourth and last deliverable of the project, a text for the scientific dissemination of their research aimed at the general public.