Brian Juan O’Neill

Academic degree: Doctorate
Category: Full members
Institutional subunit: ISCTE-IUL
Research group: Environment, Sustainability and Ethnography
Thematic line:
Research interests: Creole societies | Social identities | Reflexivity
Research contexts: Malasia | Southeast Asia | Critical “Lusofonia”
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Biographical note

An anthropologist trained in the USA and Great Britain, Brian Juan O’Neill has been based in Portugal since 1982. His research projects have been focused primarily on the anthropology of Europe and the Mediterranean (Galicia and Trás-os-Montes), on themes such as peasant family structures, marriage patterns, and systems of inheritance and succession. Further topics include Gypsy communities and the East Timorese in Portugal, biographical methods, and mortuary practices. More recently, he has been dedicated to the study of the Portuguese-Creole community resident in the so-called Portuguese Quarter of Malacca, analyzing the multiple social identities of this minority of Eurasians within a processual and historical dimension. This specific case is situated within the wider context of other Eurasian enclaves in Southeast Asia, as well as within the comparative scope of Eurasia, a new field of study located at the confluence of anthropology and “global history”.

Brian Juan O'Neillpub31*2008Book chapterO'NEILL, Brian Juan, 2008, "Displaced identities among the Malacca Portuguese", in Shawn Parkhurst; Sharon Roseman (orgs.), Recasting Culture and Space in Iberian Contexts, Nova Iorque, SUNY Press, pp. 55-80, ISBN: 9780791473115.
Brian Juan O'Neillpub31*2008Book chapterO'NEILL, Brian Juan, 2008, "Os rituais como expressões multiculturais", in A. T. Matos; M. Lages (orgs.), Portugal Intercultural: Razão e Projecto (Vol. III, Multiculturalidade: Matrizes e Configurações), Lisboa, CEPCEP, pp. 53-104.
Brian Juan O'Neillpub31*2009Book chapterO'NEILL, Brian Juan, 2009, "Histórias de vida em antropologia: estilos e visões, do etnográfico ao hipermoderno", in Elsa Lechner (org.), Histórias de Vida: Olhares Disciplinares, Porto, Afrontamento, pp. 109-121.
Brian Juan O'Neillpub31*2009BookO'NEILL, Brian Juan, 2009, Social Inequality in a Portuguese Hamlet: Land, Late Marriage, and Bastardy 1870-1978, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (on-line edition of 2007 digital paperback reprint).
Brian Juan O'Neillpub31*2011BookO'NEILL, Brian Juan, 2011, Proprietários, Lavradores e Jornaleiras: Desigualdade Social numa Aldeia Transmontana 1870-1978, Porto, Afrontamento, 480 pp., ISBN 9789723611571 (2.ª edição acrescentada).
Brian Juan O'Neillpub31*2012Book chapterO'NEILL, Brian Juan, 2012, "Des-guetizando ciganos: comparando minorias", in Ana Isabel Afonso (ed.), Etnografia com Ciganos: Diferenciação e Resistência Cultural, 187-222, Lisboa, Colibri, ISBN 978-989-689-279-1.
Brian Juan O'Neillpub31*2012Book chapterO'NEILL, Brian Juan, 2012, "Reflexões pós-modernas sobre um texto antropológico de Mário Lages", in Artur Teodoro de Matos (org.), Diafanias do Mundo: Homenagem a Mário F. Lages, Lisboa, Universidade Católica Editora, pp. 123-130, ISBN 978-972-54-0335-8.
Brian Juan O'Neillpub31*2013Paper in proceedingsO'NEILL, Brian Juan, 2013, "Kaza e família em Malaca ignorada: especificidades crioulas”, in Manuel Lobato, Maria de Deus Manso (orgs.), Mestiçagens e Identidades Intercontinentais nos Espaços Lusófonos, Braga, NICPRI, pp. 123-143, ISBN 978-989-8550-14-9.
Brian Juan O'Neillpub31*2015Book chapterO'NEILL, Brian Juan, 2015, "Histórias de vida na antropologia: novidades transnacionais", in Elsa Lechner (org.), Rostos, Vozes e Siêncios: Uma Pesquisa Biográfica Colaborativa com Imigrantes em Portugal, Coimbra, Almedina/CES, pp. 73-108, ISBN: 978-972-40-6424-8.
Brian Juan O'Neillpub31*2016ArticleO'NEILL, Brian Juan, 2016, "Practice theory in practice: critical anthropology in Galicia and Portugal in the 1970s", (Con)textos: Revista d’Antropologia i Investigació Social, 6:
Brian Juan O'Neillpub31*2016Book chapterO'NEILL, Brian Juan, 2016, "Que casamentos são estes?", in Ana C. Lopes, R. Carneiro (orgs.), Afectos: "A Amizade Também é Memória", Lisboa, Centro de Estudos dos Povos e Culturas de Expressão Portuguesa, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, pp. 279-293, ISBN: 978-972-9045-38-7.
Brian Juan O'Neillpub31*2013Book chapterO'NEILL, Brian, 2013, "Asia and Eurasia: new tunes and looney tunes in Historical Anthropology”, in Maria Cardeira da Silva, Clara Saraiva (orgs.), The Jill Dias Lessons: Anthropology, History, Africa, Academy, Lisboa, CRIA, pp. 75-82, ISBN 978-989-97179-2-3.
Brian Juan O'Neillpub31*2013Book chapterO'NEILL, Brian, 2013,"Eurásia miraculosa”, in Ana Maria Pina, Carlos Maurício e Maria João Vaz (orgs.), Metamorfoses da Cultura: Estudos em Homenagem a Maria Carlos Radich, Lisboa, CEHC (Centro de Estudos de História Contemporânea)/ISCTE-IUL, pp. 203-213, ISBN 978-989-98499-1-4.

IDResearcherPositionProjTitleProject typeStatus+
pub31*Brian Juan O'NeillSupervisorproj140*Por-Tugu-Ese? The Protestant Tugu community of Jakarta, IndonesiaDoctoral researchConcluded+
pub31*Brian Juan O'NeillSupervisorproj25*Gypsies, markets and horses: two ways of 'doing business' - social and economic networks and itineraries of Gypsy families in Greater Lisbon and the AlgarvePost-doctoral researchConcluded+
pub31*Brian Juan O'NeillSupervisorproj29*Practices and representations of the body in Bengali IndiaPost-doctoral researchConcluded+
pub31*Brian Juan O'NeillPrincipal investigatorproj298*Portuguese Eurasians of MalaccaIndependentOngoing+