Jorge Varanda

Academic degree: Doctorate
Category: Full members
Institutional subunit: UC
Research group: Governance, Policies and Livelihoods
Thematic line: Anthropology of Health
Research interests: Biomedicine | Colonial/post-independence | Neglected tropical diseases
Research contexts: Angola | Guinea-Bissau
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Biographical note

Jorge Varanda graduated in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Coimbra, pursued an MSc in Medical Anthropology and later a PhD in Social History of Medicine, both, at the University College London. He was a visiting auxiliary professor at the University of Coimbra where he taught in the BSC of Anthropology and Master of Medical Anthropology. He is responsible for the course of Anthropology of Health in the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Lisbon) PhD program on International Health. He is a research fellow at the Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA) and also collaborates with the Global Health and Tropical Medicine of the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Over a decade, he has been researching health issues in Portuguese-speaking Africa, namely Angola, where he conducts regular fieldwork. He was the principal investigator (PI) of a research project on colonial and global public health programs against African Human Trypanosomiasis — sleeping sickness — in Angola (1900s-2013). Currently, he is the national Portuguese PI in a US project on the emergence and spread of the HIV-1 and HIV-2-AIDS viruses focusing on Angola and Guinea-Bissau respectively. He is also PI of a Gulbenkian Foundation project of digitalisation and study of the secret police of the Diamand Company of Angola (Diamang). Amidst other works, he was a consultant on the design and implementation of the Verbal Autopsy for the DSS (Demographic Surveillance System) of the Health Research Centre of Angola (CISA). His publications touch on various topics related to Angola, Diamang, Public Health anti-sleeping sickness campaigns; colonial medicine and forced labour; cross-colonial knowledge transfer and colonial photographs. His latest publications include an edited volume on Angola, and more recently the emergence of HIV-1 and Angola and Verbal Autopsy mortality. He will be publishing on the role of Anthropology in Global Health and Guine-Bissau and the emergence of HIV-2.

Jorge Varandapub83*2016ArticlePINEDA-PEÑA, Andrea-Clemencia; VARANDA, Jorge; SOUSA, João Dinis; THEYS, Kristof; BÁRTOLO, Inês; LEITNER, Thomas; TAVEIRA, Nuno; VANDAMME, Anne-Mieke; ABECASIS, Ana B., 2016, "On the contribution of Angola to the initial spread of HIV-1", Infection, Genetics and Evolution, 46:
Jorge Varandapub83*2016ArticleROSÁRIO, Edite Vila Nova; COSTA, Diogo; TIMÓTEO, Luís; RODRIGUES, Ana Ambrósio; VARANDA, Jorge; NERY, Susana Vaz; BRITO, Miguel, 2016, "Main causes of death in Dande, Angola: results from Verbal Autopsies of deaths occurring during 2009-2012", BMJ Public Health, 16:
Jorge Varandapub83*2015Edited journal issueVARANDA, Jorge (org.), 2015, dossiê "Angola: a vertigem da modernidade e o lastro do passado", Etnográfica, 19 (1).link
Jorge Varandapub83*2009Book chapterVARANDA, Jorge, 2009, "Um cavalo de Tróia na colónia? Missões de profilaxia contra a doença do sono da Diamang", in Luís Silva Pereira Chiara Pussetti (orgs.), Os Saberes da Cura: Antropologia da Doença e Práticas Terapêuticas, Lisboa, ISPA.
Jorge Varandapub83*2010Book chapterVARANDA, Jorge, 2010, "Crossing colonies and empires: the health services of the diamond company of Angola", Anne Digby, Waltraud Ernst and Projit B. Mukharji (eds.), Crossing Colonial Historiographies, Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Jorge Varandapub83*2011Book chapterVARANDA, Jorge, 2011, "A asa protectora de Outros: As relações transcoloniais do Serviço de Saúde da Diamang", in C. Bastos, R. Barreto (ed.), A Circulação do Conhecimento: Medicina, Redes e Império, Lisboa, Imprensa de Ciências Sociais (online), pp. 339-373, ISBN: 978-972-671-288-6.
Jorge Varandapub83*2012ArticleVARANDA, Jorge, 2012, "Filhos e enteados: políticas e práticas dos serviços de saúde da Diamang", Antropologia Portuguesa, 29, ISSN 0870-0990.
Jorge Varandapub83*2014ArticleVARANDA, Jorge, 2014, "Biomedical health care in Angola and in the Companhia de Diamantes de Angola, circa 1910-1970", História, Ciências, Saúde: Manguinhos, 21 (2): 587-608, ISSN: 0104-5970.
Jorge Varandapub83*2015ArticleVARANDA, Jorge, 2015, "Introdução: Angola na passagem do tempo", Etnográfica, 19 (1):
Jorge Varandapub83*2014ArticleVARANDA, Jorge; CLEVELAND, Todd, 2014, "(Un)healthy relationships: African labourers, profits and health services on Angola's colonial-era diamond mines, 1917-1975", Medical History, 58 (1): 87-105, ISSN: 0025-7273, E-ISSN: 2048-8343.
Jorge Varandapub83*2015ArticleVIEGAS, Fátima; VARANDA, Jorge, 2015, "Saberes e práticas de cura nas igrejas neotradicionais em Luanda: carismas, participação e trajetórias das mulheres", Etnográfica, 19 (1):

IDResearcherPositionProjTitleProject typeStatus+
pub83*Jorge VarandaPrincipal Investigatorproj247*Diamang Company of Angola (Diamang) - Service of Information: a memory subv(m)ersive memoryNational projectConcluded+
pub83*Jorge VarandaPrincipal Investigatorproj6*Recalling a neglected disease: an historical-anthropological view of Human African Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) in Angola, ca. 1900s-presentNational projectConcluded+