Research developed within CRIA’s research groups is complemented by the activities of three thematic lines and two working groups. Although specific in their core subjects, these lines and groups crosscut the research groups’ activity, bringing together their researchers. The work carried out by the thematic lines and working groups has significantly contributed to CRIA’s engagement with civil society and other academic institutions, reinforcing CRIA’s scientific capability, favouring multi-disciplinary dialogues, and promoting a dynamic and innovative approach to anthropology.
The thematic line Anthropology of Health develops anthropological studies on health, illness and suffering, paying special attention to social transformations in current European and specifically Portuguese social contexts, and its relationship to the public policy in the health field, the economic crisis, the increase in poverty, and the emergence of new vulnerabilities.
The thematic line NAVA – Visual Anthropology and Arts Laboratory gathers researchers who work in the fields of anthropology of art, anthropology of performance and visual cultures, articulating academic interests with film and artistic production, namely ethnographic.
The thematic line AZIMUT – Studies in Arab and Islamic Contexts focuses on different Islamic contexts as ethnographic fields, and fosters debates on dominant categories and the risks of essencialization.
The working group Anthropology of Religion (NAR) foments anthropological research on religion in Portugal and aims to build national and international networks of exchange and scientific production on topics such as beliefs, spirituality, post-secularisation, the sacred, and its articulation with broader issues like governance of migrations.
The working group Informal Resources, State and Social Capital aims to study the specific features, present logics, and workings of informal social networks in Portugal, as they continually constitute themselves in dialects with the State, the market, and their institutions.