Ontology | Symbolism | Nature | Anthropology
My name is Pedro Rabaça, I am 26 years old and I am currently in the second year of my Ph.D. in Anthropology at ISCTE-IUL and NOVA-FCSH.
Since the beginning of my academic path in college, I became a person that is very passionate regarding social sciences. However, the information and contact I had about the anthropological subject were very superficial until I enrolled in university. It was a happy coincidence since I ended up finding a port of refuge and overcoming, on na academic and personal level. I found a disciplinary area that – paraphrasing the British anthropologist Tim Ingold – seeks a generous understanding, open, comparative, but never overlooking the conditions that define human life in the world we all inhabit (Ingold, 2016). It is this fecund component that investigates the human condition through its multiple forms that attracted and fascinated me.
I ended up concluding my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Anthropology at ISCTE-IUL, having not only learned a lot thanks to the teaching staff of this institution and my research but also fueled my ethical and emphatical principles towards social and cultural diversity.
During my academic education, I had the opportunity to undertake na internship program at Instituto do Oriente based on ISCSP (Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas). This internship had the objective of developing my organizational and writing skills through the review of scientifical articles, the promotion of events, and the development of a scientifical article for one of the institution’s magazines. In this article, I produced na anthropological analysis of the social and cultural impacts of BRI (Belt and Road Initiative) through a perspective that promoted sustainability.
Outside the academic sphere, I assisted many museums in Lisbon, supervising them and helping the visitors while I worked there. This experience allowed me to improve many interpersonal communication and management skills. Aside from this professional experience, I worked as a librarian on the 2021 and 2022 editions of Lisbon’s Book Faire for the Guerra e Paz and Planeta publishers respectively. More recently, I worked as a cultural mediator. Until now, I already finished a project that aimed to promote the material and immaterial cultural heritage of Ribatejo.
I have been developing a particular interest in subject areas associated with the symbolic, religion, and ritual, but I am always wary of themes that have been prominent in anthropology contemporarily.