HITAL - Transatlantic History of Latin America Anthropologies

public.project.responsible_investigator_cria: Frederico Rosa

public.project.responsible_investigator_external: Christine Laurière (UMR9022 | Héritages : Culture/s, Patrimoine/s, Création/s)

public.project.research_group: Practices and Politics of Culture


History of anthropology | Latin America | Knowledge networks | Digital humanities


Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

Berose (coord.); UMR9022 (Héritages : Culture/s, Patrimoine/s, Création/s); UMR8216 (CéSor, Centre d’Études en Sciences Sociales du Religieux); Museu Nacional (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro); Universidade de São Paulo; CONICET/UCA - Pontifica Universidad Católica Argentina; CIHA - Centro de Investigaciones Históricas y Antropológicas; ICANH - Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia







The HITAL project is part of the research carried out in BEROSE International Encyclopedia of the Histories of Anthropology, claiming a renewed practice and writing of the history of anthropology, in the wake of the World Anthropologies born in Latin America at the end of the 20th century. All the partners of HITAL are already collaborating with BEROSE. HITAL's scientific ambition is to produce a transatlantic history (19th-21st centuries) of ethnography and anthropology in several South American countries, with a comparative dimension. As Anthropology holds a singular place in the nation building process in Latin America, the main challenge is to contribute to the pluralization of the history of anthropology by studying diverse scientific canons and practices. HITAL also aims to promote the recognition and understanding of the variety of actors, issues, practices, debates, institutions, meanings, functions and scientific, cultural, social and political roles. Particular attention will be paid to excluded ancestors, to non-professional ethnographers, to interlocutors in the field, to indigenous communities historically linked to anthropological projects and who get an increasingly important place in the construction of knowledge and the animation of museum institutions, carrying an alternative discourse that challenges the heuristic premises of the discipline.

Full members

João Leal