Mindjan canvas in transit: from São Tomé and Príncipe, the plants that heal, the knowledge that endures

Principal researcher: Rita Rodrigues

Research group: Governance, Policies and Livelihoods


Therapeutic practices | Natural medicinal resources | Circulation | Migration | Sao Tome and Principe

Funding Institution

Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT)



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The processes by which human mobility constitutes, unfolds and rebuilds a vast body of knowledge and practices reveals both the dynamics in the transit of goods and therapeutic practices in a migratory context, and the networks of production, use, accumulation and exchange of medical knowledge. The study of the interaction between healing systems emerges as a starting point for scrutinizing the contours of the organizational relationship between therapeutic traditions, as well as the processes of (re)configuration of knowledge that propitiate the development of hybrid therapeutic systems. In this context, we seek to outline the trajectory of curative therapies of immigrants from São Tomé and Príncipe based on an analysis of the dynamics underlying the processes of circulation of therapeutic practices and goods, including the extent and intensity of autochthonous healing processes in Portugal. Anchored in ethnographic research, this study seeks to unveil the circuits and contexts in which the circulation of natural resources takes place, accompanying the (dis) continuities of the ways of explaining, expressing and managing health and illness of immigrants from São Tomé e Príncipe.


Full members

Cristina Santinho

Governance, Policies and Livelihoods