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A Multidisciplinary Program on Transformations in Historical Consciousness

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Patricia Lorenzoni

Assistant Professor, History of Ideas, University of Gothenburg

Biography

B. 1975. Researcher at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. PhD in History of Ideas, University of Gothenburg 2007, with dissertation Att färdas under dödens tecken: Frazer, imperiet och den försvinnande vilden (Travelling under the sign of death: Frazer, the empire and the vanishing savage). Visiting Research Scholar at Centre for Global Studies and the Humanities, Duke University, funded by STINT, in 2005. Visiting research fellow at Centro de Pesquisa e Pós-graduação sobre as Américas, Universidade de Brasília, in 2009.

Ongoing research

Lorenzoni’s research revolves around narratives of history, nation and indigenous origins in Brazil, in relation to conflicts over the right to land. The presence of an internal frontier of ongoing colonial expansion as well as numerous indigenous groups who have not yet been directly colonised – and who are, therefore, classified as “isolated” in Brazilian indigenist policy – puts the relation between, and the legitimacy of, concepts of nation, people and territory at stake. Lorenzoni’s study focus on the ambiguous place of the category of the “índio”. On the one hand, the "índio" is at the heart of the imagined nation as a mythical origin. On the other, the continuing presence of people identifying and identified as "índios" signals the unfulfillment of the nation and therefore marks its outsides.
Currently, Lorenzoni is working on a book that approaches the place of the "índio" from three different places; the first being nationalist conceptualisations of security and sovereignty in relation to demarcation of indigenous lands, the second the Catholic indigenist mission and its transformations at the frontiers of expansion in the second half of the 20th century, and the third indigenous struggles to articulate indigenous political subjectivities. The title of this work in progress is “Nation, Incarnation, Decolonisation”. She is also in the process of compiling a collection of texts in Swedish that will approach the same topics in a more essayistic form. This second work has the working title "Declare our death and bury us here".

Lorenzoni’s research revolves around narratives of history, nation and indigenous origins in Brazil, in relation to conflicts over the right to land. The presence of an internal frontier of ongoing colonial expansion as well as numerous indigenous groups who have not yet been directly colonised – and who are, therefore, classified as “isolated” in Brazilian indigenist policy – puts the relation between, and the legitimacy of, concepts of nation, people and territory at stake.

Lorenzoni’s study focuses on the ambiguous place of the category of the “índio”. On the one hand, the "índio" is at the heart of the imagined nation as a mythical origin. On the other, the continuing presence of people identifying and identified as "índios" signals the unfulfillment of the nation and therefore marks its outsides.

Currently, Lorenzoni is working on a book that approaches the place of the "índio" from three different places; the first being nationalist conceptualisations of security and sovereignty in relation to demarcation of indigenous lands, the second the Catholic indigenist mission and its transformations at the frontiers of expansion in the second half of the 20th century, and the third indigenous struggles to articulate indigenous political subjectivities. The title of this work in progress is “Nation, Incarnation, Decolonisation”. She is also in the process of compiling a collection of texts in Swedish that will approach the same topics in a more essayistic form. This second work has the working title "Declare our death and bury us here".

Selected bibliography

"Remembering a crime: A reflection on the Galdino Jesus dos Santos memorial in Brasília", Regionality/Mondiality: Perspectives on Art, Aesthetics and Globalization, ed Cecilia Sjöholm and Charlotte Bydler, Södertörn Studies in Aesthetics and Art, Södertörn Högskola, Huddinge 2014 [forthcoming].

”Ett förebådat mord”, Glänta no 1, 2013.

”Om detta är en människa”, Kritiker no 27, februari 2013.

”A moldura positivista do indigenismo: A propósito do Estatuto do Índio para a proteção de povos indígenas no Brasil”, (together with Cristhian Teófilo da Silva), Série CEPPAC no 40, 2012.

Mama Dolly: Bilder av moderskap från jungfru Maria till Alien, Norstedts, Stockholm 2012.

”Skam, stolthet och den andres sörjbarhet”, Bang no 2, 2012.

”Jag ville jag kunde annektera stjärnorna”, Glänta no 1, 2012.

”Claiming Makunaima: Colonisation, Nation, and History in the Northern Amazon” i Rethinking Time, Södertörn Philosophical Studies 10, red. Hans Ruin och Andrus Ers, Södertörn Högskola, Huddinge 2011.

”Remembering the índio in Brasília and Boa Vista: Reflections on two urban monuments” in Anales: Nueva Época no 13, 2010.

Att färdas under dödens tecken: Frazer, imperiet och den försvinnande vilden, Logos/Pathos no 10, Glänta Produktion, Göteborg 2008.

”Mormor är inte kannibal”, I skuggan av samtiden: En vänbok till Sven-Eric Liedman och Amanda Peralta, Arachne no. 20, red. Johan Kärnfelt, Göteborgs universitet, Institutionen för idéhistoria och vetenskapsteori, Göteborg 2006.

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