Manuel João Ramos

Manuel João Ramos
ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa | ISCTE · Centre of International Studies

PhD

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Introduction
My home page: http://www.mjr.link/ // My research interests are: Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa Portuguese ethnography Road risk and trauma Anthropology theory (cognition, symbolism, comparative semantics) // I teach at the department of Anthropology of ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon, and I'm a senior researcher at the Center of International Studies of the same institute.
Additional affiliations
October 1999 - August 2016
ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
Position
  • Subdirector
October 1984 - present
ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Education
October 1987 - November 1995
September 1983 - May 1987
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Field of study
  • Compared Literary Studies
December 1979 - September 1982
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Field of study
  • Anthropology

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Publications (124)
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This book, in two volumes, contains an annotated English translation of the Historia da Etiopia by the Spanish Jesuit missionary priest Pedro Paez (or Pero Pais in Portuguese), 1564-1622, who worked in the Portuguese padroado missions, first in India and then in Ethiopia, long thought to be the kingdom of the legendary Prester John. His history of...
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This book, in two volumes, contains an annotated English translation of the Historia da Etiopia by the Spanish Jesuit missionary priest Pedro Paez (or Pero Pais in Portuguese), 1564-1622, who worked in the Portuguese padroado missions, first in India and then in Ethiopia, long thought to be the kingdom of the legendary Prester John. His history of...
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A graphic essay on the early stages of the civil war in Ethiopia, that started on November 3rd, 2020. Its source material are on-the-ground testimonies detailing different views on the conflict. The essay makes use of the formal iconographic style of traditional Ethiopian painting to address the traumatic effects of the war in a way that may be imm...
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This paper analyses the networks, experiences and aspirations of Nepalese workers in Southern Portugal's farms and greenhouses. The main research objective is to analyse how recruitment networks, which supported the move of Nepalese to Portugal, were established and have rapidly consolidated. These networks impacted not only the increase of irregul...
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This text deals with intentionality in in situ drawing, on two dimensions: that of its actual practice and that of its public sharing. Taking as example a brief and constrained situational observational group sketching experiment in a landscape with elements of recognisable heritage status, it discusses the means through which these dimensions beco...
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Whereas the topic of how anthropologists link intimate written information gathered in the field with public production of knowledge in academic format – the so-called “writing culture” (an expression originated in Clifford and Marcus 1986) –, seems all but exhausted today, little attention has historically been given to the place and goals of sket...
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O caderno reflecte, e de certa maneira amplifica e cristaliza a persona do seu autor. O laço que os une não é simplesmente material, agencial e legal. Há coisas do autor no caderno, há coisas do caderno no autor, porque nesse “há” e nessas “coisas” ele transcende a materialidade que ele é e tem. O autor é o seu dono e seu pai, mas também seu servo...
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Quando o desenhador desenha, fá-lo primariamente para si próprio – por- que desenhar é um acto de conhecimento individual. Mas não há que tomar como questão meramente subsidiária que o desenhador desenhe também para os outros – porque partilhar o objecto “desenho” é um acto comunica- cional – e que o seu desenhar não seja na realidade “seu” mas “no...
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Drawing, as a graphic technique - and as a form of graphic thought - is much closer to writing than to techniques of visual capture and representation. To a large extent, to draw is to write, as to draw is to draw. In both cases, we are faced with embodied cognition: a thought that is composed through articulation between visual perception, brain i...
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In this paper, we focus our attention in Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon, and in the recent process of its touristification, which is forcing a collective revision of the city’s identity and its patrimonial narratives, to make sense of the growing contrasts between marginality and centrality, circulation and calm, abandonment and limelight, indigen...
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Travel drawing is more than a record or register of attendance ('been there, seen that'): it holds invisibly within itself the remnant of a look, the hint of a memory and a trace of an osmosis of feelings between the sketcher and the person or objects sketched. Less intrusive than using a camera, drawing comprises a less imperialist, more benign wa...
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Gondär’s evolution to becoming the empire’s capital went hand in hand with the con- struction of pompous castles by members of the Gondärine royal family, supported by foreign builders. However, foreign presence left its marks not only in the capital’s archi- tecture, but also in the Jesuit missionary reports of the time. As the history was written...
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Female migratory fows from the Horn of Africa are mainly directed to Arab countries and tend to take the form of temporary legal migration. Like their Asian counterparts, these girls and women are subject to varying degrees of trafcking and even enslave- ment, working mainly as in-house maids in afuent Arab households, where they tend to be deni...
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The present volume sets forth to analyse illustrative aspects of the deep-rooted immersion of the populations of the eastern coasts of Africa in the vast network of commercial, cultural and religious interactions that extend to the Middle-East and the Indian subcontinent, as well as the long-time involvement of various exogenous military, administr...
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Participatory visual methods are becoming the new hype in anthropology. Researchers tend to present participatory visual methods as attractive approaches to not only promote innovative research that engages informants in original and collaborative ways but to engage students eager to find bridges between the academic world and a world progressively...
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Drawing as part of ethnographic observation practices has been systematically undervalued in anthropology, due to an academic tradition that has long favoured realist writing. Yet, sketching, not only as part of one’s fieldwork activities, but as a means to convey one’s first-hand impressions and interpretations can be given some room in academic p...
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In traditional societies, the phenomenon of death is viewed in the logical context of the symbolic thinking of each own culture. In several Indian, African and South American ethnic groups, the fate of the dead is a correlate of the emergence to life, and, mediated by ritual processes, participates of the origin of the newborn. The concept of death...
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Fifty years after the foundation of the OAU and the consolidation of most African states and institutions, the international panorama and Africa’s position in it have changed considerably. The world's geopolitical and economic configuration has evolved, with new actors appearing in a new period of globalization. In tone with ECAS 2013, this volume...
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The changing of Ethiopian demography is having an impact on the transformation of its political life, particularly in urban areas. The Muslim's community is finding a new standing and the federal government has reacted nervously to it in 2011 and 2012.
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This book, in two volumes, contains an annotated English translation of the "Historia da Etiopia" by the Spanish Jesuit missionary priest Pedro Paez (or Pero Pais in Portuguese), 1564-1622, who worked in the Portuguese missions, first in India and then in Ethiopia, long thought to be the kingdom of the legendary Prester John. His history of Ethiopi...
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The proposed paper deals with the entanglements of political decision-making process at the local level in Lisbon, Portugal's capital city, concerning the discourses and actions relating to the promotion of walking in the city. It describes: -how lobbying by local and national NGOs has been a central tool in pushing the issue of pedestrian quality...
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Catalogue of a documental exhibition at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS (University of London), commemorating King Haile Selassie's visit to Portugal in 1959, a key period for the understanding of some of the events that led to the independence of many African countries, and to the delay of the independence of many others, and to the foundation of the Org...
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Envisioning better walkability in the context of European urbanism risks leaning on the acceptance of a general framework of ideas seeking to address apocalyptical concepts of the future. It is conceived as a set of palliative measures to tackle the unsustainability of contemporary urban mobility models, which leads to uncomfortable collusions with...
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An ethnographic study of a Portuguese fishing community in the early eighties of the 20th century.
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A series of travels illustrated by the author in Tunisia, Spain, Zimbabwe, UK, Ethiopia and Portugal. One travels to experience falling outside the comfort of one's sedentary illusions; but because we also want to return, we must abandon the illusion of being part of worlds that are not and never will be ours. No traveller truly sees anything anew....
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A critical review of the notion of "intangible heritage" and its ideological underpinnings. In': Cadernos do Museu da Pólvora Negra, Câmara Municipal de Oeiras, n°1
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The analysis of contemporary popular paintings shows that the medieval Ethiopian legend of the sexual union of Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, and Solomon, the Israeli king, and the birth of their son Menelik, the mythical ancestor of Ethiopia's Solomonic dynasty, is transformed in the late 19th century during Menelik II's expansion to the South, givin...

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Expecting two peers, handpicked by journal editors, to evaluate the quality of one's research and publication seems a poorly thought system, and one that fosters decline in science production and communication.
The controversy raised by Bohannon's spoof article that is the pretext for his study in the latest issue of Science (Who's afraid of peer review) is worth addressing. His argument is fallacious: all the contacted journals were open-access ones, leaving the impression that subscription-based journals have higher quality standards. But he's right in exposing the shortcomings of peer reviewing.
For instance, Open Scholar (http://www.openscholar.org.uk) proposes new evaluation models.

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