Raphael Bezerra da Silva Uchoa

gästforskare vid Institutionen för idé- och lärdomshistoria

Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3P
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751 26 UPPSALA

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Raphael Uchôa is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Office for History of Science at Uppsala University. He is particularly interested in the long nineteenth-century relationship between natural history and anthropology, and his research engages broadly with the interface between the notions of ‘nature’ and ‘culture’.

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Raphael completed his doctoral thesis at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (2018) in Brazil, where he explored the concepts of ‘American race,’ ‘ruins’ and ‘savage knowledge’ in the works of the naturalist Carl von Martius (1794-1868) within the context of a transatlantic geopolitics of knowledge. Raphael stayed as a visiting researcher (predoctoral) at the Department of History of Science and Ideas at Uppsala Universitet and as a visiting Ph.D. candidate at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at University of Cambridge.

Raphael has collaborated in projects related to Digital Humanities and Knowledge Organization at Centre Simão Mathias Studies for the History of Science (CESIMA) in Brazil. He is associate editor of Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science. Since 2016, he has collaborated with the projectDe-centered science: Transits of mining chemistry, medicine and natural history in Europe and Latin America” carried between CESIMA, the Department for the History of Science and Ideas at Uppsala and the Hagströmer Medico-Historical Library in Stockholm. As an offshoot of this collaborative project, he is currently completing a paper entitled: “Contextualizing the ‘American Man’ in an Atlantic scene: the case of Carl von Martius and his German and Iberian sources”. Since 2018, he is associate member of Centre for Global Knowledge Studies (gloknos) at University of Cambridge.

Raphael is a co-organiser of the workshop series “Encountering Knowledge: Geographies, Concepts, and Materials from the Early Modern Period to the Present,” which discusses the boundaries and defining characteristics of cultural encounters across spaces and time periods through the lens of science and knowledge.


Main reseach areas: History of anthropology; Natural history in eighteenth and nineteenth century; History of 'ethnoscience'; race.

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