Thesis: Children of the land and children of the Saint: Heritage, religion, and territoriality in a Brazilian quilombo
Research: My doctoral research is looking at quilombola grassroots organisation around land in Maranhão state, Brazil. Drawing on cultural and religious practices taking place in a compound of Black rural quilombo communities, my research explores local politics of alliance between peasant groups that self-identify as descendants of maroon settlers. I am especially interested in the mobilisation of local resources in defence of quilombo territory when formal means of establishing land claims have been exhausted. My doctoral research is part of the joint research project ‘Currents of faith, places of history: Religious diasporas and world-making in the Atlantic space’, funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) consortium.
Other research interests: peasant political organisation, race and social inequalities, state hegemony and resistance, ‘extra-state’ groups, autonomy and collectivity, political uses of material culture.