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Thematic lines

Research developed within CRIA’s research groups is complemented by the activities of three thematic lines and two working groups. Although specific in their core subjects, these lines and groups crosscut the research groups’ activity, bringing together their researchers. The work carried out by the thematic lines and working groups has significantly contributed to CRIA’s engagement with civil society and other academic institutions, reinforcing CRIA’s scientific capability, favouring multi-disciplinary dialogues, and promoting a dynamic and innovative approach to anthropology.

Anthropology of Health

The thematic line Anthropology of Health develops anthropological studies on health, illness, body and suffering, cure and care, focusing particularly on social transformations and their connection to health policies, the economic crisis, the increase in poverty and the emergence of new vulnerabilities in current contemporary contexts.

NAVA – Visual Anthropology and Arts Laboratory

The thematic line NAVA – Visual Anthropology and Arts Laboratory gathers researchers who work in the fields of anthropology of art, anthropology of performance and visual cultures, articulating academic interests with film and artistic production, namely ethnographic.

AZIMUT – Studies in Arab and Islamic Contexts

The thematic line AZIMUT – Studies in Arab and Islamic Contexts focuses on different Islamic contexts as ethnographic fields, and fosters debates on dominant categories and on its associated risks of essencialization.

Informal Resources, State and Social Capital

The working group Informal Resources, State and Social Capital aims to study the specific features, present logics, and workings of informal social networks in Portugal, as they continually constitute themselves in dialects with the State, the market, and their institutions.

Anthropology of Religion

The working group Anthropology of Religion (NAR) focuses on anthropological research on religion in Portugal and around the world. It collaborates with other research groups and network in Portugal and the world to foster national and international exchange and scientific production on topics such as beliefs, spirituality, post-secularisation, the sacred, and its articulation with broader issues like governance of migrations.

CESA - South Asia Study Circle

South Asia Study Circle (CESA) draws on the strengths of researchers who focus on varied locations within the subcontinent and have diverse research interests. Central to the aims of the study circle is the correction of the tendency within the field where the study of India replaces the study of this vast geographical space of great diversity. CESA aims at organising periodic events and discussion forums around the complex variety of themes within the scope of South Asian Studies, addressing critical issues and approaches of global significance. By encouraging knowledge sharing and promoting teamwork, CESA intends to develop research projects that bring together researchers from different areas around a theme as comprehensive and transdisciplinary as South Asian Studies.