Nélia Susana Dias

Invited Researcher of DEA Programme
Stay in France: from October 26 to December 12, 2017

With a background in anthropology (MA at Paris V University) and history (PhD at EHESS), Nélia Dias is Professor of Anthropology at the Instituto Universitario de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) and researcher at CRIA. She was Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities (Tulane University), visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Sciences (Berlin) and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (University of British Columbia) and will be, from February 2018, Visiting Fellow at the Center for French History and Culture (University of St. Andrews).

The Project

Ethnography, Art, and Archaeology in early 19th century French Museums


History of anthropology; ethnographic museums; colonial legacies; history and epistemology of the human sciences; cultural history

Scientific activities during her stay in France

Selected Publications

  • Le Musée d’Ethnographie du Trocadéro (1878-1908). Anthropologie et Muséologie en France, Paris, Éditions du C.N.R.S., 1991.
  • La Mesure des sens. Les anthropologues et le corps humain au XIXe siècle, Paris, Aubier, 2004.
  • coédité avec F. Vidal, Endangerment, Biodiversity and Culture, London and New York, Routledge, 2016.   
  • coédité avec T. Bennett and all., Collecting, Ordering, Governing. Anthropology, Museums and Liberal Government, Durham, Duke University Press, 2017.