Dr Raphael Uchoa
Adrian Research Fellow at Darwin College, University of Cambridge. I am a historian, particularly interested in the long nineteenth-century relationship between natural history, anthropology, and ethno-sciences and my research engage broadly with the interface between the notions of nature and culture, science and race. My PhD thesis (2018) addressed the concepts of ‘American race,’ 'ruin' and ‘savage knowledge’ in the works of the Bavarian natural historian Carl F. P. von Martius (1794-1868). It also looked at the place of Amazonian shamanic practices in Martius' science. Between 2018 and 2019 I was a Postdoctoral Hans Rausing Fellow at the Office for History of Science at Uppsala University. In 2019, I held a research position at the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, in Belém, in the Amazon region.
Since 2016, I have collaborated with the project “De-centered science: Transits of mining chemistry, medicine and natural history in Europe and Latin America” carried between Centre Simão Mathias Studies for the History of Science (CESIMA) in Brazil, the Department for the History of Science and Ideas at Uppsala and the Hagströmer Medico-Historical Library in Stockholm. Since 2018, I am an associate member of Centre for Global Knowledge Studies (gloknos) at the University of Cambridge.
My current research historicizes the geopolitical and epistemological transit of botanical materials in the long nineteenth-century, from the Amazon basin to the UK. The research address broader issues such as relations between western and Amazonian regimes of knowledge, indigenous cosmological constructions, colonialism and transit of knowledge.
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