Dr Raphael Uchôa
Raphael Uchôa is the Adrian Research Fellow at Darwin College, University of Cambridge. Between 2018 and 2019, he was a Postdoctoral Rausing Fellow at the Department for the History of Science and Ideas at Uppsala University and held a research position in the Amazon basin at the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi.
Uchôa’s work historicizes the geopolitical and epistemological transit of botanical and ethnographical materials from the Amazon basin to Europe between the nineteenth and twenty centuries. His current research examines the colonial encounters between British naturalists and Amerindian populations of the Amazonian Basin, examining broader issues such as relations between western and Amazonian regimes of knowledge, indigenous cosmological constructions, colonialism, as well as the links between natural history, race, anthropology and the 'ethno'-sciences.
Since 2016, he has 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.
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Darwin College, Silver Street, Cambridge CB3 9EU