Dr Raphael Uchoa

Adrian Research Fellow, Darwin College
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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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Darwin College, Silver Street, Cambridge CB3 9EU

Email
ru224@cam.ac.uk
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Key Publications

Articles: main research papers (peer-reviewed)

  • Contextualizing the ‘American Man’ in an Atlantic scene: the case of Carl von Martius and his German and Iberian sources. Lychnos: An annual for history of ideas and science, (2019): 91-109.
  • Ephraim Chambers and the disciplinary emergence of a ‘science of man’ in the 18th century. Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science, 17 (2016): 80-93.
  • The ‘Essential Antithesis’: T.H. Huxley and humankind’s place in nature. (with S. Waisse) Brazilian Journal for the History of Science, 8 (2015): 51-64.

Book Review

  • Britt Rusert. Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture (NYU Press, 2017) in H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences (2018).
  • Banks-Leite and Galvão, orgs., O garoto selvagem e o dr. Jean Itard (Editora Mercado de Letras, 2017) in Bakhtiniana, Revista de Estudos do Discurso vol.13 n.3 (2018).

Book Chapters

  • (In prep) Imperial melancholy and the subversion of ruins in the Amazon. In New Earth Histories, University of Chicago Press, Alison Bashford, Adam Bobbette and Emily M. Kern, eds.
  • (Eu) genética: entre fissuras e continuidades. (with L. Thomaz; R. Cruz and S. Waisse) In História da Ciência: Tópicos Atuais 4, Maria Helena R. Beltran; Fumikazu Saito; Laís dos Santos P. Trindade. (Eds.). São Paulo: Livraria da Física, 2016.
  • Eugenia: ciência de uma época. (with L. Thomaz; R. Cruz and S. Waisse) In História da Ciência: Tópicos Atuais 3, Maria Helena R. Beltran; Fumikazu Saito; Laís dos Santos P. Trindade. (Eds.). São Paulo: Livraria da Física, 2015.