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Dr Maria Paula Prates
Tel: +44(0)2031083756
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  • Research Fellow in Medical Anthropology of the Anthropocene / Anthropocene Health
  • Dept of Anthropology
  • Faculty of S&HS
I have an academic trajectory at the intersection of ethnographic studies among Indigenous Peoples from lowland South America with Medical Anthropology.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil; a Master's degree in Social Anthropology from UFRGS, and a PhD in Social Anthropology also from UFRGS. Half of my PhD was carried out at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Laboratoire d’anthropologie sociale (LAS), in Paris, France.

Since 2003, I have been carrying out several ethnographic studies among the Guarani-Mbyá Indigenous People from lowland South America. With more than 18 years of ethnographic fieldwork experience, I have made theoretical and methodological contributions to the fields of body, personhood, Indigenous conception of health and living well. My first book, based on my PhD thesis, “From instability and Mbyá affects: pacifying relations, taming others” was launched in 2019 by UFCSPA Press. Especially in this work, I aimed to contribute theoretically to understanding the production of difference and otherness within pairs such as man/woman,living/dead, indigenous/non-Indigenous People from the Guarani-Mbyá point of view. For that, I concentrated my studies in the new developments in the theory of predation and the production of the person. Currently I continue to work with the Guarani-Mbyá people, but I have a wide interest focused: (1) on Indigenous women’s health, mainly birthing, childbirth and its medicalisation; (2) on Tuberculosis (TB) and co-related immunodeficiency diseases such as Covid and HIV; (3) on embodied inequalities of the Anthropocene with focus on Indigenous understandings of the end of the world; and (4) on academic discussions related to decoloniality and global health (or an “after” global health) with that of political ecologies of land and body from Indigenous women’s perspective.

Before joining the Department of Anthropology at UCL, I have hold the following posts and fellowship:

2014 - 2022 Permanent Adjunct Professor in Anthropology of Health at Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre (UFCSPA).

2020 - 2022 Research Fellow in Medical Anthropology at City University of London CUoL

2018 - 2020 Newton International Fellowship (Newton Fund and British Academy) at City University of London CUoL

I am currently a Collaborator Professor at the Postgraduate Programme of Social Anthropology at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. There I teach to and supervise Master and PhD students.

Research Summary

Research Coordination

2022 – cur.

The Guarani-Mbyá case study: understanding the socio-cultural and epidemiological factors related to high immunodeficiency prevalence among Indigenous communities in Argentina and Brazil

University College London UCL
(Funded by UCL Collaborative Social Sciences Domain(CSSD), Social Sciences Plus)

2020 – 2022

Indigenous Peoples responding to Covid-19: Social arrangements in a Global Health emergency (PARI-c www.pari-c.org)

City University CUoL
(Funded by MRC/UKRI)

2018 – 2020

Health Policies and Sociocultural Diversity: a Cross-cultural Study of Childbirth Services

City University CUoL

(Funded by Newton Fund and British Academy)

2017 – 2018

From Studies on Guarani Collectives to Amerindian Models and its Inverse: approximations and Disjunctions in the period from 1950 to 2015

Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre (UFCSPA)
(Funded by ComPesq/UFCSPA 041/2017)

2014 – 2018

From Cosmological Tensions to the Reversibility of Meanings: the Biomedical Care Juruá towards Guarani-Mbyá Women and Children

Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre (UFCSPA)
(Funded by The Brazilian National Council forScientific and Technological Development – CNPq)

Associate Researcher

2021 – cur.

Embodied Inequalities of the Anthropocene: Building Capacity in Medical Anthropology

University College London UCL
(Funded by Wellcome Trust)

2022 – cur.

The Covid-19 in Brazil 2: analysis and response to thesocial impacts of the immunisation, treatment, practices and care ambiences,and the affected people recover

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)
(Funded by MCTI/ Brazilian Government)
Teaching Summary

Taught and Convened Modules

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS (Brazil)

Postgraduate courses
2021 – cur. Anthropology of Health and Indigenous Peoples

2022 - cur. Anthropology of the Body

Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre – UFCSPA (Brazil) 

Under and postgraduate courses
2014 – 2022. Anthropology of Health
2014 – 2022. Anthropology of Food
2016 – 2022. Ethnic Racial Relations
2015 – 2018 Social and Cultural Anthropology I and II
2015 – 2018 Ethnographic Readings
2016 – 2017 Feminist Theories in Science
2016 – 2018 Qualitative Research: The Ethnographic Method
2016 – 2018 Governing through bodies: an introduction to Foucault's Thought
2017 – 2018 Qualitative Research: Scientific Methods

2017 – 2018 Anthropology of Health - Taught in French

City University of London (UK)

Under and Postgraduate courses
2018 – 2022 Anthropology of Childbirth (Guest Lecturer)
2020 – 2022 Social Sciences theory for Health Sciences (Guest Lecturer)
2021 – 2022 Global Health Issues: local knowledge in midwifery (Visiting Lecturer)
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