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Boe: body and time Temporality in Bororo perspective

Grant number: 23/13408-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2024
Effective date (End): June 30, 2024
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Indigenous Ethnology
Principal Investigator:Sylvia Caiuby Novaes
Grantee:Pedro Almeida Meniconi
Supervisor: Philippe Erikson
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (Paris 10), France  
Associated to the scholarship:22/02218-2 - Boe: body and time Temporality in Bororo perspective, BP.MS


This master's research project aims to investigate notions of time and temporality from the Bororo point of view - an indigenous central Brazilian society, classified as Macro-Jê. Recognizing the importance of social organization, kinship and ritual among the Jê, our proposal is to analyze how temporality relates itself with the production of body, people and space. After all, what is the succession of activities that produce identity and humanity through body and space for the Bororo? How does it impact in Bororo's kinship? And how is it related to Bororo's social structure? To answer these questions, this research will work in three axes: (i) Identify the practices that produce Bororo identity, by the analysis of the Bororo concept of maragodu (work); (ii) Work on the production of temporal maps, that are able to illustrate mutations imposed to bodies and space, and represent Bororo concepts of succession, permanence and duration; (iii) apprehend what the Bororo understand by time. The Bororo person is manufactured from a series of cosmologically oriented devices, which constitute the uniqueness of their identity as a boe (Bororo self-denomination). These practices of sociophysiologic normalization that constitute the boe, takes place as the person becomes a relative, concluding the humanization process that fabricate a boe. What does the successive metamorphoses suffered by bodies and by the space while the boe is being constituted can teach us about their identity? We will seek to answer this question through the Bororo point of view, by learning and interpretating their ecology and corporal practices. (AU)

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