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Mariana De Campos Francozo

Associate Professor

Dr. M. De Campos Francozo
+31 71 527 2437

Dr. Mariana Françozo is Associate Professor of Museum Studies at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University. Her research stands at the intersection of anthropology and history and focuses on the collection and circulation of indigenous objects and knowledge from South America and the Caribbean to Europe. Her book  De Olinda a Holanda: o gabinete de curiosidades de Nassau (Ed. Unicamp, 2014) is a historical reconstruction and anthropological analysis of Count Johan Maurits van Nassau's seventeenth-century collection of curiosities, collected during his tenure as governor-general of Dutch Brazil.

Dr. Françozo currently serves as Head of the Department of Archaeological Heritage and Society.

Curriculum vitae

Dr. Françozo studied Social Anthropology at Unicamp (Brazil). Prior to her appointment at Leiden University, she was a post-doctoral teaching fellow at the Department of Anthropology at Unicamp (Brazil). She has also been a research fellow at Cedla (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands); Moesgaard Museum (Aarhus University, Denmark); Gotha Forschungszentrum (Erfurt University, Germany); and the National Museum of Ethnology (Leiden, The Netherlands). Dr. Françozo was a post-doctoral researcher within the ERC-Synergy Project NEXUS1492. Together with André Delpuech (Musée du quai Branly, Paris), she developed a comprehensive inventory of Caribbean archaeological collections in public European museums. 

Her research has been supported by grants awarded by the European Research Council, John Carter Brown Library at Brown University (Providence, RI), Leiden Global Interactions Research Profile, CEDLA- Slicher van Bath-de Jong Funds, IBERMUSEUS, Coimbra Group, FAPESP, CNPq, and Capes funding agencies.

ERC Starting Grant: Historia Naturalis Brasiliae

Currently, Dr. Françozo is PI of the ERC Starting Grant BRASILIAE. Indigenous Knowledge in the Making of Science: Historia Naturalis Brasiliae (1648). The projects runs from 2018 to 2022.

BRASILIAE takes the book Historia Naturalis Brasiliae  published in 1648 by Piso and Marcgraf, as its central focus. The HNB is one of the most comprehensive products of the encounter between early modern European scholarship and Brazilian indigenous knowledge. In an encyclopaedic format, it brings together information about the natural world, linguistics, and geography of Brazil as understood and experienced by indigenous Tupi peoples, enslaved Africans, Luso-Brazilians, and the Dutch colonisers. Its method of construction embodies the intercultural connections that shaped practices of knowledge production in colonial settings across the globe, and is the earliest example of such in Brazil. The BRASLIAE project investigates how indigenous knowledge was collected, registered, understood, and transformed into European science by focusing on ethnobotanics, ethnozoology, and indigenous material culture.

For more information about Mariana's ERC project, read her interview by EURAXESS.

Associate Professor

  • Faculteit Archeologie
  • Archaeological Heritage
  • Heritage of Indigenous Peoples

Work address

Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number B212



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