Luis Claudio Pereira Symanski

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Departamento de Antropologia e Arqueologia/Professor-associado
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais



                                               

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I have published 38 papers in Journals from Brazil, the United States, and Argentina; 11 book chapters in volumes organized in the same countries; I have organized two books on the archaeology of African Diaspora and one authorial book on household archaeology in Brazil. I have taught as full-time professor at The Federal University of Parana and The Federal University o Minas Gerais, in Brazil, and as Distinguished Visiting Professor at The Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies at the University of Illinois in Urban-Champaign. I am co-editor of the Springer´s Series Contributions to Global Historical Archaeology since January 2021.

EDUCATION

College degree - Archaeology - University Estacio de Sa. Year: 1993
Master degree - History - Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul. Year: 1997
PhD - Anthropology/Archaeology - University of Florida. Year: 2006

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Archaeology of African Diaspora in Brazil; Archaeology of Capitalism; Household Archaeology; Archaeological Theory

FUTURE PROJECTS

Quilombos e a constituição de sociedades neotéricas no Mundo Atlântico - Maroon settlements and the constitution of neoteric societies in the Atlantic World

Research on colonial maroon settlements in Brazil and in other sectors from the Atlantic world, ir order to address the processes of building new identities in contexts of resistance to the colonialism.


Applications Invited
8

Scopus Publications

813

Scholar Citations

17

Scholar h-index

28

Scholar i10-index

Scopus Publications

  • Wheat Pattern Wares, Fascism, and the Building of an Italian Identity in Southern Brazil
    Luís Cláudio Pereira Symanski and Rafael de Abreu e Souza

    International Journal of Historical Archaeology, ISSN: 10927697, eISSN: 15737748, Pages: 975-997, Published: December 2021 Springer Science and Business Media LLC

  • Iron cosmology, slavery, and social control: The materiality of rebellion in the coffee plantations of the Paraíba Valley, Southeastern Brazil
    Luís Cláudio P. Symanski and Flávio dos Santos Gomes

    Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage, ISSN: 21619441, eISSN: 21619468, Pages: 174-197, Published: 2016 Informa UK Limited
    Archaeological research carried out in the slave quarters of two coffee plantations in the Paraíba Valley, Southeastern Brazil, revealed a material scarcity that is highly contrastive with the material abundance found on slave quarters in sugar plantation regions. In this article, we first discuss the reasons for these differences, arguing that they are related to a tight control over the enslaved foodways. Although this control could have suppressed an important feature of the African cultural practices, we argue that these groups adopted other material resources that expressed values widely shared among the Central African societies from which most of them came. These items very likely recalled a general Central African cosmology regarding the role of iron and beliefs in supernatural powers associated with blacksmiths. In the final section, we discuss the crucial role that these belief systems played in the slave rebellions that arose in this region.

  • Introduction: Archaeology of African diaspora contexts in Brazil
    Luís Cláudio P. Symanski

    Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage, ISSN: 21619441, eISSN: 21619468, Pages: 63-70, Published: 2016 Informa UK Limited
    Archaeological studies of African diasporic contexts in Brazil have expanded significantly in the last 15 years. While earlier studies in the 1980s and 1990s focused on maroon settlements, a wider diversity of contexts have been studied in the last 15 years. This broad spectrum of subjects includes plantations’ slave quarters, urban spaces, cemeteries, religious houses, and contemporary maroon settlements. This introduction presents an overview of these recent developments and of earlier studies to better locate the contributions of the articles in this thematic collection within this expanding field of research.

  • Material culture, Mestizage, and social segmentation in Santarem, Northern Brazil
    Luís Cláudio Pereira Symanski and Denise Maria Cavalcante Gomes

    Archaeology of Culture Contact and Colonialism in Spanish and Portuguese America, Pages: 199-217, Published: 1 January 2015 Springer International Publishing
    This chapter discusses the processes of cultural exchange between Portuguese, Portuguese–Brazilian, Amerindians, and mestizos based on the analysis of the material culture from households of Santarem (PA), in the north of Brazil. These groups manipulated material culture aiming to express distinct sets of values, related to hierarchy, social segmentation, and affirmation of identities, but an important feature of these household assemblages is ambiguity, expressed in the co-occurrence of local and imported items. This material ambiguity informs about the mixtures of both practices and cultural references that brought about the building of a mestizo society in northern Brazil.

  • The archeology of slavery on Jesuit Fazendas: First research notes
    Luís Cláudio P. Symanski and Flávio Gomes

    Historia, Ciencias, Saude - Manguinhos, ISSN: 01045970, Issue: SUPPL.1, Pages: 309-317, Published: December 2012 FapUNIFESP (SciELO)
    Nesta nota de pesquisa apresentamos questões teóricas e metodológicas sobre uma investigação em arqueologia histórica iniciada recentemente, que visa analisar o cotidiano da escravidão, regimes demográficos, práticas culturais etc. Um levantamento de sítios arqueológicos em antigas senzalas e fazendas escravistas do Vale do Paraíba e norte fluminense está sendo realizado. Com a cooperação de historiadores, arqueólogos e antropólogos, registros da cultura material de populações escravas de origem indígena e depois africana estão sendo localizados nas escavações iniciadas na fazenda jesuítica do Colégio em Campos dos Goytacazes (RJ), administrada por religiosos e depois leigos nos séculos XVII, XVIII e XIX.

  • The place of strategy and the spaces of tactics: Structures, artifacts, and power relations on sugar plantations of West Brazil
    Luís Cláudio P. Symanski

    Historical Archaeology, ISSN: 04409213, Pages: 124-148, Published: September 2012 Springer Science and Business Media LLC
    Archaeological research on two sugar plantations of the Chapada dos Guimarães region of West Brazil, the engenhos (sugar mills) of Rio da Casca and Água Fria, has provided an opportunity to study the organization and use of these spaces by planters, free laborers, and slaves. Planters organized the plantations according to a rigidly hierarchical model in which the planter’s house was the central location. They distributed European-produced goods among free laborers and slaves, aiming to reaffirm this hierarchical order. Though the slaves, in turn, had to live within this hierarchical system, they were also able to take advantage of opportunities to subvert this space, using it according to their own practices and traditions. In this sense, they invested the locally produced low-fired earthenware with sign-values and symbols related to their African backgrounds. Thus, two sets of discourses were fitted into the same landscape, composing a dialectic that characterized the multicultural space of the plantations.

  • Pottery, slaves identities, and creolization in the sugar plantations of Chapada dos Guimarães (MT)
    Luís Cláudio Symanski

    Historia Unisinos, ISSN: 15193861, Pages: 294-310, Published: September 2010 UNISINOS - Universidade do Vale do Rio Dos Sinos

  • Slave communities and pottery variability in Western Brazil: The plantations of chapada dos guimarães
    Marcos André Torres de Souza and Luís Cláudio Pereira Symanski

    International Journal of Historical Archaeology, ISSN: 10927697, eISSN: 15737748, Pages: 513-548, Published: December 2009 Springer Science and Business Media LLC
    In the region of Chapada dos Guimarães, Western Brazil, planters relied heavily on slave labor during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In this article, we examine the locally produced pottery found on slaves contexts in five rural sites of this region. Based in data from probate inventories and the pottery decorative variability we suggest that slaves used decorated pottery to express cultural and social differences.

RECENT SCHOLAR PUBLICATIONS

  • Fogueiras Afro-Diaspricas no Sudeste e Centro-Oeste do Brasil: cotidiano, ancestralidade e ritual
    LE Gomes, L Symanski
    Vestgios - Revista Latino-Americana de Arqueologia Histrica 16 (1), 122-149 2022

  • Wheat Pattern Wares, Fascism, and the Building of an Italian Identity in Southern Brazil
    LCP Symanski, R de Abreu e Souza
    International Journal of Historical Archaeology 25 (4), 975-997 2021

  • Comentario general. Sobre la exhumacin de historias afro-diaspricas
    LCP Symanski
    Revista de Arqueologa Histrica Argentina y Latinoamericana 2 (14), 119-125 2020

  • Identidades y prcticas alimentarias en la comunidad esclavizada del Colegio de los Jesuitas de Campos dos Goytacazes (Rio de Janeiro)
    GP de Morais Jnior, LCP Symanski
    Revista de Arqueologa Histrica Argentina y Latinoamericana 1 (13), 33-56 2019

  • Arqueologias da escravido e liberdade: senzalas, cultura material e ps-emancipaco na Fazenda do Colgio, Campos dos Goytacazes, sculos XVIII a XX
    LCP Symanski, F dos Santos Gomes
    Brazil Publishing 2019

  • Arqueologia e histria da cultura material na frica e na dispora africana
    VS Santos, LCP Symanski, AFC Holl
    Brazil Publishing 2019

  • Cultura material/arqueologia da escravido
    L Symanski
    Dicionrio da Escravido e Liberdade 1, 176-184 2018

  • Senzalas, crioulizao e cultura material: uma proposta de arqueologia histrica em fazendas escravistas
    F Gomes, L Symanski
    Emancipao, incluso e excluso: desafios do passado e do presente 1, 215-236 2018

  • Archaeological Theory: between practice, representation and politics
    LCP Symanski
    Revista Habitus-Revista do Instituto Goiano de Pr-Histria e Antropologia 2017

  • Introduction: Archaeology of African diaspora contexts in Brazil
    LCP Symanski
    Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage 5 (2), 63-70 2016

  • Iron cosmology, slavery, and social control: the materiality of rebellion in the coffee plantations of the Paraba Valley, southeastern Brazil
    LCP Symanski, FS Gomes
    Journal of African diaspora Archaeology and heritage 5 (2), 174-197 2016

  • Alimentao, socializao e reproduo cultural na comunidade escravizada do Colgio dos Jesutas de Campos dos Goytacazes
    L Symanski, G Morais Junior
    Comida, Cultura e sociedade. Arqueologia da alimentao no Mundo Moderno 1 2016

  • Atividades cotidianas, deposio de refugo e ao do arado: processos de formao do registro arqueolgico no espao de uma senzala de Campos dos Goytacazes (RJ)
    IC Suguimatsu, LCP Symanski
    Revista Clio Arqueolgica, Recife: UFPE 30 (1), 38-78 2015

  • Material culture, mestizage, and social segmentation in Santarm, Northern Brazil
    LCP Symanski, DMC Gomes
    Archaeology of culture contact and colonialism in Spanish and Portuguese 2015

  • Prticas de descarte de refugo em uma plantation escravista: o caso da fazenda do Colgio dos Jesutas de Campos dos Goytacazes
    LCP Symanski, F Gomes, I Suguimatsu
    Revista de Arqueologia 28 (1), 93-122 2015

  • Arqueologia–antropologia ou histria? Origens e tendncias de um debate epistemolgico
    LCP Symanski
    Tessituras: Revista de Antropologia e Arqueologia 2 (1), 10 2014

  • A arqueologia da dispora africana nos Estados Unidos e no Brasil: problemticas e modelos
    LCP Symanski
    Afro-sia, 159-198 2014

  • Brazil: Historical Archaeology
    L Symanski, A Zarankin
    Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology 1, 998-1005 2014

  • Engenho Bom Jardim: cultura material e dinmica identitria de uma comunidade escravizada do Mato Grosso
    LCP Symanski, S Hirooka
    Vestgios-Revista Latino-Americana de Arqueologia Histrica 7 (1), 23-72 2013

  • Da cultura material da escravido e do ps-emancipao: perspectivas comparadas em arqueologia e histria
    LCP Symanski, F Gomes
    Revista de Histria Comparada 7 (1), 293-338 2013

MOST CITED SCHOLAR PUBLICATIONS

  • Espao privado e vida material em Porto Alegre no sculo XIX
    LCP Symanski
    Edipucrs 1998
    Citations: 110

  • A faiana fina em Porto Alegre: vestgios arqueolgicos de uma cidade
    FB TOCCHETTO, LCP SYMANSKI, SR OZRIO, ATD OLIVEIRA, ...
    Porto Alegre: Secretria municipal de cultura 2001
    Citations: 51

  • Arqueologia Histrica no Brasil: uma reviso dos ltimos vinte anos
    LCP Symanski
    Cenrios Regionais de uma arqueologia plural, 01-29 2009
    Citations: 46

  • Slave communities and pottery variability in Western Brazil: the plantations of Chapada dos Guimares
    MAT De Souza, LCP Symanski
    International Journal of Historical Archaeology 13 (4), 513-548 2009
    Citations: 44

  • O domnio da ttica: prticas religiosas de origem africana nos engenhos de Chapada dos Guimares (MT)
    LCP Symanski
    Vestgios-Revista Latino-Americana de Arqueologia Histrica 1 (2), 09-36 2007
    Citations: 42

  • O registro arqueolgico dos grupos escravos: questes de visibilidade e preservao
    LCP SYMANSKI, MAT SOUZA
    Revista do Patrimnio Histrico e Artstico Nacional 33, 215-243 2007
    Citations: 40

  • Cermicas, identidades escravas e crioulizao nos engenhos de Chapada dos Guimares (MT)
    LCP Symanski
    Histria Unisinos 14 (3), 294-310 2010
    Citations: 32

  • Louas e auto-expresso em regies centrais, adjacentes e perifricas do Brasil
    LCP Symanski
    Arqueologia da Sociedade Moderna na Amrica do Sul: Cultura Material 2002
    Citations: 32

  • Slaves and planters in Western Brazil: material culture, identity and power
    LCP Symanski
    University of Florida 2006
    Citations: 30

  • Mundos mesclados, espaos segregados: cultura material, mestiagem e segmentao no stio Aldeia em Santarm (PA)
    LCP Symanski, DMC Gomes
    Anais do Museu Paulista: Histria e Cultura Material 20 (2), 053-090 2012
    Citations: 26

  • A arqueologia da dispora africana nos Estados Unidos e no Brasil: problemticas e modelos
    LCP Symanski
    Afro-sia, 159-198 2014
    Citations: 25

  • Artefatos reciclados em stios arqueolgicos de Porto Alegre
    LCP Symanski, SR Osrio
    Revista de Arqueologia 9 (1), 43-54 1996
    Citations: 22

  • Da cultura material da escravido e do ps-emancipao: perspectivas comparadas em arqueologia e histria
    LCP Symanski, F Gomes
    Revista de Histria Comparada 7 (1), 293-338 2013
    Citations: 21

  • Arqueologia–antropologia ou histria? Origens e tendncias de um debate epistemolgico
    LCP Symanski
    Tessituras: Revista de Antropologia e Arqueologia 2 (1), 10 2014
    Citations: 19

  • The place of strategy and the spaces of tactics: Structures, artifacts, and power relations on sugar plantations of west Brazil
    LCP Symanski
    Historical Archaeology 46 (3), 124-148 2012
    Citations: 17

  • Prticas econmicas e sociais no serto cearense no sculo XIX: um olhar sobre a cultura material de grupos domsticos sertanejos
    LCP Symanski
    Revista de arqueologia 21 (2), 73-96 2008
    Citations: 17

  • Grupos domsticos e comportamento de consumo em Porto Alegre no sculo XIX: o Solar Lopo Gonalves
    LCP Symanski
    Porto Alegre: Pontifcia Universidade Catlica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto 1997
    Citations: 17

  • Arqueologia da escravido em fazendas jesuticas: primeiras notcias da pesquisa
    LCP Symanski, F Gomes
    Histria, Cincias, Sade-Manguinhos 19, 309-317 2012
    Citations: 16

  • Encontros Culturais e etnognese: o caso das comunidades afro-brasileiras do vale do Guapor
    LCP Symanski, P Zanettini
    Vestgios-Revista Latino-Americana de Arqueologia Histrica 4 (2), 90-123 2010
    Citations: 16

  • A arqueologia histrica: relaes sociais e construo de identidades na regio do rio Manso, sculos XVIII e XIX
    LC SYMANSKI, MA Souza
    Histria e antropologia no vale do rio Manso. Goinia: EdUCG, 241-264 2006
    Citations: 14