Project Title:

Antropolands – Engineering the Anthropocene: The role of colonial Science, Technology and Medicine on changing of the African landscape


01/04/2016 – 31/03/2019

Principal Investigator

Maria Paula Diogo


The Anthropolands project aims to contribute to the international debate on the theme of the Anthropocene by resorting to data kept in Portuguese archives and analysing it from a Science, Technology and Medicine (STM) perspective.
The African Portuguese empire will be used (i) as a case-study of the construction of a Neo Portugal (following the Crosby’s 1993 terminology Neo-Europes) through the technoscientific intervention as a ‘domestication’ instrument of colonial territories, and (ii) an opportunity to use the changes in African landscapes as a laboratory of reflection about the concept of Anthropocene.