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PhD defence

Descolonizando Tiempo, Espacio y Conocimiento

  • M. Marques Miranda
Wednesday 20 September 2023
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden


  • Prof.dr. M.E.R.G.N. Jansen
  • dr. L. Osorio Sunnucks (Linden Museum)


This thesis is focused on three aspects: 1) the development of a decolonial theoretical framework and collaborative research methodology with the Kamëntšá people, and the consequent reconstruction, revitalization and dignification of Kamëntšá knowledge and notions of time and space; 2) the history and colonization processes of the Kamëntšá people and ancestral lands, with a specific emphasis on the work of the Capuchin missionaries; 3) the concept of “cultural heritage” and the role of academic disciplines, government institutions and cultural policies in the perpetuation of colonialism through the appropriation, interpretation, control and resignification of the objects, monuments and cultures of Indigenous peoples.

PhD dissertations

Approximately one week after the defence, PhD dissertations by Leiden PhD students are available digitally through the Leiden Repository, that offers free access to these PhD dissertations. Please note that in some cases a dissertation may be under embargo temporarily and access to its full-text version will only be granted later.

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