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Carolina Valente Cardoso

I am a post-doctoral researcher at the School of Global Studies of the University of Gothenburg and CARMAH.

I was awarded an International Postdoc grant from the Swedish Research Council to study the decolonial potentialities of parallel/handling collections in ethnographic museums. Investigating different museums of Ethnograhy/World Culture(s) in Europe, I want to understand, first, how are objects construed in parallel collections, and what classification schemes govern their existence and management. Conceptually, I study what conceptions and practices of care are associated with this type of collections, and what is the relationship between such practices of care and the creation of value.
The overarching aim of my research is to elaborate on how parallel collections can offer a new angle to current heated debates on ethnographic museums and explore ways in which they can contribute to more sustainable, just, and inclusive engagements with the public.

I wrote my PhD dissertation on North-South migration, focusing the case of contemporary Portuguese migrants in Angola. Before starting this postdoctoral project, I took part in research about local responses to the climate crisis, also in Angola.
A curiosity about what the present does to the past, and the past does to the present, particularly in postcolonial settings, connects the different themes of my work.