Mariana Françozo is assistant professor of Museum Studies at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University.
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).
Her work focuses on the history and anthropology of collecting, with a particular emphasis on ethnographic collections and on the early modern period. 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 collection of curiosities. Dr. Françozo is finalizing a research project on early modern ethnography and the representation of indigenous peoples in global perspective. It focused specifically on a seventeenth-century album of drawings, presently housed at the British Library, that contains colorful depictions of peoples from foreign lands. For this project, Dr. Françozo was awarded a Cedla Slicher van Bath-de Jong Fonds fellowship(2012).
Currently, Dr. Françozo is a post-doctoral researcher within the ERC-Synergy Project NEXUS1492, where she focuses on collections of Caribbean artifacts in European museums. By looking into the historical processes of collecting and the (physical and discursive) formation of Caribbean archaeological collections, she analyzes the shifting meanings and values ascribed to collected material at different historical and social contexts. This research will help to identify present-day European museological practices in their potential to establishing relationships to Caribbean communities.
Dr. Francozo received an ERC starting grant in spring 2017 for her BRASILIAE project. Read more.