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Professor Matthias Rohrig Assuncao

Professor
Department of History
Professor Matthias Rohrig Assuncao
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  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872308

  • Location

    5NW.8.9, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    On research leave 2018-2019

Profile

Biography

From 1985 to 1992 I taught History at the Latin American Institute of the FU Berlin, before coming to Essex in 1993. I have been a visiting lecturer at various Brazilian universities (UFMA, USP, UFRJ & UFF). Since 2007 I am an associate researcher of the Laboratory of Oral History and Image (LABHOI) and the Research Centre for Cultural History(NUPEHC), both located at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro state in Niteroi (UFF). I serve on the editorial boards of the journals Bulletin of Latin American Research (since 2001) and Iberoamericana (since 2004). Following my work on the history of capoeira I’m trying to understand the development of combat games in the Black Atlantic and how it relates to the construction of masculinity in popular culture.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Dr phil) Free University of Berlin (1990)

  • MA Paris VII Diderot University (1979)

  • MA Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle (1979)

  • BA (Licence) Paris VII Diderot University (1977)

  • BA (Licence) Paris VIII Vincennes (1979)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

History of slavery and post-emancipation societies

Agrarian and peasant history

Political history of Nineteenth and twentieth century Brazil

Latin American popular culture

Capoeira - combat games and martial arts in the Black Atlantic

Teaching and supervision

  • The Making of Modern Brazil (HR220)

  • Slavery and Plantation Societies in Latin America (HR374)

  • The Afro-American Heritage: Post-Emancipation Societies in Latin America (HR915)

  • The Public History Workshop (HR921)

Publications

Assunção, MR., (2014). Ringue ou academia? A emergência dos estilos modernos da capoeira e seu contexto global. História, Ciências, Saúde-Manguinhos. 21 (1), 135-150

Assuncao, MR., (2010). A memória do tempo de cativeiro no Maranhão’. Dossiê ‘Patrimônio e memória da escravidão atlântica: História e Política. Tempo. Revista do Departamento de História da UFF. 14 (28), 67-110

Assunção, MR., (2010). Memory of the slavery era in Maranhão. Tempo. 15 (29), 67-110

Assuncao, MR. and Vieira, LR., (2008). The Challenges Capoeira Faces Today [Os desafios contemporâneos da capoeira/Los desafíos contemporáneos de la capoeira]. Textos do Brasil. 14, 9-19

Assuncao, MR., (2008). Da “destreza do mestiço” à “ginástica nacional”. Narrativas nacionalistas sobre a capoeira. Antropolítica. Revista Contemporânea de Antro pologia e Ciência Política. Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói. 24 (1), 19-40

Assuncao, MR., (2005). Brazilian Popular Culture or the Curse and Blessings of Cultural Hybridism1. Bulletin of Latin American Research. 24 (2), 157-166

Assuncao, MR., (2001). Maranhão, terra Mandinga. Boletim da Comissão Maranhense de Folclore. 20 (August)

Assuncao, MR., (2001). Resgatando o carnaval de rua: A fuzarca maranhense contra a homogeneização nacional-global. Revista USP. 48 (Dec. 2), 159-178

Assuncao, MR., (2000). Exportação, mercado interno e crises de subsistência numa província brasileira: o caso do Maranhão, 1800-1850. Estudos Sociedade e Agricultura (14)

Assuncao, MR., (1999). Elite Politics and Popular Rebellion in the Construction of Post-Colonial Order: The Case of Maranhão, Brazil, 1820-1841. Journal of Latin American Studies. 31 (1), 1-38

Assuncao, MR., (1999). Juegos de Palo in Lara. Elementos para la hist¢ria social de un arte marcial venezolano. Revista de Indias. LIX (215)

Assuncao, MR., (1999). A formação da cultura popular maranhense. Algumas reflexões preliminares. Boletim da Comissão Maranhense de Folclore (14)

Assunção, MR., (1999). Lara stick fighting. Elements for social history of Venezuelan martial arts. Revista de Indias. 59 (215), 55-89

Assuncao, MR., (1998). Histórias do Balaio. Historiografia, memória oral e as origens da Balaiada. História Oral.Revista da Associação Brasileir a de História Oral. 1 (1), 67-90

Assuncao, MR. and Zeuske, M., (1998). "Race", Ethnicity and Social Structure in 19th Century Brazil and Cuba. Ibero-Amerikanisches Archiv Zeitschrift für Sozialwissenschaft und Geschichte. 24 (3-4), 375-444

Assuncao, MR. and Zeuske, M., (1998). 'Race', Ethnicity and Social Structure in 19th Century Brazil and Cuba. beroamerikanisches Archiv.Zeitschrift für Sozialwissenschaft und Geschicht. 24 (3-4), 375-444

Assuncao, MR., (1995). Popular Culture and Regional Society in Nineteenth-century Maranhão, Brazil. Bulletin of Latin American Research. 14 (3), 265-286

Books (3)

Assunção, MR., (2015). De caboclos a bem-te-vis. Formação do campesinato numa sociedade escravista: Maranhão 1800-1850. Annablume. 978-85-391-0660-8

Assunção, MR., (2008). A Guerra dos Bem-te-vis. A Balaiada na memória oral. UFMA

Assunção, MR., (2005). Capoeira. The History of an Afro-Brazilian Martial Art. Routledge

Book chapters (13)

Assunção, MR., (2015). Angola in Brazil: The Formation of Angoleiro identity in Bahia. In: African Heritage and Memories of Slavery in Brazil and the South Atlantic World. Editors: Araujo, AL., . Cambria Press. 109- 148. 9781604978926

Assuncao, MR., (2014). Capoeira Music. In: Genres: Caribbean and Latin America. Editors: Horn, D., Feldman, H., Courteau, M., Jerez, PN. and Malcolmson, H., . Bloomsbury. 9781441132253

Assuncao, MR., (2013). Capoeira. In: Das Lateinamerika-Lexikon. Editors: Hense, S. and Potthast, B., . Peter Hammer Verlag. 978-3-7795-0474-0

Assuncao, MR., (2013). Ringue ou academia? A emergência dos estilos modernos da capoeira e seu contexto global [Capoeira circle or sports academy? The emergence of modern styles of capoeira and their global context]. In: .): Brasilien in der Welt. Region, Nation und Globalisierung 1870?1945. Editors: Fischer, G., Peters, C., Rinke, S. and Schulze, F., . Campus. 95- 115. 9783593398150

Assuncao, MR., (2012). "Sustentar a Constituição e a Santa Religião Católica, amar à Pátria e o Imperador". Liberalismo popular e o idéario da Balaiada no Maranhão.. In: Revoltas, motins, revoluções: homens livres pobres e libertos no Brasil do século XIX. Editors: Dantas, M., . Alameda. 295- 327. 9788579390944

Assuncao, MR., (2010). Capoeira: The Brazilian Martial Art. In: The Creolization Reader. Editors: Cohen, R. and Toninato, P., . Routledge. 185- 201. 9780415497138

Assuncao, MR. and Mansa, MC., (2009). A danca da zebra [2nd ed.]. In: Raizes Africanas [African Roots]. Editors: Figueiredo, L., . Sabin. 62- 69. 978-85-87070-08-1

Assuncao, MR., (2008). Balaiada e resistência camponesa no Maranhão, 1838-41. In: Forma de resistência camponesa: Visibilidade e diversidade de conflitos ao longo da história. Vol. 1, Concepções de justiça e resistência nos Brasis. Editors: Motta, M. and Zartha, P., . editora UNESP; Brasília DF: Ministério do Desen↲ volivmento Agrário NEAD. 171- 197. 978-85-60548-34-7

Assuncao, MR., (2008). History and Memory in Capoeira Lyrics from Bahia. In: Africa and Trans-Atlantic Memories. Literary and Aesthetic Manifestations of Diaspora and History. Editors: Opoku-Agyemang, N., Lovejoy, PE. and Trotman, DV., . Africa World Press. 179- 199. 1592216331

Assuncao, MR., (2007). History and Memory in Capoeira Lyrics from Bahia, Brazil. In: Cultures of the Lusophone Black Atlantic. Editors: Naro, NP., Sansi-Roca, R. and Treece, DH., . Palgrave Macmillan. 199- 218. 9780230600478

Assuncao, MR., (2006). A resistência escrava nas Américas: algumas considerações comparativas. In: Trabalho livre, trabalho escravo. Brasil e Europa, séculos XVIII e XIX. Editors: Cole Libby, D. and Ferreira Furtado, J., . Annablume. 335- 360

Assuncao, MR., (2000). El Imperio bajo amenaza. La Regência y las revueltas regionales: Brasil, 1831-45. In: Acuarela de Brasil, 500 años después. Seis ensayos sobre la realidad histórica y económica brasileña. Editors: Santos Perez, JM., . Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca. 52- 65

Assuncao, MR., (1999). Capoeira. Zur Geschichte einer afro-brasilianischen Kunstform zwischen Anpassung und Widerstand. In: Aneignung und Selbstbehauptung in der Geschichte der Europäischen Expansion. Editors: Rothermund, D., . R. Oldenbourg. 317- 344

Grants and funding

2017

Contemporary Capoeira in Rio de Janeiro, 1948-1982

Arts and Humanities Research Council

2010

The Angolan Roots of Capoeira

Arts And Humanities Research Council

Contact

assuncao@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872308

Location:

5NW.8.9, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

On research leave 2018-2019