Manuel João Ramos
Home page: http://iscte.pt/~mjsr/
Manuel João Ramos (doctoral studies at the École des Hautes Études en
Sciences Sociales, Paris; PhD Hons Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e
Empresa, Lisbon) is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the ISCTE, Lisbon,
director of the African Studies Centre-ISCTE, and the Portuguese representative
of the Hakluyt Society.
He publishes illustrated travel accounts on African and European countries:
Traços de Viagem (Lisbon, 2009); and on Ethiopian oral stories: Histórias Etíopes
(Lisbon, 2000, reprint 2010; English version: Ethiopian Stories, Oxford, 2010).
His anthropological publications are mainly on Christian symbolism, visual
anthropology and Christian Ethiopian art, including his books Essays in Christian
Mythology (originally published in Portuguese as Ensaios de Mitologia Cristã,
Lisbon, 1997) on the legendary Prester John, and, as co-editor, The indigenous
and the Foreign in Christian Ethiopian Art (Aldershot, 2004), and Ethiopian
Narrative Painting – Pintura Narrativa Etiope (Lisbon, 2000, Seville 2004).
His other interests include the study of social and cultural aspects of risk and
trauma: Estrada Viva – Aspectos da Motorização da Sociedade Portuguesa (co-
editor, Lisbon, 2003), and heritage studies: Matéria do Património: Memórias e
identidades (Lisbon, 2003); Memória e Artifício (Lisbon, 2009).
Interests: Travel writing, illustrated books, ethnographical accounts
Published writer: Yes