Dr. Mariana Francozo

Position:
  • Assistant Professor Museumstudies
Expertise:
  • Anthropology of Material Culture
  • Historical Anthropology
  • Museum studies
  • History of Colonial Brazil
  • History of Collections and Collecting


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2437
E-Mail: m.francozo@arch.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Archeologie, World Heritage
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number B212
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2437
E-Mail: m.francozo@arch.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Archeologie, World Heritage
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number B212


Mariana Françozo (Campinas, Brazil, 1979) is assistant professor of Museum Studies at Leiden University and coordinator of the MA in Museum Studies programme.

Dr. Françozo studied Social Anthropology at Unicamp (Brazil). Her PhD dissertation (2009), titled "From Olinda to Olanda: Johan Maurits van Nassau and the circulation of objects and knowledge in the Dutch Atlantic (Seventeenth century)", is a historical reconstruction and anthropological analysis of Count Johan Maurits van Nassau's collection of curiosities. It will be published as a book by Editora da Unicamp (Brasil) in 2014 with generous support from Fapesp/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).

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 and ethnographic 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. Françozo is also 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).

Her main research and teaching interests are the history and anthropology of collecting; museum studies; historical anthropology; and South American colonial history.

Last Modified: 28-10-2013