M. Dores Cruz

I am an anthropologist, but also trained as a professional archaeologist. My research is cross-disciplinary, intersecting with historical anthropology, African Studies and landscape studies. My research deals particularly with issues of colonialism, material culture, landscapes, construction of memory and multi-temporalities.

I have conducted or participated in a broad number of projects: my ethnoarchaeological research in Ghana addressed issues of gender and political economy through craft production and consumption in the Banda Area; I have also participated in projects in South Africa, Tanzania, and in Portugal. My current project examines colonialism, materiality, landscapes and the construction of memory in Mozambique and in Portugal.

Recent publications:

Accepted, Walking the socialist city: epistemology and ideology of commemorative street names in Maputo. In Konstantinos Katsakioris (ed.), After Socialism: Forgotten Legacies, Possible Futures in Africa and Beyond.

Submitted and accepted, Fractured landscape and the politics of place: remembrance and memory in Nwadajahane (Southern Mozambique) [Museum Anthropology]              

Submitted and waiting decision, Hegemonic culture in Mozambique: the case of the Museum of Revolution, Maputo . [Current Anthropology]

2014      The nature of culture: sites, ancestors and trees in the archaeology of Southern Mozambique. In The Archaeology of the Colonized and its Contributions to Global Archaeological Theory. Neil Ferris and Rodney Harrison (eds). Oxford Press: 123-149.              

2014      Gendered Taskscapes: Food, Farming, and Craft Production in Banda, Ghana in the 18th-21st centuries (W/ Amanda Logan, Michigan Univ.). In Comparing Craft and Culinary Practice,” a special issue of African Archaeological Review, 31:203-231