Shana Melnysyn

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Shana MeInysyn

Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology & History

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, African Studies Center, International Institute
  • Fields of Study
    • Portuguese colonialism, Angola, missionaries, slavery, anti-colonial rebellions, 20th century
  • About

    My current research interests have grown out of nearly 13 years of engagement with Portuguese-speaking countries. Study, research, and work have brought me to Brazil, Mozambique, Portugal, Angola, and Cape Verde over the years. My dissertation explores local resistance to the Portuguese occupation of Angola in the late 19th and early 20th century. In particular, I construct a detailed picture of the events leading up to the 1902 Bailundo Rebellion, which developed into a months-long war between semi-independent Ovimbundu kingdoms and Portuguese troops. The issues that interest me range from Portuguese imperial insecurity and international relations, to the influence of North American Protestant missionaries in the region, to questions of political, economic, and spiritual power.

  • Grants
    • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship
    • Portuguese Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship
    • Rackham International Research Award (RIRA)
  • Presentations
    • Universidade Agostinho Neto (Luanda, Angola), Universidade Católica (Luanda, Angola), Instituto de Ciencias Sociais e Educação (Luanda, Angola), Development Workshop (Luanda, Angola), Instituto de Ciencias Sociais - Universidade de Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal)