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My research interests lie in the fields of anthropology, history, philosophy, and psychoanalysis. Southern/Lusophone Africa (Angola) is my area of specialization. I have conducted research and published on processes of differentiation; ethnographic theory; subject constitution; colonialism and post-colonialism; intersectionality; race and ethnicity; gender; witchcraft; religion; translation; naming.

Ph.D. in Social Anthropology 
University of Sao Paulo, Department of Anthropology
Internship: Columbia University, Department of Anthropology

M.A. in Social Anthropology
State University of Campinas, Department of Anthropology

B.A. in Philosophy
University of Sao Paulo, Department of Philosophy

2024 – present
ifk – Kunstuniversität Linz 
Fellow, Internationales Forschungszentrum

2023 – present
University of Lisbon
Research Fellow, Institute of Social Sciences

2022 – 2023
ICI Berlin – Institute for Cultural Inquiry
Research Fellow

2020 – 2022
ICI Berlin – Institute for Cultural Inquiry

2019 – present
Federal University of Sao Carlos
Affiliated Professor, Department of Anthropology

2017 – 2020
Federal University of Sao Carlos
FAPESP Grantee and Researcher, Department of Social Sciences

Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning s

2014 – 2015
London School of Economics
Post-doctoral Visiting Fellow, Department of Anthropology

State University of Campinas
Visiting Professor, Department of Anthropology

2023 – present
co2libri fellowship

2020 – 2022
ICI-Berlin Fellowship

2019 – 2021
Columbia University, ISERP (Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy)
Humanities War and Peace Initiative research grantBr /> Team member in the project “Extremities at War: Brazil, Angola, and the U.S.”

2017 – 2020
FAPESP (Sao Paulo Research Foundation)

Early Career Grant – Principal Investigator in the Project “Processes of Subject Constitution in African Contexts: Differentiation, Iteration, Intersectionality” 
The grant included the PI’s fellowship; fieldwork funding for researchers; student fellowships; and expenses related to data analysis, visiting scholars, organization of events, and conference attendance.

2017 – 2020

Principal Investigator Fellowship to lead the Project “Processes of Subject Constitution in African Contexts: Differentiation, Iteration, Intersectionality”

2013 – 2017
Post-doctoral Fellowship

2014 – 2015
Post-doctoral International Fellowship

2023 – present
Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences – University of Lisbon
Project title: “Naming Transformations in Portuguese and Umbundu: The Politics of Subject Constitution in Central Angola from 1846 to the Present”

Spanning the long duration of the colonization and decolonization of Central Angola, this project considers continuities and ruptures in the politics of subject constitution by taking into account how different forms of designating oneself and others in Portuguese and Umbundu, the vernacular spoken in this region, index different possibilities of action and experience in changing sociopolitical contexts: the period of the caravan trade in politically independent Umbundu-speaking polities (1846-1902), the establishment of Portuguese colonial rule following the military subjugation of Central Angola in the aftermath of the Bailundo War (1903-1961), the liberation struggle (1961-1975), the civil war (1975-2002), and finally the post-war period (2003-now).

Fellow at co2libri – Freie Universität Berlin
Project title: “Before Fugitivity: The Umbundu Concept of Ocilombo and Community Building Practices in 19th-Century Central Angola”

In this project, I draw on the reflections of fugitivity developed around the concept of quilombo and investigate the kinds of communal practices that were associated with the term ocilombo in Umbundu expression.

2022 – 2023
Research Fellow at ICI Berlin – Institute for Cultural Inquiry
Project title: “Subject Constitution, Ethnography, and the Case Study”

Dulley’s project addresses  processes of subject constitution from the perspectives of  anthropology and psychoanalysis through two methodological reductions: the case study and ethnographic theory. Drawing on ethnographic and archival research on colonial and post-colonial Angola, on the one hand, and on the clinical practice of psychoanalysis by herself and others, on the other hand, Dulley explores and compares processes of subject constitution in three different settings: fieldwork, the analytical setting, and the archive. 

2022 – 2025
Team member at Berlin University Alliance
Project title: “Conceptual Collaboration: Living Borderless Research Interaction – co2libri” 

(in collaboration with various researchers at Freie University and Humboldt University)
As an interdisciplinary and transregionally oriented initiative, co2libri seeks to apply a multicentric perspective which engages with neglected positions of Southern theory and visions for a decolonial research praxis as a central part of our academic self-understanding. 

2020 – 2023
Team member at Columbia University
Project title: “Extremities at War: Brazil, Angola, and the U.S.”

(Principal Investigator: Maria José de Abreu)
This project proposes to stage a comparison between three violence-inflicted geographical contexts: Brazil, Angola, and the U.S. Its prime goal is to think about the question of sovereignty as it manifests itself in the temporalities and embodiments of war and peace. The temporality, effects, and embodiment of violence in the extremities are to be communicated through a performance lecture comprised by text and choreography. 

Fellow at ICI Berlin – Institute for Cultural Inquiry
Project title: “Designation: Naming Subjects in Angola”

This project considers the relation between naming and subject constitution through an interrogation of both reduction  and complexification. How do the names attributed to oneself and others intertwine with changing contextual  positionalities related to race, ethnicity, status, gender, region, and class? To answer this question, an ethnographic  theorization of how the performativity of naming constitutes subjects via fixation and displacement is proposed. In analyzing the iterative chain of signification through which subjects were constituted by state and vernacular naming in colonial and post-colonial Angola, aspects of interpellation related to reduction (fixation, designation, totalization, homogenization) and complexification (dissemination, transformation, displacement) are considered simultaneously.

2017 – 2020
Grantee and Principal Investigator at FAPESP
Project title: “Processes of Subject Constitution in African Contexts: Differentiation, Iteration, Intersectionality”

The project comprised a team of 21 people, including seven students and twelve researchers based at institutions in Brazil, South Africa, Angola, China, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. It considered processes of subject constitution in Sub-Saharan Africa, i.e., processes in which subjects are socially placed and/or displaced and thus come to occupy social positionalities that foster or foreclose determined and contextual possibilities of action and experience. Analysis focused on processes of differentiation in which subjects are constituted through the intersectionality between social places, such as: legal practices; political, religious, and aesthetic performances; kinship; literary practices; interpellation, accusation, and naming. The project developed iterative analysis as a method to make sense of  processes of differentiation and subject constitution in time.

Federal University of Sao Carlos, Department of Social Sciences
2019 – UG course Post-Structuralism and Queer Theory
2019 – PG seminar Laboratory of Contemporary Anthropology I
2019 – PG seminar Laboratory of Contemporary Anthropology II
2018 – PG course Anthropology and Philosophy
2018 – UG course Post-Colonial Studies: Reflections on Angola

State University of Campinas, Department of Anthropology
2014 – UG course Witchcraft and Sorcery
2014 – UG course Myth and Ritual