Manuela Carneiro Da Cunha Knowledge Against Poverty - AFD (2011-2012)


Manuela Carneiro da Cunha studied mathematics at the Paris Faculty of Sciences before specializing in anthropology under the tutelage of Claude Lévi-Strauss. Upon returning to Brazil, she successively held the position of Professor of Anthropology at the University of Campinas and at the University of São Paulo. In 1994, she was appointed Professor at the University of Chicago where she taught until 2009. Her areas of expertise are Amazonian ethnology, ethnic identity, indigenous history, Brazilian law on indigenous people, as well as traditional knowledge and its associated intellectual rights. Since 1978, she has played an active role in defending the rights of traditional populations. She is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and the Third World Academy of Science, and recipient of the Prix de la Francophonie awarded by the Académie Française for the promotion of the French language throughout the world.