Academic Qualifications

Habilitation in Anthropology, 2002 – ISCTE, Lisbon, Portugal.

PhD in Anthropology, 1995 – ISCTE, Lisbon, Portugal.

Master in Comparative Literary Studies, 1987 – Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal.

Bachelor in Anthropology, 1982 – Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal.

Biographical Information

Manuel João Ramos, born 1960 in Lisbon, Portugal, is Associate Professor with tenure at the Dept. of  Anthropology and Senior Researcher of the Centre of International  Studies, at ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon. He is presently  vice-director of the same research centre and head of the Central Library of African Studies.
In 1982 he completed a BA in Anthropology (at FCSH-UNL) with honours, presenting a monography on a fishing community in South Portugal.
In 1987 he completed a MsC in Comparative Literary Studies  (at FCSH-UNL), with a dissertation on travel literature.
In 1995, he successfully presented his PhD thesis in Symbolic Anthropology (at ISCTE-IUL), with honours, on Christian mythology and visions of the East. He pursues a parallel graphics art carrier and is involved in NGO militancy. He’s the vice-president of FEVR (European Federation of Road Traffic Victims) and its representative at the UN Road Safety Collaboration, and is member of the directors’ board of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety. He’s the representative of the Hakluyt Society in Portugal.

Key Publications

Ramos, Manuel João (2010), Histórias Etíopes: Diário de Viagem. Lisboa: Tinta da China.

Ramos, Manuel João et al. (2010), The Emperor of Ethiopia in Lusoland: Ethiopia, Portugal and the Organization of African Unit. Lisbon & London: CEA-ISCTE & SOAS.

Ramos, Manuel João et al (eds.) (2010), History of Ethiopia by Pero Páez. London: Hakluyt Society. (ISBN: 978-1908145017)

Ramos, Manuel João (2009), Traços de Viagem: Experiências remotas, locais invulgares. Lisboa: Bertrand. (ISBN: 9789722519427)

Ramos, Manuel João (2009), Memórias dos Pescadores de Sesimbra: Santiago de Sesimbra no Início dos Anos Oitenta do Século XX. Lisboa: Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa.



Ramos, M.J., Aina Azevedo (2016) "Drawing close – On visual engagements in fieldwork, drawing workshops and the anthropological imagination", Visual Ethnography, 5 (1), 135-160.

Ramos, M.J., Manuel João Magalhães & Carlos Mendes (2015) Ria Formosa, Parque Natural. Fragmentos de Interoralidade Algarvia, ISBN: 978-989-732-505-2.

Ramos, M.J. (2015) "Stop the Academic World, I Wanna Get Off in the Quai de Branly. Of sketchbooks, museums and anthropology", Cadernos de Arte e Antropologia, 4 (2), 141-178 .

Ramos, M.J., Manuel João Magalhães & Carlos Jorge Branco Mendes (2014) Arrábida, Parque Natural. Esboço Localográfico, ISBN: 978-989-732-503-8.

Ramos, M.J. (2014) "Viagem a Nova Iorque (EUA) com passagem pela Índia", In Eduardo Salviza Diários de Viagem 2: Desenhadores-Viajantes, (239-245), ISBN: 978-9725892497.

Ramos, M.J., Isabel Boavida (2013) Ethiopia and the Creation of OAU: a Portuguese Interlude (1959), ISBN: 978-972-8335-18-2.

Ramos, M.J. (2012) Pedro Paez’s History of Ethiopia: On exploration, refutation and censorship, Hakluyt Society.

Ramos, M.J., Hervé Pennec & Isabel Boavida (2011) Pedro Páez’s History of Ethiopia, volume 1, ISBN: 978-1-4094-8281-9.

Ramos, M.J., Hervé Pennec & Isabel Boavida (2011) Pedro Páez’s History pof Ethiopia, Volume 2, ISBN: 978-1-4094-8281-9.

Ramos, M.J. (2011) "Amhara Oral Traditions- The Urgency of Rescuing a Cultural Heritage", In Getie Gelaye, David Evans, Alula Pankhurst Culture and Development for Amhara Region - Proceedings of the International Workshop: Launching of Amhara Region Culture and Development Research Center (ARCDRC), (50-60). Bahir Dar University Press.

Ramos, M.J. (2011) "Urban Ethnography: Largo Barão de Quintela", In Urban Sketchers Urban Sketchers in Lisbon: Drawing the City, ISBN: 978-972-589-212-1.

Ramos, M.J., Isabel Boavida (2009) Rastafari in Lusoland: on the 50 years of Haile Selassie’s official visit to Portugal (1959-2009), Lisboa: Centro de Estudos Africanos ISCTE-IUL.