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The Universal Races Congress, London 1911: contexts, themes and debates

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Author(s): Vanderlei Sebastião de Souza | Ricardo Ventura Santos

Journal: Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi : Ciências Humanas
ISSN 1981-8122

Volume: 7;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 745;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Race | Physical Anthropology | History of Anthropology | Museu Nacional do Rio de Janeiro

ABSTRACT
In this article we analyze the historical and sociopolitical context under which the First Universal Races Congress (1911) took place, and also address the main issues debated in the conference by anthropologists, sociologists and social activists from different countries. We highlight the contributions of the physicians and anthropologists João Baptista de Lacerda (1846-1915) and Edgard Roquette-Pinto (1884-1954), who traveled to London as official representatives of the Brazilian government, and discuss some of the papers presented by leading authorities in the field of anthropology and the race studies. The papers presented at the conference were published in a volume edited by the English sociologist Gustav Spiller.
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