Dr. Lucas da Costa Maciel's study is driven by "the urgent need to cease seeing beings as heritage." Dr. da Costa Maciel, Memorial's newest Banting fellow, is doing precisely that by collaborating with an indigenous group in Chile. One of the most esteemed post-doctoral fellowships in North America is the Banting Post-doctoral Fellowship, which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
The program is famous across the world for helping prominent emerging scholars realize their leadership potential. Dr. da Costa Maciel will receive a total of $140,000 in financing for the study they are carrying out in Memorial's Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, under the direction of Dr. Mario Blaser.
Dr. da Costa Maciel's post-doctoral study will include discussions of heritage issues and questions regarding Chile's ownership of what the Mapuche people view as their ancestors. They assert that their research would treat the assertions made by the Mapuche people as declarations of facts with which one must contend, rather than reducing them to cultural beliefs. The study findings are also intended to improve the decolonization of the museum via cooperation in addition to their academic worth.
According to Dr. da Costa Maciel, they are thrilled to be able to draw upon the department's long history of faculty engagement with Indigenous-led groups.
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