Amanda Dias holds a PhD in Sociology from both the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in France and the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Her doctoral research involved a comparative study of Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and Brazilian favelas. She was a post-doctoral research fellow for the project Global Prayers, Redemption and Liberation in the City (House of World Cultures in Berlin and the European University Viadrina Frankfurt), investigating the emergence of Islam in the Brazilian religious field. Author of Aux marges de la ville et de l'État. Camps palestiniens au Liban et favelas cariocas (Karthala/ IFPO, 2013), Amanda interrogates the contribution that documentary cinema can make to anthropology as a means of knowledge creation. She also completed the Holds-on documentary filmmaking workshop with Atelier Varan in Paris. Her current research focuses on indigenous intellectuals in Brazil.
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