Julia Sauma

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department Anthropology
Email j.sauma (@gold.ac.uk)
Julia Sauma

Julia Sauma (she/her) is a Brazilian-British and Deaf researcher whose work aims to develop detailed studies of how collective life is maintained within and against violent structures in metropolitan and frontier contexts in Brazil. She is particularly interested in the crucial and pragmatic reshaping of self and collectivity that takes place to ensure the permanence of refuge as an affective-ecological space. For the last fifteen years she has been collaborating with Amazonian quilombo (maroon) families from the Erepecuru River (Pará State) in their struggle to protect their communities and maintain a joyful collective life in the face of anti-Black ideologies and State-endorsed environmental destruction. Julia’s work also reflects on childhood and education, race and ethnicity, myth and memory, kinship and gender, disability and the body, as well as personal experiences of discrimination, and the importance of miscommunication and disagreement in the making of collective knowledge.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Anthropology, University College London 2014
  • MA in Social Anthropology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro 2007

Teaching and Supervision

Publications and research outputs


Scott, D.; Pires, R. Brittes W. and Sauma, Julia F.. 2017. [Translation] Aquele evento, esta memória: notas sobre a antropologia das diásporas africanas no Novo Mundo. Ilha Revista de Antropologia, 19(2), pp. 277-312. ISSN 2175-8034

Pazzarelli, F.; Sauma, Julia F. and Hirose, M. B.. 2017. Apresentacao ao Dossie: (Contra)Mesticagens Amerindias e Afro-Americanas. R@U: Revista de Antropologia da UFSCAR, 9(2), pp. 9-10. ISSN 2175-4705

Sauma, Julia F.. 2016. Palavras carnais: sobre re-lembrar e re-esquecer, ser e não ser, entre os Filhos do Erepecuru. Revista de Antropologia, 59(3), pp. 150-173. ISSN 1678-9857

Sauma, Julia F.. 2014. Entrosar-se, uma reflexão etnográfica afroindígena. Cadernos de Campo, 23, pp. 257-270. ISSN 0104-5679

Viveiros de Castro, Eduardo; Sauma, Julia F. and Holbraad, Martin. 2013. Translation: The relative native. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 3(3), pp. 473-502. ISSN 2575-1433

Sauma, Julia F.. 2008. Street encounters: betrayal and belonging in youth gangs. Public Policy Research, 15(1), pp. 32-35. ISSN 1744-5396

Sauma, Julia F.. 2006. Encontros cartografados: reflexões sobre encontros entre meninos e educadores de rua. Cadernos de Campo, 15(14-15), pp. 41-63. ISSN 0104-5679

Book Section

Sauma, Julia F.. 2019. Moramos no mundo dos invisíveis: sobreposição, ruptura e movimento em uma área coletiva quilombola. In: , ed. Paisagens Evanescentes: estudos sobre a percepção das transformações nas paisagens pelos moradores dos rios amazônicos. Belém (Brazil), Paris (France): NAEA, pp. 115-132. ISBN 9788571431836

Sauma, Julia F.. 2015. Consenso Unanime: Movimentos pela Tranquilidade e a Sobreposicao de Pensamentos entre os Coletivos Quilombolas de Oriximina. In: , ed. Entre Aguas Bravas e Mansas: Indios e Quilombolas em Oriximina. Sao Paulo, Brazil: CPI-SP & Iepe, pp. 235-251. ISBN 9788598046181

Edited Book

Holbraad, M.; Kapferer, B. and Sauma, Julia F., eds. 2019. Ruptures: Anthropologies of discontinuity in times of turmoil. London: UCL Press. ISBN 9781787356184

Edited Journal

Pazzarelli, F.; Sauma, Julia F. and Hirose, M. B., eds. 2017. (Contra)Mesticagens Amerindias e Afro-Americanas, R@U: Revista de Antropologia da UFSCAR, 9(2). 2175-4705


Sauma, Julia F.. 2014. The Deep and the Erepecuru: Tracing Transgressions in an Amazonian Quilombola Territory. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London)

Further profile content

Office Hours (Academic Year 2021-2022)

Personal Tutor Office Hours: Tuesdays 10am-12pm (book a slot via this link https://tinyurl.com/4y7kwdnw).

Individual Project Tutorials: Fridays 10am-12pm (email me).