Catarina Madruga

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Postdoc researcher on the project "Colonial Provenances of Nature. The expansion of the mammal collection at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin,  around 1900" funded by the Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste (German Lost Art Foundation), and hosted at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung.

I am a historian of science and empire, and a self-proclaimed "museum-person," with a PhD from the University of Lisbon titled "Taxonomy & Empire. Zoogeographical knowledge on Portuguese Africa, 1862-1881."
My research focused on the zoological collections shipped from African territories and studied in the Lisbon Zoological Museum of the Escola Politécnica de Lisboa, under the direction of José Vicente Barbosa du Bocage (1823-1907), and on the study of Bocage's correspondence and scientific networks. I am currently working on provenance methods for natural history collections, and the connections between history of environment, empire, and zoological collections. 
I have previous training in Museum Studies and experience in Exhibition Design and Museum Education.

Check out here, that time when I talked with Sarah Pickman for the Order of Multitudes Website (release date: 24.03.2021).
And take a listen here to that time I had such a nice chat with Michael Robinson on the "time to eat the dogs" podcast (release date: 27.06.2021).

Living in Berlin, and proud member of the Collection < > Ecologies Collective