The graduate program in Anthropology (PPGA) at the Federal University of Pará, scaled to form anthropologists in masters and PhD level, contributing to increase the supply of regional and national human resources trained to the urgent task of bringing subsidies for the solution of pressing issues put by society, especially the Amazon, and contribute to the planning of public policies and programs best suited to groups , peoples and populations that inhabit the region. The research lines of the professors-researchers involved in the program are aimed, in general – but, not exclusivemante-the regional themes.
Teachers-researchers, along with the students that subsume the PPGA, have been so intense in the study of the various dimensions and variability of human experience in the Amazon and come reflecting on the changes that have occurred there over time. The dynamics established greatly benefits from greater interaction with other specialized professionals in every scientific field, contributing significantly to the improvement of theoretical and methodological approaches used, as well as enables better understanding of bio-cultural processes of change under way in the region.
The PPGA began operations in August 2010, with operations in three of the four fields of anthropology, which seiam, Social Anthropology, Archaeology and Bioantropologia, and with the perspective of incentive to discussions and research also in the field of Anthropological Linguistics. In three basic fields, contemplates the formation of scientists anthropologists in masters and PhD level. Analyze the processes of formulation of cultural differences in time (prehistoric and historic) and in space (regional) in order to promote the formation of cultural citizenship can be considered the goal (and object) most anthropological studies in all its fields of activity.
The field of Social Anthropology has focused on theoretical training in Social Anthropology directed to performance in Panamazônia taking into account the relationship between anthropologists and social subjects with which the professionals work, favouring the understanding, on the one hand, the social and political dynamics of the cultural diversity of the traditional peoples who inhabit the region, and, on the other , the particularities of assemblages and provisions of social markers of difference in urban groups.
In archaeology, the goal is to train scientists archaeologists within the theoretical perspective in anthropological archaeology, directed to work in the Amazon, taking also in consideration the relationship of the archaeologist and archaeological heritage with the populations and people who have. .
In Bioantropologia, the focus is the professional qualification for able to act in the various interfaces between Archaeology, Anthropology and other theoretical and practical areas, as well as in the excavation and investigation of archaeological sites where there are human skeletal remains; in the interaction with researchers interested in biossociais devices that cause diseases among traditional populations and vulnerable groups; in issues related to bioethics and ethics of research involving humans in the present or in the past; in studies on the relationship between biodiversity and sociodiversity, contributing, too, in the expertise in the area of genetic and forensic anthropology.
PPGA activities develop in the framework of the eight lines of research supporting the concentration areas or fields: Genetics and Forensic Anthropology; Archaeology in the Amazon; Material culture, heritage and society; Gender and sexuality; Memory, landscape and Cultural production; Migration, Diasporas and Ethnicities; Indigenous and traditional peoples; and, finally, Socioecologia of health and disease.