Paolo Israel, Ph.D.

I carried out extensive research in northern Mozambique, focusing on the intersections between popular culture and politics. My doctoral thesis reconstructed the historical transformations of Makonde mapiko masquerades and dance traditions more generally. I also worked on witch-hunts and occult rumours; storytelling and oral performance. Since 2008 I live and work in Cape Town. I joined the University of the Western Cape first as a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research, then as a staff member of the History Department

All my publications are accessible here

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Ten years of research (and continuing)... 


2002, Base Central, Muidumbe; with Atanásio Cosme Nhussi, Gerónimo Mussa Katembe, António Focas Nandimba and others


2003, Mwambula, Muidumbe


2004, Myangalewa, Muidumbe; with Mario Malyamungu Matias and Evaristo Januário Angelina


2005, Mwambula, Muidumbe; with Mario Malyamungu Matias


2006: Montepuez


2008: Regadio Nguri, Muidumbe; with Mario Malyamungu Matias and Evaristo Januário Angelina


2009: Messalo, Muidumbe, with Mario Malyamungu Matias and Evaristo Januário Angelina


2011: Out of the Box Festival, Cape Town; with mapiko dance troupe


2012, Costa do Sol, Maputo; with Valério Mwale