Dr Caio Simões de Araújo

Dr Caio Simões de Araújo is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA) of the Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds a BA in International Relations, with a Minor in Sociology, from the University of Coimbra, Portugal (2010), and a MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the Central European University, Hungary (2012). In 2017, he completed his PhD at the International History Department of the Graduate Institute, Switzerland, which included a Minor in Anthropology. His doctoral dissertation, entitled “Diplomacy of Blood and Fire: Portuguese Decolonization and the Race Question, ca. 1945-1968”, earned the highest honours (summa cum laude avec félicitations du jury). He is a Research Associate of the Pierre du Bois Foundation for Current History, Geneva.

His research draws on the intersections between diplomatic and international history, histories of colonialism and decolonization in the Global South, and transnational histories of race and (anti-)racism. He is currently working on a project that articulates diplomacy and knowledge production by comparing international (i.e. UN-driven) and inter-imperial projects of technical assistance and scientific cooperation during the 1950s and the 1960s