Animals and society in Brazil

A book with a mission!

Animals and Society in Brazil, from the 16th to 19th centuries, written by Dr. Ana Lucia Camphora and recently published in Brazil in its original Portuguese language version, is a pioneering book that examines the dense human-animal interactions which were forged through colonial exploits and encounters in Portuguese South America.

Its English edition will be an essential contribution to the international corpus of knowledge in the field of environmental history. The book looks at the history of a nation from the novel perspective of how social relations were constructed as interspecies relations, unfolding over the course of several centuries of colonial history and into the first “modernizing projects” of the late 19th century.

At present, Brazil, the largest country on the South American continent, occupies the paradoxal and challenging position of being simultaneously home to some of the planet’s richest and most seriously threatened biodiversity and one of the world’s largest meat producers (beef, chicken and pork).
Throughout the pages of Camphora's book, the author aptly describes how emerging sets of social and environmental relations were sculpted, fraught with cultural and material conflict and unfolding in the midst of great natural wealth and diversity. Constantly built and rebuilt as relations between human and non-human animals, these processes were uniquely transformative of milieu, culture and identities.

Thus, in an inclusive and complex perspective, non-human animals come to the forefront of the story that is told here, as essential actors in the process of development of Brazilian society.  They stand alongside a wide range of human actors – indigenous people, enslaved populations, colonizers and settlers - in the wilderness, rural and urban settings where these early centuries of history were played out.

Help us get an English edition out into the world!

The White Horse Press, a British publisher committed to the field of environmental history, would like to publish  Animals and society in Brazil, from the 16th to 19th centuries in illustrated hard copy and ebook formats.

Getting this book translated and ready for publication is, however, contingent upon your financial support.  We ask you to make a donation, according to the donation and reward plan: 

Category A  AUD 23 (US$15)
Contribute at least AUD 23 (US$15) and get an invitation to our exclusive campaign blog, including the video-conference, "Human and nonhuman animals in the formation of Brazilian society: a story to be told" by Dr. Camphora, as well as monthly updates on book translation and production process. )

 Category B  AUD 38 (US$25 )
 Contribute AUD 40  and get a personal copy of Animals and Society ebook Donor

Category C  AUD 60  (US$40)
Contribute AUD 60 and get your personal copy of Animals and Society in ebook format, plus an invitation to our exclusive campaign blog, which includes the video-conference, "Human and nonhuman animals in the formation of Brazilian society: a story to be told" by Dr. Camphora, as well as monthly updates on book translation and production process

Category D AUD 75(US$50)
The first ten people to donate AUD 75(US$50) or more  will receive a hard copy of the book Animals and Society, courtesy of our publisher, White Horse Press (UK) in addition to invitation to our exclusive campaign blog, including the video-conference, "Human and nonhuman animals in the formation of Brazilian society: a story to be told" by Dr. Camphora, as well as monthly updates on book translation and production process. 

Thank you so much for your fundamental contribution to the completion of our publication project. We would also be grateful if you could help us a bit more, simply by spreading news of our campaign to friends, colleagues, family members, etc. - via social media or other personal and work networks. In this collective task of building greater international knowledge and dialogue on human-animal relations and environmental history, your efforts help us all make a difference!

The author:  
The author Dr. Ana Lucia Ana Lucia Camphora was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she obtained her PhD in Social Sciences interdisciplinary studies, and worked as an environmental consultant in environmental sustainability for protected areas, and governance in public policies oriented to biodiversity conservation of the Atlantic Forest. In 2013, she reoriented her academic approach exclusively to the field of human-animal studies, a subject very close with her personal involvement with animal protection in Brazil. As an independent scholar, Dr. Camphora has taught courses on Social Ecology in post-graduate programs in Environmental Law and Animals in Law. Her recent academic production is been devoted to environmental history and its connection with human-animal studies.

To know more about her academic trajectory and publications, please, visit[phone redacted]-3[phone redacted] .

The translator: 

Dr. Miriam Adelman, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and residing in Brazil since 1991, is a sociologist, poet and translator. As sociologist and university professor (Federal University of Paraná, 1992- present) she has taught and researched on topics within the Human-Animal Studies field, becoming a pioneering researcher on Latin American equestrian cultures. It is precisely this shared interest in the ‘animal stories’ that are woven into the history of Brazilian society that led to her dialogue and research partnership with Ana Lucia, fruit of which is their recent co-authored chapter, “Crioulos e Crioulistas: A southern Brazilian equestrian culture in a changing world” In: Guest, K. and Mattfeld, M. Horse Breeds and Human Society: Purity, Identity and the Making of the Modern Horse, Routledge Human-Animal Studies Series, 2019) As translator, Miriam has ample practice working in the Social Sciences and Humanities. She has also become increasingly interested in the theories that apply cultural, historical and linguistic lenses to translation processes and their challenges. Over the years, she has enjoyed translating some of her favorite poets from English to Portuguese (visit her blog at, although her scientific work has usually involved English as target language. She recently completed the translation of a work on the history of Italian immigration to southern Brazil (Maíra Vendrame’s Power in the village: social networks, family honor and the practice of justice among peasant families– from Italy to Brazil, Routledge, forthcoming in 2020.)


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