1) CEDIM – Center of Documentation and Image
Located in the Multidisciplinary Institute in Nova Iguaçu, it provides material for historical research, notably for documentation (textual, audiovisual, and iconography) about the History of Baixada Fluminense and adjacent municipalities. CEDIM is the scenario of experiences which seek to explore the potentials of digital history in the creation of conditions for the democratization of access to production and the circulation of historical knowledge.
CEDIM is aimed at the generation, processing, and provision of collections and historical documentation, the preservation and diffusion of memory and material and immaterial heritage, as well as a research laboratory which helps in extension actions, training, and the provision of services. Through the generation and provision of digital collections, CEDIM has favored, catalyzed, and carried out many studies of the History of Baixada Fluminense, redeeming the experiences of urban and rural workers between the 1940s and 1980s.
Due to the absence of public archives, research centers, or similar spaces in the Baixada Fluminense, CEDIM is composed of sources from staff research projects, private collections, and institutions holding important documentary sets such as the Diocesan Curia of Itaguaí, notaries, and the city government. The central purpose is that CEDIM becomes the first public archive about (and located in) Baixada Fluminense.
Coordinated by: Jean Rodrigues Sales (UFRRJ).
2) CEDOC – Documentation Center
Located in Annex III, Seropédica campus, it holds materials for historical research, notably documentation (textual, audiovisual, and iconographic) about the History of Baixada Fluminense and adjacent municipalities, including nineteenth century parochial records from Itaguaí Curia, digitalized nineteenth century periodicals.
Objectives: Collect and provide material for historical research, linked to research projects carried out by the UFRRJ History faculty. The intention is to organize a space for the production of social memory and archiving of documentation (textual, audiovisual, and iconographic) with an emphasis on the History of Baixada Fluminense and adjacent municipalities, with the purpose of encouraging new research and introducing students to working with various sources. Partnerships will be established partnerships with private and public archives with the purpose of digitalizing documentation and preserving collections. As a result of public calls for funding from Faperj and Capes digitalization equipment and microfilm readers were acquired and installed in their own specific room, located in PPG, Annex III of ICHS, in Seropédica. In the implementation of the collection’s policy, the nineteenth century parish records of Itaguaí Curia were digitalized and, in partnership with the National Library, a significant set of periodicals from the rare works and periodicals sections of that institutions were reproduced on microfilm. The center is connected with the activities of the Education Tutorial Program (PET-History), the Institutional Program of the Teaching Initiation Fellowship (PIBID), and the Teaching, Research, and Extension Groups (NEPEs), an academic activity which is obligatory for undergraduate students. In addition, it is also used by graduate students for research and the activities in the obligatory teaching internship which requires the use of the available materials, of interest to the teaching of local and regional history. In addition to the documentary collection, CEDOC has three microfilm readers, two computers, a microfilm digitizer, and an A3 format printer.
Coordination: Carlos Eduardo Coutinho da Costa (UFRRJ).
Laboratories and Research Groups
1) GEAC – Contemporary Agriculture Study Group
Involves researchers from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Canada, and the United States and is concerned with investigating different dimensions of the Brazilian and Latin American reality, with an emphasis on relations of power and exploitation, social conflicts, forms of appropriation, and the social use of land, and modes of articulation between rural and urban.
Objectives: The Contemporary Agriculture Study Group (GEAC) brings together researchers and students interested in investigating social, political, and economic processes which configure or configured the Brazilian and Latin America rural environment, through an interdisciplinary dialogue which emphasizes relations of power and exploitation, social conflicts, forms of appropriation and the social use of land, and modes of articulation between rural and urban. Research lines: 1. Development of capitalism in the Brazilian countryside; 2. State, social and political actors, and development policies for the rural environment of Brazil; 3. Social history of land ownership; 4. Social organization, collective active, and the political representation of rural workers in Brazil and Latin America; 5. Organization, action, and political representation of rural and agri-industrial employers in Brazil; 6. International organizations and public policies for Latin American agriculture; 7. The agrarian question and agrarian reform in Brazil and Latin America
Leader: João Marcio Mendes Pereira (UFRRJ)
2) Worlds of Labor and Post-Emancipation Workshop
The Worlds of Labor and Post-Emancipation Studies Workshop is a discussion forum operating in the areas of historiography and the teaching of history. Its main objective is to bring together undergraduates, graduate students, and professors to share the results of their research, propose methodological and theoretical reflections, and to be a space for Basic Education teachers to come into contact with the university studies. Its members focus on black history of slavery and freedom, as well as seeking to understand these people through gender, race, class, and cultural issues. Researchers from this group have also developed a digital platform to make Post-Abolition and Worlds of Labor studies accessible to Basic Education students and teachers and other interested in this field.
Leader: Álvaro Nascimento (UFRRJ)
3) HISTOR – Research Group on Theory of History and History of Historiography
Location: ICHS – Annex II – Room 4
The group includes researchers interested in operations, practices, procedures, assumptions, paradigms, concepts, methods, and topics related to the construction of historical knowledge and historical narratives in the ancient, modern, and contemporary world.
Members’ research projects investigate the historicity of knowledge and historical narratives, centered on two main themes: 1) studies of knowledge and historical narratives, including the problematic involving the constitution of History as a discipline, based on the investigation of rhetorical-discursive precepts, theoretical bases, and methodological principles of historiographic practices; 2) studies of practices and epistemic virtues on which the craft of the historian is based in its various places and contexts. The group covers two lines of research: 1. Theories of History and the History of Historiography; 2. Theories of History: knowledge and contemporary narratives.
Leader: Maria da Glória de Oliveira (UFRRJ).
4) Iberian Empires in the Ancien Regime: politics, society, and culture.
The research perspectives highlight that Iberian Empires, in relation to their administration, governance, and social life, reproduced in overseas territories the structures which gave form and content to the Ancien Regime, experienced by these monarchies, in Europe. By considering the essential characteristics of Iberian countries in the modern period, the research has shown the composite nature of the Spanish monarchy and the pluricontinental nature of the Portuguese monarchy, as well as its synodical, corporatist, and jurisdictional orders, which gave dynamics to its Ancien Regimes. The research group thus proposes to discuss the constitutive elements and the forms of thinking about the politics of Iberian monarchies, and the singularities of their overseas conquests, emphasizing the nature and interweaving of socio-political and governance networks, highlighting determined social trajectories and hierarchies, which confer materiality and governability of its overseas spaces.
Coordination: Mônica da Silva Ribeiro.
5) LabQueer – Laboratory of Studies of Gender Relations, Masculinities, and Transgenders
Created in 2015, the laboratory’s objectives are:
Analyze how genders are constructed, negotiated, and subverted. Focusing on diverse relations (social, cultural, political, institutional) between the feminine and the masculine, asking how they are historically forged.
Offer interdisciplinary analyses of gender as a category of analysis, beyond its performative dimension.
Debate the implications and developments of gender in the production of social, political and academic knowledge.
Study masculinities and homosexualities, highlighting their social, cultural, and historic dimensions.
Expand the notions and (social and historical) experiences of masculinities beyond those organized by heterosexuality.
Make positive the experiences of transsexual and transvestite men and women.
Complexify the relations between sexuality, identities, orientations, and gender.
Study and investigate the so-called dissident sexualities.
Denounce and analyze historical oppression, hostilities, exclusions, and violence aimed at trans-persons. At the same time identify, analyze, and make positive the struggles, resistance, mobilizations, and conquest of the trans movement.
Leader: Fábio Henrique Lopes
6) LAMI – Laboratory of Iberian Worlds
Objectives: The Laboratory of Iberian Worlds (LAMI) was created in 2010 and involves professors, researchers, and undergraduate and graduate students interested in the historiographic debate and documentary research, related to the History of the Iberian Peninsula, and to the spaces which made up their overseas territories in the Early Modern Period. The target of the Laboratory is to stimulate reflection on research and teaching, as well as the production of scientific and teaching material, related to content referring to the Iberian worlds. In addition, LAMI aims to stimulate inter-institutional dialogue and to establish scientific and pedagogic exchanges in the area of knowledge in question.
Leaders: Luciana Mendes Gandelman (UFRRJ) and Patricia Souza de Faria (UFRRJ).
7) LAPETHI – Research Laboratory in the Theory of History Interdisciplinarities
Carries out research in the area of the Theory of History and in the field of relations of History with other interdisciplinary areas – including the various artistic areas of expression, such as Cinema, Music, Literature, and the Visual Arts. It includes researchers from Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Universidade Federal Fluminense, and also foreign collaborators (from Mexico and Israel), as well as the inclusion of students from various levels of graduate and undergraduate studies. The laboratory has five research lines:
Cinema-History; History and Interdisciplinarity; Theory of History and Concepts; Theory of History and Experimentation; Theory of History and Historiography. Every year the group has a regular program of meetings of its participants, including the offering of talks and extension courses to the academic community and those interested in its themes.
Coordination: José Costa D’Asssunção (UFRRJ)
8) LEHI – Laboratory of Economics and History
Formed in 2009, the Laboratory of Economics and History (Lehi), based in Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), brings together researchers (with master’s and doctorates) and students (undergraduate, master’s students, and doctoral students) from different institutions and with various theoretical perspectives, concerned with themes related to the meeting of History and Economics. It has an interdisciplinary profile and covers studies of economic and social History and related areas, incorporating specialists and knowledge from different areas, such as History, Economics, Sociology, Political Science, International Relations, Geography, Anthropology, and other areas from the Humanities. It holds regular meetings to discuss research, scientific events, and academic publications.
Coordination: Pedro Campos (UFRRJ) and Rafael Vaz da Motta Brandão (UERJ/FFP).
9) LINHAS – Research Group on the Middle Ages, Medievalisms, and Narrative Studies
A research group connected to Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, formed of historians interested in the Middle Ages, Historiography, narrative studies, religious studies, and relations of power. Research line: 1- Narratives, Relations of Power, and Religiosities. A research line which covers narrative studies in a general form, in any temporality or perspective, as well as research on power (in its symbolic or practical dimension, or in the relationship between the different spheres of power). Included in this line are studies of different religious manifestations and how they are related to power and narrative constructions. 2- Representations and Narratives in the Medievalistic Period. This line covers the research which aims to critically analyze the specialized Historiography of the Middle Ages. Part of this line are both studies of the meta-analysis of the medievalistic period, examining the historiographic production as an ideologically orientated representation, and/or narrative and studies which view the medievalistic from the point of view of the History of Historiography.
Coordinator: Marcelo Santiago Berriel (UFRRJ)
10) Capitalism, Power, and Social Struggles Study Group (NECAP)
NECAP follows a historical and interdisciplinary research perspective. It brings together researchers, students, and graduates of History and International Relations, and is open to the construction of collaboration and partnership networks with researchers from other Brazilian and foreign institutions. Its work intends to have an impact on the following areas: 1) training human resources for scientific research, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; 2) organization of academic events for the socialization of knowledge produced by members of the group and by the researchers from its network of external collaborators; 3) holding of extension activities linked to research, such as seminars and courses, aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, educational professions, and society in general; 4) scientific publication with the results of the research of its members and external collaborators.
Leaders: João Márcio Mendes Pereira and Pedro Henrique Pedreira Campos (UFRRJ)
11) NEPHS – Group for Studies of Politics and Social History
Objectives: The Group for Studies of Politics and Social History in Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (NEPHS-UFRRJ) was created with the intention of encouraging research and deepening reflections capable of establishing points of communication between the two fields of investigation historically constituted in an almost autonomous form and, at times, in opposition: Political History and Social History. The proposed key to this movement of approximation is the expansion of what we understand as Politics. Hence the adoption of another nomenclature – Studies of Politics.
We have chosen to treat Politics as an action which seeks to legitimate and impose representations of the social world, as well as practices and projects organized through these representations. This opens the possibility of directing our viewpoint to social processes ranging from conflicts and the establishment of frontiers between groups to the production of consensus, both in a broader social space and in well delimited and defined institutions. It is thus sought to go beyond the limitations of considering politics as circumscribed to a specific sphere – the so-called “sphere of politics,” related in general to formalized politics in parties or institutions which dispute the power of the state and global projects for society, – and to think of it instead in an expanded form.
The foundation for this approximation between the dominions of the political and the social is a fruitful dialogue with anthropology, which allows new forms of dealing with historical processes and contexts. From the interpretation of evidence to the analysis of symbolic systems and social meanings, culture is given a central role, not as a consensus, but as an arena of conflict. Committed to socially enrooting historical agents and giving meaning to their practices, this perspective invests in the comprehension of the experiences of men and women and social relations, in the processes of formation of collective identities and their role in more general historic transformations.
In this sense, the forms of public staging of social representations, practices of citizenship and struggles for rights, and disputes over the law and educational processes in general are part of what we call political action and political phenomenon. Finally, it is worth highlighting that the processes of institutions and the institutionalization of social groups, as well as the construction of collective identities and social networks, imply political actions even when they do not seek to occupy arenas traditionally reserved to those who dispute the power of the state.
Coordination: Adriana Barreto and Fabiane Popinigis (UFRRJ).
Researchers: Luís Edmundo de Souza Moraes (UFRRJ), Vânia Maria Lousada (UFRRJ), Ângela Moreira da Silva (CPDOC-FGV), Alexandre Fortes (UFRRJ), Álvaro do Nascimento (UFRRJ), Paulo Fontes (UFRJ), Caetana Damasceno (UFRRJ), Cristiana Schetini Pereira (Universidad Nacional de General San Martin, Argentina).
12) NUPEP – Research Group on Property and its Multiple Dimensions
Its objective is the study, research, and dissemination of aspects pertinent to the discussion of property in its various dimensions: land ownership, intellectual property – involving its various modalities -, industrial property, copyright, economic aspects, and the production of knowledge which involves the concept of property, aspects also related to material and immaterial heritage. Some of its members are INCT researchers in Rede Proprietas, a national network of researchers working with the theme of property. In 2016 NUPEP received funding from the FAPERJ Call for Emerging Groups from the State of Rio de Janeiro.
Leaders: Mônica de Souza Martins and Marina Monteiro Machado