Line 1: Power, Space and Society


Society is established as the methodological foundation indispensable to the proposition of explanatory categories and to the understanding of the dynamics of temporalities in historical research. Such a society is delimited through the approaches and interpretations of the historian, and presupposes the perspective from which they are drawn, without there being any relevant distinction between the specific field of knowledge that is constituted and the subject that knows it. Conceived from this definition of the social field, the society intended to be investigated from the perspective of historiography presupposes the specificity of the game of relations and positions that lead to the political and cultural configuration, inscribed in the experience of the subjects, including that of the researchers themselves. The double research strand of the social framework as both a category of approach and condition of historical experience justifies and determines the investigations of this line.


Academic staff:

Professor Andréa Lisly Gonçalves – History of the Empire of Brazil. History of Imperial Minas Gerais. Religion. Slavery. Manumission.

Professor Ângelo Alves Carrara – Economic History of Brazil. Taxation. AgrarianHistory.

Professor Cláudia Maria das Graças Chaves – The Luso-BrazilianEmpire. Portuguese America. Colony. Minas Gerais. Trade.

Professor Luisa Rauter Pereira - Theory and Philosophy of History. History of Languages and political concepts in the 19th century in Brazil.

Professor Francisco Eduardo Andrade – Mining. Frontiers. Farming. Administration and government in the Old Regime. Methodology of History.

Professor Marcelo de Mello Rangel –Teaching of History. Theory and Philosophy of History. History of general Brazilian Historiography. History of the Empire of Brazil.



Line 2: Ideas, Languages e Historiography

This line intends to promote research based on three decisive axes, given the centrality they have acquired. They are the basis of a great diversity of investigations and have the advantage of constituting integrated matrixes, while still designating relatively autonomous dimensions, allowing for rich questioning about the frontiers that connect and separate them. Ideas are modes of representation endowed with meaning and effectiveness, and characterized by an effort of elaboration. This distinguishes them from pre-theoretical ideas, through which we apprehend the world and interact in life. Historiography is understood as the diverse ways in which groups perceive themselves in a temporal perspective, inscribing these perceptions in languages that are also varied. In turn, language should be seen not only as a tool for communication, but also as an instrument capable of prefiguring historical reality.


Academic staff:

Prof. Dr. André de Lemos Freixo – History of Brazilian Historiography. Public History. Theory and Philosophy of History.

Prof. Dr. Bruno Tadeu Salles – History of Orders and Military. Medieval History.

Prof. Dr. Fabio Duarte Joly – Economic and Social History of the Roman Empire. Roman Slavery.

Prof. Dr. Fábio Faversani – Ancient History. Ancient Rome. Roman Principality. Seneca, Tacitus and Petronius.

Prof. Dr. Helena Miranda Mollo – History of Brazilian Historiography. Theory and Methodology of History. History of the Empire of Brazil.

Prof. Dr. Mateus Henrique de Faria Pereira – IntellectualHistory. History of the Book and Reading, Theory and History of Historiography of the 20th Century. History of Present Time. Memory, Amnesty and Representations of the Past. Teaching of History.

Prof. Dr. Sérgio Ricardo da Mata – Historical thought and History of Ideas in Germany (19th-20th centuries). Religion and Modernity.

Prof. Dr. Valdei Lopes de Araújo – History of the Brazilian Historiography. Theory of History.Conceptual history.



Line 3: Power, Languages and Institutions

The analysis of the various types of language has led to the need to overcome the dualities between meaning and material dimension, as well as between structures and practices. It should be highlighted that representations do not imply reflexes, but invention: perception and signification occur at the same time, so the production of meaning is not a passive operation. Appropriations are decisive for this, which occur in the midst of shared and socially controlled language structures. The understanding that matter and representation are articulated in a single instance, in which power relations are forged, demands that sources be conceived as things, overcoming the duality between form and content. Moreover, the modes of representation engender institutions that vary historically and are guided by discursive regimes. Such considerations encompass both the broad use of the concept – the institution is everything that is instituted – and more specific uses that reference the State, the law, the school, etc.


Academic staff:

Professor Álvaro de Araujo Antunes –History of Colonial Brazil. History of Minas Gerais. History of Education. History of Books and Reading. Law, Administration, and Practice of Justice.

Professor Ana Mônica Henriques Lopes – African Historyandliterature.

Professor Arnaldo José Zangelmi–Social Movements. Identity and Memory. Oral History.

Professor Jefferson José Queler–History of the Brazilian Republic. Image. Politics. Propaganda.

Professor Luciano Magela Roza –History of Teaching. History and Education. Afro-BrazilianHistory.

Professor Luiz Estevam de Oliveira Fernandes –American History. History of the United States. Chronicle. Historiography. Intellectual life in the 19th century.

Professor Marcelo Santos de Abreu –HistoryofRegionalisms. Public uses of the Past. History of Celebrations. Teaching of History.

Professor Marco Antonio Silveira –History of Colonial Brazil. History of Minas Gerais. Justice and Administration, Historiography.

Professor Mateus Fávaro Reis –History of Republican Hispanic America. Printed History. Intellectual History and History of Intellectuals.

Professor Virgínia Albuquerque de Castro Buarque–History of Christianity. Anthropology of Contemporary Theology. Teaching of History.