Political history

Research projects:

The writing of history and the political Government of the Portuguese Empire: currents and polemic in the Age of Enlightenment

Description: This research about the consolidated historiographical practices during the colonial period aims to discuss two dimensions (articulated) of the historical and geographical culture in the 18th century: 1) connections with the politics of reformism illustrated; 2) impact of the Americanist thinking in European illustrated polemics. This project integrates the Thematic Project: Dimensions of the Portuguese Empire: investigations about the structures and dynamics of the Old Colonial System.

Professor in charge: Iris Kantor (ikantor@usp.br)


Brazilian music in cinema: dilemmas and achievements of an aesthetic and ideological project

Description: This project aims to analyse four movies produced in the 1950s that are part of a project of a popular Brazilian movie, endorsed by intellectuals and left-wing moviemakers, whose formal bases were fed by several sources such as the musical, the social-themed melodrama, the chanchada and Italian neorealism. In addition, all four movies incorporate the Brazilian music as a theme (main or secondary) and as a structuring element of the narrative in the form of diegetic and extra-diegetic soundtrack, enabling a historiographical exercise that connects two important fields of cultural creation and ideological debates. We had two central hypotheses: the first is that such films movies have been analysed without due attention to their specific historicities, for a cinema historiography more concerned with understanding them as precursors of an evolutionary process that would end up in the New Wave of 1960. This movement, by the way, would impose new paradigms of analysis and artistic creation that would deny the bases that included the aforementioned movies. The other hypothesis is that while thematising Brazilian music and musical environment, such files projected the dilemmas and impasses of the Brazilian cinema, understood as a cultural, social, and economic affirmation process of the Brazilian culture as designed by the left-wing influenced by the Brazilian Communist Party, at the time. Therefore, we intend to analyse all four movies in detail, crossing the results of individual analysis of each work, and trying to establish conclusions with the Brazilian cultural history of the period, its discussions, achievements and dilemmas.

Professor in charge: Marcos Francisco Napolitano de Eugênio (napoli@usp.br)


Virtual file – migrant stories

Description: Inventory that expresses the multiple cultural and political manifestations of established immigrant communities in Brazil since the late 19th century with the aim of making sources for studies on immigrants and immigration policies in Brazil available for online consultation.

Professor in charge: Maria Luiza Tucci Carneiro (malutucci@terra.com.br)


Authoritarianism and contemporaneity in Brazil: the interdependence between democracy and authoritarianism

Description: Through the analysis of the Social Media Division material, between 1983 and 1995, this project seeks to understand the permanence/difference of repressive apparatus of surveillance practices, through organ belonging to the government of the state of São Paulo, during the democratic period. The project implies the mapping, systematisation and description of this material, along with cleaning and maintenance procedures, as well as the digitisation of the collection and the construction of a database that will become a reference for future researchers. To finalise the initiative, we aim to publish the whole experience in volumes that shall continue the series I started: ‘Radiographs of the Brazilian Republican Authoritarianism.’

Professor in charge: Maria Aparecida de Aquino (map.aquino@hotmail.com)


Concepts and representations in political-philosophical thinking

Description: Based on the thinking of the great philosophers, the project analyses the concept of politics and economic and social representations in History.

Professor in charge: Jorge Luis da Silva Grespan (grespan@usp.br)


Conceptions, exercise of power, and social practices in the Middle Ages

Description: Within the Graduate Program in Social History, our concerns have been focused on how to approach the problem of power relations established between church and the rotten civilians present - from the constitution of the Early Christianity - in different contexts of the Middle Ages, namely the Empire, the kingdoms and the secular nobility in general. In addition, our purpose is to establish the analysis of thinking and ‘political’ proposals as an important foundation to understand the period and its social practices. Thus, certain conceptions and practices of power – secular or spiritual – are connected to a series of reproductions that can be verified in the form of heresy and secular piety movements, especially in the urban environment. From this theme, we established the study with a number of sources with their own particularities, though capable of lucrative crossings. This is a legal documentation, from treatise texts, hagiographies, epistles and works of moral edification. With this, we discussed, under a primarily religious scope, the set of rules, practices, and social relations that characterised the period studied.

Professor in charge: Ana Paula Tavares Magalhães Tacconi (apmagalh@usp.br)


Conciliation and contestation: power and politics in the Brazilian Empire

Description: The 19th century in Brazil had as one of its fundamental processes the construction of the national State. To analyse this process in the light of the contemporary historiographical debate means to examine several facets that it assumes in its institutional setting and the manner through which the various social sectors were included or excluded from the decision-making process. Representation, conciliation, and contestation were various forms of participation within the new institutional order. Through Parliament, judiciary, riots, the several social sectors participated in different ways in the conduct of the national policy. A process in which the dynamic of the State was determined by various forms of relationship with the social forces.

Professor in charge: Mônica Duarte Dantas (monicadantas@uol.com.br)


Imperial cultures and circulation of ideas in the Americas (19th century)

Description: The themes of this project’s research will be analysed to understand the intricate and rich world of cultural, political and scientific relations established between Latin America, the United States of America and Western Europe, in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Our sources cover a wide range of materials, printed matter in general, with particular emphasis on cultural magazines, scientific log books, individual memories of travellers and correspondence exchanged between the ‘two worlds.’ With these exciting materials and with innovative approaches of the themes to be listed, we intend to offer texts that contribute to a better understanding of the circulation of men, ideas and cultural productions in Latin America in the delimited period. This project integrates the Thematic Project ‘Culture and politics in the Americas: Circulation of ideas and identities setting (19th and 20th centuries),’ funded by FAPESP.

Professor in charge: Maria Ligia Coelho Prado (lcprado@usp.br)


African elites, the circulation of ideas, and anti-colonial nationalism: 1945-1970

Description: This research refers to African elites of cosmopolitan contexts that for their international circulation participated in a universe of cultural references and common policies, manifest in discourses related to the anti-colonial nationalism formation. More than transitioning elites, we are interested in the ones established in the colonies under Portuguese domination and, therefore, involved in local processes of identity construction and formation of the anti-colonial nationalism. It has as axis the dialogue between Amílcar Cabral, Sekou Touré, Léopold Senghor and Nkrumah, established in international networks in which different meanings of culture, identity, and nation gained attention.

Professor in charge: Leila Maria Gonçalves Leite Hernandez (leila.h@uol.com.br)


Colonial elites (intellectuals and policies) in the 19th and 20th centuries

Description: This research focuses on the African colonial elites that participated in a universe of cultural references and common policies, manifest in discourses related to colonial and national issues. The objective is to discuss the analysis of a set of aspects that make up the historiography of the 3rd Portuguese Empire in Africa, such as: all the instances of constitutive legitimisations of the imperial imaginary and the forms of affirmation in the colonies/overseas provinces, present in the texts produced and/or consumed locally; the oscillation between identities ‘built,’ present in the production of a variety of scriptures and identities ‘experienced,’ in its several forms of manifestation.

Professor in charge: Leila Maria Gonçalves Leite Hernandez (leila.h@uol.com.br)


State and sovereignty: the instruments of consolidation of power

Description: This project aims to study the aspects of the State and the Brazilian Nation foundation regarding the formation and consolidation of the political centre, the elaboration of the instruments of State power, of its extension within a defined territory, the assertion of this power concerning the internal resistances and the opposition from other States. To accomplish this, we are interested in the construction process of the classic pillars of power projection out of the social body: taxation, military, legal system, without neglecting the structuring of institutions capable of producing and disseminating images, ideas, scriptures of the State, of its territorial design and of its organic unit.

Professor in charge: Cecília Helena Lorenzini de Salles Oliveira (psalles@usp.br)


Europe or Asia: the issue of Russian identity in debates between Occidentalists, Slavophiles, and Eurasianists

Description: The question about whether Russia is a country basically European, Asian, Eurasian or a single civilisation has divided the Russians for centuries. These debates about the ‘true’ Russian identity were institutionalised in three main schools of thought: the Occidentalists (who believe that Russia is a basically European country and, therefore, should follow the Western development), the Slavophiles (defend that Russia is neither European nor Asian, but a single civilisation, unique, and therefore must follow its own path), and the Eurasianists (who argue that Russia is a synthesis of Europe and Asia, the principle Slavic European with the principle Asian Turkish-Mongol and their strength comes from this synthesis). The research investigates these debates historically and projects a use of these paradigms to explain the different currents of thought present in Russia today.

Professor in charge: Angelo de Oliveira Segrillo (angelosegrillo@yahoo.com)


Forms of popular religiosity in the Late Middle Ages (11th-14th centuries)

Description: Research Project about ideological and behavioural production related to religious practices in Western Christianity, between the 11th and 14th centuries. The monarchism (11th and 12th) and its important stimuli to the religious activities of the laity; the mendicant orders (13th and 14th), with their work of evangelisation and their set of assumptions about the Evangelical poverty; heresies and popular movements in general between the second half of the 12th century and the first half of the 14th century. The project aims to integrate undergraduate students, performing their Undergraduate Research, in a program sponsored by the Pro-Rectory of Undergraduate Studies, entitled ‘Teaching with Research.’

Professor in charge: Ana Paula Tavares Magalhães Tacconi (apmagalh@usp.br)


History and historiography of the bourgeois revolutions and the republics in the modern West

Description: The project aims to analyse the political discourses in Europe and North America (USA) between the 15th and 20th centuries, as search field. Discourses, however, are addressed either as history (action and/or political practice), or as a thought (idea and/or political theory), or even as historiography (interpretation).

Professor in charge: Modesto Florenzano (modestof@usp.br)


History, politics, and economic thinking: a study of globalisation’s presuppositions

Description: This project aims to stimulate research on the economic, political, cultural and social conditions of the countries of the periphery and semi-periphery with emphasis on Brazil, Africa, and Southern Europe. To discuss the economy and the worldwide contemporary politics from the perspective of History.

Professor in charge: Lincoln Ferreira Secco (lsecco@usp.br)


National and engaged identity in Brazil

Description: This research project aims to map and analyse the cultural policies and the artistic manifestations (music, cinema, theatre, literature) that reflected on the problem of ‘Brazilianism’ and on the socio-political function of art, in the modernisation process of the Brazilian society, having the tension between national-popular identity and the aesthetic prospects of the modernist avant-garde.

Professor in charge: Marcos Francisco Napolitano Eugênio (napoli@usp.br)


Cultural identities and political projects in the American and Iberian world

Description: In this project, we aim to investigate the historical process that propitiated the formation of the Iberian and American identities in their many dimensions - political, cultural, and social. This objective will guide studies that involve intellectual history, the history of social and cultural movements, political history and international relations, and the history of political parties. We start from the view that the creation of national and regional identities has always been intertwined to social and political conflicts and to the disputes around cultural projects. This project integrates the Thematic Project ‘Culture and politics in the Americas: Circulation of ideas and identities setting (19th and 20th centuries),’ funded by FAPESP.

Professor in charge: Maria Helena Rolim Capelato (mhcapelato@terra.com.br)


Printed documents and modernity in Latin America

Description: The research assembled in this project focus on problems concerning the construction of the cultural and political modernity in Latin America between the 19th and 20th centuries. The studies are focused on the role of printed matter as instances that confer meanings and circulate representations about the ongoing transformations, dialoguing with cultural practices and policies that seek to assert themselves through different modern contexts.

Professor in charge: Gabriela Pellegrino Soares (gabriela.pellegrino@terra.com.br)


Modernity and national identity in Mexican and Argentine pictorial production (late 19th/early 20th centuries)

Description: We intend, with this project, to reflect about the dialogue between culture and politics, studying the pictorial production in Argentina and Mexico in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In both countries, the relations between painting and national identity emerge in the analysis of major themes chosen by the artists to perform their works. Since the second half of the 19th century, the indigenous world had a strong presence in Mexican painting, in the same way as the ‘Gauchos’ theme was remarkable in the argentine art, indicating the artists’ concern with identity issues. I am interested in thinking, in the first decades of the 20th century, the thematic changes that occurred and the change to the urban universe synchronised with what was considered ‘modern.’ To this end, in Mexico, I focus on the production of modernist painters (1890-1921) whose relevance has been overshadowed by the subsequent national and international visibility of the muralists. In Argentina, the painters around the Nexus Group, created in 1907, played an important role as synthesisers of discussions about art, modernity, and national identity.

Professor in charge: Maria Lígia Coelho Prado (lcprado@usp.br)


Roman world: a study through ancient historiography

Description: For the development of research that focus on specific topics of the Roman world, I have used Latin and Greek sources relevant to Roman Antiquity, notably for studies on social segments as the Senatorial leadership groups, about the urban peasants and political-institutional aspects related to emerging conflicts. The use of ancient historiography, especially Polybius, Titus Livius, and Cicero, allow the development of co-advised studies which aim at a broad reading of these texts, including the issues raised by the report of each author in the form of narrative construction, within the social and political conditions in which the works were prepared. The reading of epigraphic texts is also being used for the preparation of research on aspects of the Republic and the Augustan period.

Professor in charge: Maria Luiza Corassin (corassin@usp.br)


Nation and identities

Description: The history of formation of Brazil, during the 19th century, was marked by the coexistence of several political projects and different demands of various social sectors. This coexistence has, sometimes, taken the form of conflict, in others, of conciliation. Different projects of nation put in opposition groups within the political elite, the same way in which they established the confrontation between this elite and other social sectors. In this context, the construction of the national State appeared as a central element and the dispute around the institutional profile that it should assume was a constitutive part of the process from which the nation emerged. The objective of this study is to analyse these political projects.

Professor in charge: Márcia Regina Berbel (mberbel@uol.com.br)


The Government of Difference. Political imagination in the Portuguese Empire (1496-1961)

Description: The project The Government of Difference. Political imagination in the Portuguese Empire (1496-1961) proposes to discuss how, between 1496 (decree that ordered the expulsion of Jews of the Kingdom of Portugal) and 1961 (abolition of the political, civil, and penal Statute of indigenous workers), the Government of the different populations of the Portuguese Empire was thought out and debated, legally framed, and narratively materialised both in historical narratives and in ceremonial moments. In other words, this project aims to analyse the political and legal construction of the government of difference and the production and dissemination of written memories and rituals about these experiences. To explain the articulations between inclusive and exclusive perspectives, between the option ‘gently’ or ‘violently,’ which, since the end of the 15th century marked the ‘Government of Difference’ and the legal-political solutions thrust until 1961, concerning the spaces and different social groups, is therefore an important objective of this project. The aim is to identify ways of linking these different perspectives, the way they fed each other, allowing the coexistence of alternative political programmes (and even dissonant ones), the enrichment and complexification of topical encyclopaedias that could be candied and/or redesigned later, configuring and legitimizing new forms of legal-political organisation and new social appropriations. It is important to explain, for example, how the policy proposals that, at first, seemed to defend the dissolution of the difference, resulted in solutions involving more or less explicit forms of hierarchisation between ‘colonisers’ and ‘colonised.’ To what extent did the political and legal universalism, associated with the conversion to Christianity or to the political culture of the Enlightenment, context that defended the natural equality of mankind, and, consequently, the equality of political rights, exemplify this tension between policy proposals and their legal-political implementation? Which legal-political mechanisms were developed with the aim of delaying the implementation of the political and legal statutes that were based on inclusive principles, or that limited or reduced their scope? And how were these tensions demonstrated (and explained) in written and ceremonial narratives of the Empire? Likewise it is important to understand how, from the 19th century on, the emerging concept of race and the natural differences it postulated, challenged the universalist imaginary, valuing, instead, the discourses that were based on principles of differentiation and postulated and unequal society organisation, culminating in the adoption of the political status of the indigenous workers, in 1926. It is also important to understand the ‘relative ease’ with which, after World War II, the belief and the racist policies were called into question by Luso-tropicalism (with its corresponding belief about the special skill of the Portuguese in blending physically and culturally with other populations), boosting a new legal-political inflection, and the consequent abolition of the political status of the indigenous workers in 1961. Having these problematic scenarios as horizon, the themes that will be privileged, diachronically, are two: Civic consciousness in the Empire and Presence of the Empire in the metropolis. These two themes will be explored either from the legal and political frameworks, either from textual and ceremonial narrativisations developed from the 16th century until the 20th century. As the focus in the longue durée will provide a panoramic view on these issues, the team will focus on studies of symptomatic cases and their agents to accept the ideological embodiment of the theory and of the imperial praxis. At the same time, the researchers of the project ‘Government of Difference’ will seek to identify the links between these themes and references of imperial models (such as Roman, Spanish, English, and French), the political cultures of colonial societies and their agents, and natural events that had the power to change or reinforce certain ideological trends (case of liberal revolutions). In addition to the synthesis studies that make available the results of the research to the scientific community, one of the main outputs of the project is a virtual file – which appears in the continuity of the project Ius Lusitaniae (www.iuslusitaniae.fcsh.unl.pt) -, in which relevant documentary series (of legal documentation, but not only) will be made available to the study of these topics.

Professor in charge: Iris Kantor (ikantor@usp.br)


The negotiated Empire: political representation and institutionalisation of the powers in the 19th century in Brazil

Description: To analyse the Brazilian State of the 19th century from the point of view of its institutional organisation. This analysis aims at the operation of the system, focusing on the forms of representation, the different instances and the expressions of the judicial power and, finally, the contested spaces.

Professor in charge: Miriam Dolhnikoff (miriamdk@uol.com.br)


Muslims in the West

Description: The difficult relationship between allochthon immigrants and autochthon populations in the (post-) Christian Europe becomes even more complicated in the case of Muslim minorities. The problems of coexistence produce a range of reflections and social experiences from mutual rejection (xenophoby, fundamentalism...) to attempts of intercultural dialogue and of the internal reformation of Islam. This is a study of the integration of alien groups to the pre-existing national culture, State/religion relation. From the Muslim perspective, we analysed the incompatibility of Islam with liberal principles. From the autochthon perspective, we studied the reactions, such as multiculturalism, Islamophilia vs. Islamophobia. This project has two research sub-lines: a) Western Europe, focusing on the question of how to explain national similarities and differences in the situation of Muslims, including the specificities of the case in the Netherlands compared to the reactions to Muslim immigrants in Belgium and Germany; b) Islam and Muslims and mutual perceptions in Brazil.

Professor in charge: Peter Robert Demant (prdemant@usp.br)


PROIN – integrated project of the State/USP archive. Archives of repression and resistance (DEOPS 2 inventory)

Description: Phase 2 of the project dedicated to digitalise the series DEOPS/SP Dossiers, guarded by the Public Archive of the State of São Paulo. It continues the inventory of charts and research developed from the Thematic Project Fapesp (1999-2004). The project aims to inventory the records and dossiers of the DEOPS FUND /SP with the objective of producing databases and handbooks for researchers interested in the political history of Contemporary Brazil; to rescue from anonymity the political activists of distinct social segments: workers, professionals, women, ethnic and religious groups; to map the printed matter confiscated by the Police of the State of São Paulo (newspapers, leaflets, bulletins, books, booklets etc.).

Professor in charge: Maria Luiza Tucci Carneiro (malutucci@terra.com.br)


Alternative projects of Western and Oriental modernity

Description: We intend to examine various ideological and political projects that constitute some kind of alternative (intellectual or political) to the modernity of the West from the Renaissance and, mainly, from the Enlightenment. From aspects of the advisees’ master projects about Japanese fascism, the vision of female intellectuals under Maoism, alternative concepts of civil society and anarchism in the Spanish Civil War, we will investigate collectively and under different points of view what these projects presented as an alternative (intellectual or political) to the project of enlightened and liberal modernisation that has largely predominated in the West in the last few centuries.

Professor in charge: Angelo de Oliveira Segrillo (angelosegrillo@yahoo.com)


Fifth Empire and national belonging

Description: The last quarter of the 17th century was experienced as a time of internal burst of the Jesuit Province of Brazil: the internal consensus, prevailing for a century and a half, about the need of missionaries to assume the temporal administration of the indigenous villages was contested for the first time, in an organised way, by a dissident group. Antonio Vieira tried to disqualify this internal dispute as a conspiracy of foreign Jesuits that, articulated to the priests of Brazil, were negotiating an agreement with the slave owners of São Paulo against the Portuguese missionaries. From his point of view, such an agreement would, if implemented, be fatal to the Indians (concerning their spiritual salvation as well as their physical existence) and, subsequently, an obstacle to the fulfilment of the Messianic destiny of Portugal in the foundation of the Fifth Empire. In this research, we intend to analyse how national belonging was problematized by different missionaries in Brazil, and particularly by Antonio Vieira, who widely and emphatically explored this theme based on a set of letters written between the late 17th century and early 18th century.

Professor in charge: Carlos Alberto de Moura Ribeiro Zeron (zeron@usp.br)


Political relations in education, culture, and media in Republican Brazil

Description: The project dialogues with the students’ studies for having in common the same theoretical-methodological perspectives. It allows inquiring about the forms of appropriation of the documentary sources and their implications and consequences for the historical production. One of the objectives is to explain how the world representations produced in a given social space are also in the consumption of cultural objects that act as mechanisms of differentiation and segregation among social groups, redefining power relationships, significant ideological conflicts and divergent positions. Politics, however, can be conceived as the dimension of history that assembles the direct relations and the collective living ideals, as well as the real instance in which these experiences are organised with more sharpening, whether concerns the political space, institutionally delimited, the State - whose legal apparatus depends, in large part, on the life in society - whether it refers to the exercise of power by various institutions, including the educational and confessional ones and the media.

Professor in charge: Maria de Lourdes Monaco Janotti (mljanott@usp.br)


Political representation and power in Brazilian Republican history

Description: Analysis of political representations at different spatial and temporal cut-outs and the architecture of power contained in the cities constituted from the Brazilian Republican State from the 19th to the 20th century.

Professor in charge: Ulysses Telles Guariba Netto (uuguariba@femanet.com.br)


Corporate trade unionism and authoritarian regimes: tradition and modernity

Description: This project aims to conduct studies focused on the comparative analysis of Portuguese and Brazilian corporativisms, in authoritarian and anti-liberal regimes, in studies regarding intellectuals and trade union.

Professor in charge: Francisco Carlos Palomanes Martinho (fcpmartinho@gmail.com)


Subjects and goods in the regulatory structures of the Early Middle Ages

Description: This research aims to examine the relationship between subjects and goods in the normative tradition of the Early Middle Ages, particularly in the realm of the Franks between the 6th and 8th centuries. Assuming that it is from the infringement of the law that social and legal rules are constructed, i.e., that the exception constitutes the condition that allows the validity of the legal norm, the analysis of the free legal constructions that attempt to curb and punish the attacks on goods will be the main instrument for the understanding of their relationship with the subjects in the Early Middle Ages. We will examine how the real legislation and the reconciliation elaborated in the Regnum Francorum deal with the combat against theft and robbery of property in the 6th, 7th and 8th centuries. This is not a study about legal history. The focus of this research is the social construction mechanisms of legal standards. In this sense, we focus on the political subject, the one that acts and moves into the public space, its relationship with other subjects and with the public authority. This study proposes, therefore, a reflection on the nature, the borders and the specificities of the public space.

Professor in charge: Marcelo Candido da Silva (candido@usp.br)


Historical time and political transformation: from the Portuguese America to the Empire of Brazil (1750-1831)

Description: The research aims to study the unfoldings, in Portuguese America, of the Brigantine Empire crisis from the second half of the 18th century, as well as factors of its political resolution that, in the first decades of the next century, resulted in the emergence of the Empire of Brazil. More specifically, what we want to discuss is a little known aspect of this general process: its dynamic regarding the rhythms of acceleration or deceleration of the historical time, through the analysis of perceptions and conceptions of time expressed by statesmen, writers, journalists, historians, and other political agents in America during the Portuguese colonisation between, approximately, 1750 and 1831.

Professor in charge: João Paulo Garrido Pimenta (jgarrido@usp.br)


Transits in the Americas: travels and travellers (19th and 20th centuries)

Description: To investigate the travels that departed from the Americas and those directed to the continent, in addition to the ones done among the American countries. To discuss the possible uses of documentation concerning the act of travelling regarding: the materiality of the journey, the implications of the reports’ discursive character, and the possibility of apprehension of the visiting society. Our aim is also to observe trips and travellers in a complex relational perspective, identifying inequalities of power and the unpredictability resulting from the contact.

Professor in charge: Mary Anne Junqueira (maryjunq@usp.br)


Museum of Tolerance

Description: The idea of creating a Museum of Tolerance at the University of São Paulo is to give knowledge to the university community and to the societies of São Paulo and Brazil of the results of the research carried out within the Laboratory of Studies on Intolerance (LEI), of the College of Philosophy, Languages and Literature, and Human Sciences (FFLCH) of USP, led by professors of the Social History Program, who relate to research projects developed in this circumstance. The initiative to create the Museum is inspired on the Museum of Tolerance in the Simon Wiesenthal Center of Los Angeles. The Museum must be a living, interactive and learning space, with the elements necessary to provide material for reflection for both young and adult people. The Museum has the support of the Rectory that will concede a space in the Museum Square of USP and should occupy an area of approximately 5000 m2, where two libraries will work, a film library, an auditorium, galleries for exhibitions and administration rooms. The issuance is being prepared (under the coordination of FAU-USP) for the opening of a national contest for the architectural project.

Professor in charge: Anita Waingort Novinsky (anitano@terra.com.br)