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A study of the political and cultural black association: Associação Cultural do Negro (1954-1976)

Grant number: 14/24650-7
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: March 01, 2015 - February 28, 2017
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology - Other specific Sociologies
Principal Investigator:Mário Augusto Medeiros da Silva
Grantee:Mário Augusto Medeiros da Silva
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


The central idea of this project is to discuss the political and cultural associations of black activists, between 1950 and mid 1970. The main primary source of research is the documentary collection of the Associação Cultural do Negro [ACN] (1954-1976), important collective of black intellectuals and activists, based in São Paulo and little knowledge for the professional literature. There are correspondence and official documents that allow to reconstruct aspects of your formative everyday, ideas, debates and dialogue with different subjects and social spheres, blacks and non-blacks in Brazil and abroad. There are relations with the history of the Paulista sociology, since some members of the ACN were collaborators of the research or partners of Florestan Fernandes, Roger Bastide, Octavio Ianni and others. Considering the lack of systematic study of this association and lack of discussions on this type of black associations in Brazil, and its possible international links with the debates on Négritude, Pan-Africanism, anti-colonial struggles etc. - We intend to conduct study on the formation and composition of the ACN to understand how, between 1956 and 1964, the scarcity of its resources, it managed to become a reference for different interests, nationally and internationally. But also, given its importance, which led to decline in the next decade, closing its doors, after changes and complications in 1976. With this, the aim is to contribute to the sociological debate with regard to studies of Social Thought, study of racialized social relations and the history of black political and cultural associations in Brazil. (AU)