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The construction of a history for Brazil from São Paulo: rationale for a research problem

Grant number: 19/23183-0
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2020
Effective date (End): March 09, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - Theory and Philosophy of History
Principal Investigator:Karina Anhezini de Araujo
Grantee:Karina Anhezini de Araujo
Host: Armelle Jeanne Enders
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Humanas e Sociais (FCHS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Franca. Franca , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Institut d’Histoire du Temps Présent (IHTP), France  

Abstract

The present research proposal, inserted in the field of History of Historiography studies, aims to accomplish abroad a first stage of a larger project that has as its main problem of analysis the invention of São Paulo by historiography. The objective is to build analytical tools and promote the bibliographic and documentary update necessary to support the work that will seek to analyze the writing of history that defined São Paulo as an object of study in the first half of the twentieth century. By analyzing the emergence of an object of knowledge and a space of power, São Paulo, the larger project aims to understand how an archive of utterances capable of creating truths about this region and its inhabitants was created, leading to the creation of specialized knowledge, called Bandeirologia. The documentary corpus selected for this analysis was based on the classification made by Sérgio Buarque de Holanda, who, when elaborating a list of authors that would define historical thinking in Brazil in the first half of the twentieth century, identified that there had been an "outbreak of studies on the São Paulo past". In addition, it will also be analyzed the book 'Curso de Bandeirologia' in order to understand the formulation of this specialty of studies defined in 1946. This research is guided by the hypothesis that this historiography built a "bandeirante rhetoric" capable of making believe in the special abilities of this people and this territory. The problem formulated by this research will benefit from a theoretical deepening from the attendance to seminars offered by the Institut d'Histoire du Temps Présent and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, as well as the documentary and bibliographic survey to be carried out at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal and the Bibliothèque Sainte-Genèviève, as well as the intellectual exchanges developed under the supervision of Armelle Enders, a specialist in the study of Brazilian history and historiography, in the aspects that I intend to ground the present research, and knowledgeable of the French collections. (AU)