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The debates on race and class by communist intellectuals: prints and networks of sociability in Brazil (1937-1957)

Grant number: 19/09513-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2020
Effective date (End): December 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - History of Brazil
Principal Investigator:Marisa Midore Deaecto
Grantee:Geferson Santana de Jesus
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The present research proposal aims to analyzing the performance of Bahian communist intellectuals Jorge Amado, Edison Carneiro and Aydano do Couto Ferraz around a Brazilian Communist Party (Partido Comunista do Brasil or PCB) agenda regarding debates on racial and class issues in Brazil between 1937 and 1957. We will start from printed publications (books, magazines and newspapers) to understand the ideas that circulated in the country's publishing market. We will also map the networks of sociability that the subjects of the research were members between the 1930s and 1950s: Afro-Brazilian Union of Sects (União das Seitas Afro-Brasileiras), II Afro-Brazilian Congress in Salvador (II Congresso Afro-Brasileiro em Salvador), Black Experimental Theater (Teatro Experimental do Negro or TEN) and other institutions or places which circulated as newsrooms, cafes, bars and literary associations. In order to strengthen our documentary corpus, we will make use of several sources, besides the printed ones, such as letters exchanged between the subjects of the research and important intellectuals of the period such as Arthur Ramos and Mario de Andrade. We undertake a careful selection of biographies and autobiographies on the political-intellectual performance of the Bahian militants. We also sought to understand how the Communists organized their memoirs about the party and the various debates that permeated their agenda. (AU)

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