Fernando dos Santos Baldraia Sousa

Fernando dos Santos Baldraia Sousa
Image Credit: © Fernando dos Santos Baldraia Sousa

International Research Training Group "Between Spaces"

Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalisation

PhD Candidate

Field of Activity

Project: “Spaces of a ‘Space Between’: the 'Black Atlantic' in the recent Brazilian Historiography of Slavery”

Address Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin
Email fbaldraia@yahoo.com.br

Since 11/2012

PhD Candidate of the International Research Training Group “Between Spaces"

2010 - 2012

Student assistant at the Brazil Research Center of the Institute for Latin American Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin

2010 - 2012

Scholarship holder of the Rosa-Luxemburg Foundation

2009 - 2012

MA degree in Latin American Studies at the Institute for Latin American Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin

1997 - 2004

Bachelor degree in History at the University of São Paulo (USP)

"Spaces of a ‘Space Between’: The Black Atlantic in the recent Brazilian historiography of Slavery"

 


Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa (FU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Stefan Rinke (FU Berlin)


 

This project consists essentially of a theoretical reflection about the analytic potential of Paul Gilroy’s concept of “Black Atlantic” regarding the field of theory of history. Furthermore, it comprises an analysis of the diffusion of this concept within the recent Brazilian historiography of slavery. The study will be developed in three closely related stages. First, the implications of Gilroy’s theorization of modernity will be examined in relation to theory of history. This step constitutes the foundation for the following analysis of the recent Brazilian historiography of slavery. Here, the aim is to investigate in what ways the perspective of the “Black Atlantic” has been effectively contributing to a radical deconstruction of essentialist ethnic identities and of the nation-state as unit of historical analysis. Finally, based on this evaluation, the role of historians and of historical knowledge will be discussed in the context of the social-political legitimization of “Between Spaces”.

 

Reviews

Books

  • (2004), ‘Cultura do medo’, Review of the book: Malaguti Batista, Vera: O Medo na cidade do Rio de Janeiro, in: Speculum (electronic magazine).

  • (2004), ‘Pode haver um único responsável?’, Review of the book: Pilger, John: The new rulers of the world, in: Speculum (electronic magazine)

  • (2005), ‘A Cabeça sem favela’, Review of the book: Eduardo Soares, Luiz; MV Bill; Athaide, Celso: Cabeça de porco, in: Speculum (electronic magazine)

  • (2006), ‘Não somos racistas. Nem tolos’, Review of the book Kame, Ali: Não somos racistas, in: Speculum (electronic magazine)

Music

  • (2006), ‘Os Racionais MC’s e a raça’, Essay about the hip hop group from São Paulo Racionais MC’s, in: Speculum (electronic magazine)

Movies

  • (2005), ‘O mal-estar do prisioneiro’, Review of the films ‘Prisioneiro da Grade de Ferro’ and ‘Carandiru’, both about the prison system in Brazil, in: Speculum (electronic magazine).

  • (2005), ‘Inevitável anti-americanismo’, Review of the film ‘The last Samurai’, in: Speculum (electronic magazine).

  • (2005), ‘Meditações Bárbaras’, Review of the film ‘The Barbarian Invasions’, in: Speculum (electronic magazine).