Livro: Desafios e caminhos da teoria e história da historiografia – 2012

A Sociedade Brasileira de Teoria e História da Historiografia (SBTHH) acaba de lançar o primeiro volume da Coleção Concurso SBTHH (2012). O livro está dividido em três partes, referentes às diferentes categorias de trabalhos submetidos ao concurso: teoria, história da historiografia geral e história da historiografia brasileira. Tenho alegria em compartilhar o link para o download da obra onde o meu humilde trabalho de monografia foi premiado e comparece na parte de História da Historiografia Geral, sob o título Historiografia em rede: história, internet e novas mídias: preocupações e questionamentos para historiadores do século XXI.

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Dedico o prêmio e o trabalho à memória do Prof. Manoel Luiz Salgado Guimarães, de quem a saudade costuma apertar mais forte nesses finais de Abril. Obrigada ao Prof. Manoel e todos os professores envolvidos na minha formação, e claro, na elaboração e avaliação deste concurso, que agora nos presenteia com a reunião desses trabalhos tão frescos, cheios de vontade de descobrir o “fazer história”. Obrigada à Profa. Andrea CasaNova Maia, por não me deixar engavetar aquela ideia em 2010 e ao Prof. Dilton Maynard por me ajudar a escrever outros capítulo de 2012 a 2014.

TransVersos – Chamada para artigos sobre História Pública

Extra! Extra! Revista TransVersos prepara dossiê “História Pública: escritas contemporâneas de História”

Reproduzo abaixo o texto para a chamada para artigos:

Vivemos em uma época de crescente interesse pela história. Cada vez mais, o conhecimento histórico é chamado à produção de significados sobre a contemporaneidade, seus problemas, suas questões, impondo ao profissional de história a afirmação de seu caráter público. Para além da pesquisa historiográfica, a história se faz viva em espaços/configurações múltiplos, nem sempre aceitos ou discutidos no ambiente acadêmico: salas de aula – produzindo um tipo de conhecimento específico e dialogando com a cultura escolar; museus – com suas diferentes cores e formas de pensar a exposição do conhecimento histórico na atualidade -; produção midiática – muito além dos telejornais e suas notícias -; novelas históricas; filmes e documentários; comemorações – e suas rememorações -; encenações históricas realizadas por diferentes sujeitos sociais (re-enactments and living history); ambientes digitais – sites, blogs, podcasts e games, por exemplo; nos movimentos sociais e no desenvolvimento de políticas públicas, dentre outras formas.

O diálogo da historiografia com estas e outras searas produtoras e divulgadoras de conhecimento histórico fornece, às comunidades e aos sujeitos interessados no fortalecimento de laços identitários, discussão e reflexão acerca da subalternidade ou do empoderamento de determinados grupos/interesses, subsídios básicos para ações políticas, sociais, culturais e, por que não, acadêmicas, que auxiliam a tessitura do exercício da cidadania. Por esse motivo, a Revista TransVersos propõe a organização de um dossiê reunindo trabalhos de pesquisa e práticas de profissionais de história e historiadores não profissionais (oriundos de outras áreas de conhecimento ou de diferentes espaços da organização social) que busquem construir/refletir os temas e problemas envolvidos na noção de História Pública, entendida como um conhecimento pluridisciplinar, atento às diferenças e desigualdades que tencionam os processos sociais contemporâneos.

Os artigos devem ser enviados para a plataforma da TransVersos – http://www.e-publicacoes.uerj.br/index.php/transversos/about/submissions – até o dia 31 de maio.

Espalhem!

International Conference “Luso-luxemburguês? Research on Portuguese migration in Luxembourg” (19-20 February 2016)

I am so happy to announce this conference, starting tomorrow. I might say it was a great, indeed intensive, but wonderful experience to be engaged together with Thierry Hinger (UniLU / IPSE, CDMH), Nicolas Graf (CDMH) and other colleagues from CDMH and UniLu in the organization of such a conference. A detailed post on the developments of this conference might come very soon! I am very excited about meeting so many experts on the field and particularly interest in listening the participants of the actiivty “Conte a sua história” (Tell your story).

All invited!

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The conference “Luso-Luxemburguês?”, co-organized by the Documentation Centre for Human Migrations (CDMH) and the University of Luxembourg, in collaboration with several institutions and associations, is a first initiative that brings together researchers at international level currently working on Portuguese migration in Luxembourg. The public is warmly invited to participate in debates.

Simultaneous translation will be provided: French – English / English – French

FIRST DAY: Friday, 19th February 2016

14h00 – 14h15

Welcome and opening words

14h15 – 17h00

Session 1 : Growing and aging in migration

Moderation: José Carlos Marques, CICS.NOVA.IPLeiria

17h15 – 17h30

Research on migration in Luxembourg

Presentation of www.cdmh.lu/recherche

Thierry HINGER, CDMH, & Anita LUCCHESI, Univ. of Luxembourg, IPSE

SECOND DAY: Saturday, 20th February 2016

9h30 – 12h00

Session 2 : The comings and goings of the Portuguese in Luxembourg and diverse political issues

Moderation: Adrien THOMAS, LISER

14h30 – 16h00

Session 3 : “Conte a sua história”: a microphone open to the “comunidade portuguesa no Luxemburgo”

Moderation: Jozefien DE BOCK, Ghent University

Conclusion by José Carlos Marques, CICS.NOVA.IPLeiria

16h30-18h00

“Conte a sua história”: recording testimonies

Here the collective of researchers on Portuguese immigration stops to listen to the community itself. This activity was inspired by the practice of public history, increasingly using digital and audiovisual resources in projects built with specific communities, sharing with them historian-researcher authority. This moment within the session “Tell your story” was planned to give way to the testimonies of Portuguese attending the conference that might wish to talk about their life experiences. Therefore, all of the Portuguese community in Luxembourg is invited to participate, regardless of age, profession, or date of arrival in the Grand Duchy. Other migration experiences are equally welcome. The microphone will be open to everyone!

 

Full program:

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Please, register by e-mail: info@cdmh.lu – participation is free.

I need a Digital Research Tool to…

Oftentimes, when I mention that I study Digital History to people that are not working on it,  I get questions on some computer tricks. Everybody wants to make things faster and easier, and there is an assumption that digital tools can  bring (or should bring) a solution for almost everything. Doesn’t matter if the subject of study is “digital related” or not, if tools cannot solve problems, it can be misunderstood as if those “digital fancy things” are not really great for nothing in humanities/history realm. And, suddenly, these people interest seems to disappear. “If it has no utility, them we don’t need it”, at least, in the immediatist point of view.

However, there are a bunch of tools that can help historians in their daily work. Of course, I don’t know all of them, and that’s why, many times, I feel unprepared to answer this kind of question. Anyway, before searching for a tool, one needs to know for what purpose she or he needs a tool.

Cleaning my Favorites bookmarks, the other day, I came across a link of the American Historical Association with useful references for Getting Started in Digital History. Among literature and projects, I found (again) this directory of tools:

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Digital Research Tools

If you are not familiarized with what can be done with tools and if you don’t really know the needings of your own research, it might be not so useful, but you can always jump on it, look for some reviews on specific tools you like, search for online tutorials and play with it.

It doesn’t mean that one needs to believe in some sort of technological solutionism, as criticized by Evgeny Morozov, and lose his/her time surfing the web endlessly, looking for the perfect tool, or trying to learn how to use it only for the sake of using it, because it’s hype. I believe it’s more about seeing the meaningful connections between the human and the machine work in one research, and try to figure out which kind of questions can be answered with this hybrid conjunction, mankind and computers, tradition and new technologies… Perhaps, it can turn out not only that is possible to answer X or Y question in a different way, favoring new approaches, but also be insightful for the proposition of new questions.

It’s is not a matter of changing the whole tool box of historians for a very new brand digital thing. But how to associate what we already know from our craft to the assistance those digital things can give to us.

One important exercise, is trying to not create a natural opposition between (digital) technologies and the humanists (and historians) work. Federica Frabetti has discussed the resonances of such complicated assumption in DH in her Rethinking the Digital Humanities in the Context of Originary Technicity (2011). After showing that the utilitarian mode of technology has been dominating the Western thoughts for almost three thousand years, as an Aristotelian heritage, according to  Timothy Clark, she did a strong call for critical thinking on it. She emphasized the needing for questioning “the model(s) of rationality on which digital technologies are based” while importing it to digital humanities. Such reflection on the digitality, which I very much like, could hopefully show that technology and humanities are not separated, or opposed. Rather, they can be (are) complementary. Frabetti developed an interesting argument on it, bringing together different philosophical views on technicity/technology and knowledge. In dialogue with Derrida, she argues that “dissociation between thought and technology is – as is every other binary opposition – hierarchical, since it implies the devaluation of one of the two terms of the binary”.

A second good exercise is forgetting about that perfect tool. In another opportunity, Max Kemman wrote that “no tool can do all research for you(2015), collecting his notes from the second edition of DHBenelux conference, last year, in Antwerp, Belgium (By the way, the third edition will be held next June, in Belval, and the call for proposals is here, closing 31 Jan 2016). His impression on that conference echoes my perception on the Trier Digital Humanities Autumn School 2015, co-hosted by Trier University and the University of Luxembourg. Concernings on tools were almost omnipresent in the lectures during that week, starting with the first speaker:

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Thaller’s warning is a great north. However, a relative ignorance can make people be afraid of trying. As Andreas Fickers pointed out we need to be playful with those tools, use the digital without fear of taking risks, because research is about taking risks. As Claudine Moulin said in her opening words of this Autumn School the time for testing has come, but bear in mind Thaller’s reminder. You don’t need to avoid the tools because you don’t know them, dedicate yourself to understand it and learn something. If at the end of the day you do not find that it was useful to you, some knowledge will remain out of your tests. Maybe, that is not the right tool; maybe you will need to search for another one, or just other(s) to combine. Tools can also be complementary among them. You just need to understand what you need and try to find which (one, two or more) work better for your case.

As Kemman also noticed  in the same blog post: “While DH loves to develop tools, tools do not always reach their potential adoption by the target audience”. Apropos, Kemman and Martijn Kleppe presentation on user research in digital humanities  (and its value for developing tools) at Benelux 2015, showed that “due to the many unique and out-of-scope user requirements, […] there is a tension between the specificity of scholarly research methods, and generalizability for a broader applicable tool.”.

Moral of the history? First, know your needings and, if you do not know a tool, don’t be afraid to try it, one or more of them. Study it, learn about it, play with it. And, if you do not like it, or if you like but think it could work differently, search for alternatives. But, most important: share your experiences with other colleagues and, if possible, do write a review on the tools you have used. It must be useful for others like you and also for those who work developing it.

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But critically. And be happy!

I hope the Digital Research Tool will be of help for some.

Soon I must be posting on the tools I will use on my research.😉

 

Migration/Immigration Network of the SSHA (Chicago, November 17-20, 2016)

Reposting a CFP from H-Migration

CFPs: Migration Network of the Social Science History Association (SSHA)

41st Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association

Date and Location: Chicago, Illinois, November 17-20, 2016

Conference Theme: “Beyond Social Science History: Knowledge in an Interdisciplinary World”

Submission Deadline: February 20th, 2016

The SSHA is the leading interdisciplinary association for historical research in the US; its members share a common concern for interdisciplinary approaches to historical problems. The organization’s long-standing interest in methodology also makes SSHA meetings exciting places to explore new solutions to historical problems. We encourage the participation of graduate students and recent PhDs as well as more-established scholars, from a wide range of disciplines and departments.

We hereby invite you to submit panels, papers, and posters related to the theme of migration widely defined for the forthcoming conference on“Beyond Social Science History: Knowledge in an Interdisciplinary World” in Chicago. We encourage submissions on all aspects of social science history. Submission of complete sessions and interdisciplinary panels are especially welcome.

The Migration Network is one of the largest and most active networks at the SSHA. This year’s theme focusing on interdisciplinary historical studies and that ways in which disciplinary boundaries have stretched to integrate new methodologies, data, tools from the physical and biological sciences, as well as literature, arts, medicine and technology offers especially rich opportunities for migration scholars.

We are seeking submissions that address the topics below. Related subjects and new ideas are also welcome: 

  • Refugees, Public health and the Law
  • Public Policy and Refugees
  • Refugees and the “European Crisis”
  • Gendering of Mobility: Refugees, Labor Migrants, Family unification
  • Migration, Mobility and Environmentalism (epidemiology public health, climate change)
  • Migration and the Digital Humanities
  • Forced and Free Migrations
  • Migration history in the Public Sphere
  • Narratives of Migration: Oral Histories and Storytelling
  • Emotions and Migration
  • Citizenship and the Law: Forms of Inclusion (birthright) and Forms of Deportation
  • Migration and Diplomacy
  • Migrants, Refugees and Grassroots politics
  • War and Migration
  • History, Memory and the shaping of Contemporary Migration Debates
  • Migration Scholars as Public Intellectuals
  • Teaching Migration: National Differences or Disciplinary Challenges

We are now accepting conference submissions for the 2016 SSHA Annual Conference.  You may login to submit a panel or paper directly at (http://ssha.org). Individuals who are new to the SSHA need to create an account prior to using the online submission site. Please keep in mind that if your panel is accepted, every person on the panel has to register for the conference. Graduate students are eligible to apply for financial support to attend the annual meeting (see http://www.ssha.org/grants).

Please feel free to contact the Migration Network Representatives for comments, questions, assistance creating a panel or for help with submissions:

Marina Maccari-Clayton (mmaccari@utk.edu)

Gráinne McEvoy (mcevoygr@gmail.com)

Linda Reeder (ReederLS@missouri.edu)

Dispersed thoughts on egodocuments

Anne Frank - 80th birth anniversary

– Image by © ADE JOHNSON/epa/Corbis

What if the refugees of nowadays, whether from Syria or any part of the globe, keep diaries that could be used for historians in the near future to tell the story of their fleeing affliction over the so called “refugees crisis”? Would they have become iconic figures of their wars and suffering? Would they have got the right to own a house in new nation? Would they have been translated in other languages? Would people cry on their accounts? There would be movies and museums for them? Would they have earned a NAME?

Just some foolish questions while reading a text that recalls what the Amsterdam historian Jacques Presser* has written in 1947 about Anne Frank [and her diary]: she was a stateless refugee when she died. As well remarked in The Diaries of Anne Frank – Research – Translation – Critical Edition project description: Around the world, many children and teenagers have read and are still reading editions of Anne´s diaries—either at school or in private. In the biography of many readers, as well as in national commemorative cultures, the engagement with the war and the Holocaust began with the diary of Anne Frank. It became a symbol.
*Presser coined the controversial neologism of “egodocument”, which at that time, was the body of sources of main interest to him: autobiographies, diaries, letters…. “those documents in which an ego deliberately or accidentally discloses or hides itself”.

Ref.:

Dekker, Rudolf. ‘Jacques Presser’s Heritage: Egodocuments in the Study of History’, in Memoria y Civilización 5 (2002), pp. 13-37.
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For more publications on egodocuments, see the Center for the Study of Egodocuments and History

Minha Pesquisa no Café História TV

Recentemente conversei com o Bruno Leal do Café História sobre a Minha Pesquisa. Primeira vez em que falo da minha pesquisa de doutorado aqui na Universidade de Luxemburgo. Bom papo sobre História Digital, História Pública, historiografia, imigração portuguesa e italiana em Luxemburgo. Mais uma vez, obrigada Bruno pelo convite.

2015. A visual epilogue

Edgardo Catalán; "Palimpsesto", Acuarela, 47x38 cms. 1998.

Edgardo Catalán; “Palimpsesto”, Acuarela, 47×38 cms. 1998.

The long 2015 year is almost ending and the feeling of retrospectives comes over, even if I (We, mortal historians) know the calendar is only a convention (but a very strong convention).

I liked this Palimpsest painting from the Chilean artist Edgardo Catalán to resume my year, but opening other windows. I came across it when looking for some visual references on mosaic and palimpsest concept, while thinking on a paper I am writing for the XIXth International Oral History Conference (2016, Bengalore). I’ve got surprised because I started to write this retrospective and I got to an article written by Sergio Rojas on Catalán’s work, which title and subtitle are/were pretty expressive and meaningful for the right moment in which I am writing this blog post. Yet, the epigraph and as well as the first lines of the text catched me in a pungent, emotional way:

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Serendipity, I thought. Not only the word of “retrospective” was there, but the epigraph on Ithaca (which I highly recalled on my first post the PhD research diary, starting this year), and the beautiful description of such an artistic work that gets to bring together, visually, all the enchanting voices of memory. And I was so grateful to Dr. Google today for giving me the pleasure of this synesthetic experience in a matter of minutes.

I enjoy the catharsis effect of those coincidences and self-identification. It is very soothing and rewarding that an artistic piece, even when the eye contact is digitally mediated, can bring you to a certain point of release.  Now I got this feeling that I should get a flight to Chile and come to meet Catalán and his painted poetics in person. Ok, one more thing for my to-do list of dreams.

By now, I just would like to share with you (who are you, my presumed readers?) this awe-inspiring piece that, somehow, resume my year, both in the sense of summarizing its multiples layers, but also the in resuming function of re-starting something that have been paused. So I hope now, after settling down at a new University, in a new Country, with new and amazing colleagues, I will be able to continue my life, smoothly, from January on, back to my sanity, after all moving stress and adaptation.

Happy “everything”, people!

E schéine Chrëschtdag an e glécklecht neit Joer!

Bonne Fête!

Feliz Natal e um ótimo Ano de 2016 para todos nós!

I wish history can keep being passionate and surprising to us in 2016. Let’s hope, mankind will do it better.

Ps: Just thinking that this image could also be a good prologue for 2016. Thanks, Edgardo Catalán! Things keep being connected ans sinergic.🙂

Em cada escola uma revolução. E o Governo de SP prepara uma guerra contra estudantes

Estou acompanhando com muita admiração o movimento dos estudantes de São Paulo contra a Reorganização Desorganização. Estou aprendendo muito com eles. Pelas últimas atualizações que tive acesso, já são 209 escolas ocupadas, vejam aqui o mapa criado por eles, traz as ocupações ativas em tempo real.
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Não são bobos, não.

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São irreverentes e muito, muito vivos.

O movimento supera o significado de “educativo” que a gente está acostumado no conteúdo programático das escolas. E, para saudar esse momento histórico do movimento estudantil, que já extrapolou a denominação de secundarista – ampliado, envolvendo pais, professores, funcionários e outros estudantes – o Estado prepara para esta semana um enfrentamento de GUERRA contra as ocupações da escolas em SP, conforme denúncia feita pelos Jornalistas Livres,  através do áudio abaixo, vazado de uma reunião que aconteceu ontem entre 40 dirigentes de ensino e braço direito do secretário Herman:

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Eles são jovens e estão aprendendo da melhor forma, na base do “aprender fazendo”,  o que significa autogestão, contestação, protesto, direito e luta. Eles organizam atividades (saraus, rodas de capoeira, debates com convidados, oficinas e até show...) dividem as tarefas cotidianas (usam espaços de horta para plantar, cozinham, limpam, organizam doações para manter a ocupação…), propõem pauta, dialogam. Eles têm aquele sonho, aquela força e acreditam na mudança.

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Sagazes.

Não têm medo. E não estão dispostos a sair no grito e na chantagem. Até agora, não teve arrego mesmo! Torço para que a guerra não arrebente ferindo ninguém desse lado – que já não é o “lado mais fraco” há muito tempo, ao menos não nas ideias. Mas a Polícia Militar tem armas, o Estado tem uma mídia vendida para tentar desmoralizar as ocupações e ainda por cima existe uma penca de diretores e diretoras fantoches, gente “de confiança” do Alckmin e do secretário para tocar o terror. Essa semana o caldo vai engrossar porque o Chuchu quer fazer a reorganização na base do decreto, de qualquer jeito. Desejo, do com toda força, que esses meninos e meninas continuem firmes e não se machuquem. Aconteça o que acontecer, as ocupações já são um movimento vitorioso. E talvez, com uma vitória muito mais importante que “simplesmente” (embora não seja nada simples) empacar a reorganização. Eles fizeram e estão fazendo muito mais. Nesse ritmo, a certeza que me fica é: AMANHÃ VAI SER MAIOR.
A charge feita por Laerte, é só uma pequena mostra de como a ocupação não se limita a educar dentro dos muros da escola. Laerte, que aliás, também esteve lá conversando com alunos.
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Acompanhem mais notícias na página Não fechem minha escola, no Facebook, que já é acompanhada por mais de 92 mil pessoas. Todas as fotos do post eu peguei “emprestadas” de lá.
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Força, galera!