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Ruth Cardoso Professor

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In 2009, CAPES, FAPESP, Columbia University and the Fulbright Commission established a new visiting professorship for Brazilian scholars in honor of the former Brazilian First Lady and renowned sociologist Ruth Cardoso.


Professor Hebbe Mattos visits us from the Department of History at Universidade Federal Fluminense.  Her research is about the construction of slavery and race in Brazil through the analysis of selected personal narratives. The range of narratives extends from seventeenth--‐century letters of Henrique Dias, a black soldier in the war against the Dutch, to contemporary oral--‐history life narratives of the political leadership of the Brazilian new quilombos. She is also an accomplished filmmaker. In collaboration with Martha Abreu, her work has resulted in the production of four documentary films, joined in a DVD collection called Present Pasts, www.labhoi.uff.br/passadospresentes.2. The audiovisual interviews are open to public consultation at the Acervo UFF Petrobras Cultural Memória e Música Negra at LABHOI/UFF, www.labhoi.uff.br/acervo. Along with Martha Abreu and the Scientific Committee of UNESCO, she also organized Slave Route Project, an inventory of one hundred places of memory of slave trade and enslaved African experience in Brazil http://www.labhoi.uff.br/node/1507" target="_blank">(http://www.labhoi.uff.br/node/1507)