Culture and Society

Culture and Society Line of Research gathers projects from the six PPGH -UFF   sectors. The transversal themes aim to investigate the plurality of cultural manifestations, their agents and the collective forms of signification and social classification, in a temporal arc that ranges from ancient to contemporary societies. The various cultural phenomena are investigated in this Line of Research, such as different forms of production and realization of rituals, parties, musical and theatrical performances, intellectual creation, temporal forms and experiences, as well as oral and written language uses, among others. Through the textual, visual and oral documents analysis, in various supports – written, pictorial, audiovisual, three-dimensional and virtual testimonies –, the Culture and Society Line of Research maintain itself in narrow contact with other disciplines, such as Anthropology, Archeology, Art History, Literary Theory, Philosophy, Semiotics, among others. This dialogue is currently also carried out with the Digital Humanities field, which has been allowing new space-time frontiers crossing and broadening of research horizon, while working with sociocultural history. The research on cultural practices and representations requires, necessarily, proper approaches and methods. The Research Line has reflection axes from specific objects and multiple perspectives: 1) researches on documents and testimonials, on material culture of a society, its supports and broadcast media, and on cultural meanings of social phenomena; 2) researches about themes and problems addressed by the theory and philosophy of history, the past and present historiographic production, in addition to investigations into the temporalities forms, the approaches and interdisciplinary dialogues, and into the historian social place; 3) the production, circulation, consumption, politics and economy of images (analog and digital) that inform and problematize visual culture, the construction of signs and meanings in distinct visual manifestations and social practices, Visual Studies possibilities and limits; 4) the construction and preservation (or not) of collective memories, cultural centers, patrimonies, museums and collections, including digital; 5) the agency of historical subjects, their conflicts and their identities.