University of São Paulo: Little disseminated, archeology has a fundamental role in the formation of Brazil


On August 31, at 9 am, the Institute for Advanced Studies (IEA), together with the Dean of Research and Innovation (PRPI), both from USP, will promote the event Contemporary Investigative Journeys: Archaeological Discipline between Interdisciplinarity and the Cultural Heritage . The event will be broadcast live on the institute’s website and will be led by Vagner Carvalheiro Porto, professor of the Graduate Program in Archeology at the Museum of Archeology and Ethnology (MAE) at USP. In his view, the event is an opportunity to approach the history of Brazil and its cultural heritage from the perspective of archeology.

The debate will revolve around cultural heritage and the interdisciplinarity of archeology, since it is a science that dialogues with history, geography and other human sciences. In addition, the guests intend to discuss references to local, regional and global identities and the rescue of the memory of different social groups.

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Invited archaeologists will present research methods in cultural heritage, including the possibility of crossing historical, archaeological and literary sources. They are: Lúcia Cardoso Juliani, managing partner of the archeology consultancy A Lasca Arqueologia, as well as Paula Nishida, supervisor of the São Paulo Archeology Center, Carla Gibertoni Carneiro, educator at MAE, and Maria Cristina Nicolau Kormikiari, professor at the MAE and researcher at the Laboratory of Studies on Ancient City.

In the program, each guest must discuss a subject of their specialty within the scope of archaeology. Paula Nishida will talk about the importance of Parque Augusta, one of the first archaeological parks in São Paulo; Carla Gibertoni will reflect on the importance of the collection of the USP Archeology Museum, in the midst of research, teaching and the dissemination of knowledge; and Lúcia Juliani will deal with the archaeological excavations, not only in the technical scope, but also in terms of their quality of heritage of the city.

“We will have an opportunity to make the public outside USP know what archeology does in our country”, says Vagner Porto.

The action is part of the IEA-USP Gap Year Program . It brings together six researchers who withdrew for a year to deepen their research. After this period, his productions are shown in the events of the Contemporary Investigative Journeys . They take place between August 30th and September 1st, making theoretical, methodological and practical discussions about ongoing research projects.

In addition, it is also part of the USP Pensa Brasil program , another event that seeks to disseminate and democratize knowledge at the University. It started on August 29, with 60 activities spread over five days of conferences, debates, panels, exhibitions, artistic activities and the launch of unpublished publications. According to Porto, all the research carried out in the Contemporary Investigative Journeys are ways of “thinking about Brazil”. In the case of Archeological Discipline between Interdisciplinarity and Cultural Heritage , the professor believes that the event will serve to “think Brazil through the context of archeology”.

The IEA event will be free, on August 31, from 9 am to 12 pm, with live broadcast on the institute’s website . The participating public may send questions by e-mail to the institution after the debate. It is not necessary to register.

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