Study on black intellectuality, slavery and African heritage receives grant from Rio de Janeiro Research Foundation

By means of a transatlantic perspective, the research aims to examine the production of these black intellectuals, pointing out their similarities and differences with respect to past slavery in Brazil, the United States and Cuba.
Social Sciences
25 September 2018
Study on black intellectuality, slavery and African heritage receives grant from Rio de Janeiro Research Foundation

Ynaê Lopes dos Santos, a professor from FGV’s School of Social Sciences (CPDOC), received a grant from the 2018 Young Scientist of Our State program of the Rio de Janeiro Research Foundation (FAPERJ), with the project “Intelligenza Negra nas Américas. Escravidão e herança africana nas obras de Manuel Querino, W.E.B  Dubois e Lino Dou Allión” [Black Intellectuality in the Americas. Slavery and African heritage in the works of Manuel Querino, W.E.B. Dubois and Lino Dou Allión].

The project aims to analyze the work of three black American intellectuals and their writings about slavery in the past and the African heritage of their societies. Manuel Querino, W.E.B. Du Bois, Lino Dou Allión were black men whose paths were marked by intellectual production in a moment when the American intellect faced debates about race, eugenics and national identity. Producing counter-hegemonic narratives, these three intellectuals proposed a distinct look on the black element and their African heritage in the national construction of their respective countries.

By means of a transatlantic perspective, the research aims to examine the production of these black intellectuals, pointing out their similarities and differences with respect to past slavery in Brazil, the United States and Cuba.

Ynaê Lopes dos Santos holds a PhD in Social History from USP and researches the history of the Americas; slavery in the Americas; history of Africa; history of monarchical Brazil; slavery in Brazil; memory of slavery; historical teaching and Atlantic history; racial-ethnic relations; racism and anti-racism. At CPDOC, she coordinates the Laboratory for Ethnic-Racial Studies.