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IEA Sabbatical Year Program has defined researchers for 2018

by Richard Meckien - published Oct 03, 2017 02:40 PM - - last modified Jun 04, 2019 10:55 AM
Rights: Original version in Portuguese by Fernanda Rezende and Vinicius Sayão.

The group of USP professors participating in the IEA's Sabbatical Year Program in 2018 is already defined. There will be six professors in total, being five with one-year projects and one with a six-month project. The names were announced on September 30 in the Official State Gazette.

After analyzing the projects of 14 candidates, the Board of the IEA selected researchers from the following fields of knowledge: archaeology; performing arts and fashion; history; administration and innovation; law and public policy; and education.

The group is formed by professors Fabíola Andréa Silva, from the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (MAE); Fausto Roberto Poço Viana, from the School of Communications and Arts (ECA); Maria Helena Pereira Toledo Machado, from the Faculty of Philosophy, Languages and Literature, and Human Sciences (FFLCH); Geciane Silveira Porto, from the Faculty of Economics, Administration and Accounting at Ribeirão Preto (FEARP); Diogo Coutinho, from the Faculty of Law (FD); and Gladys Beatriz Barreyro, from the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities (EACH).

USP's president Marco Antonio Zago approved a resolution on June 19, 2015, establishing the Sabbatical Year Program at the IEA, an old aspiration of the Institute.

The selected professors will conduct research at the IEA only, getting relieved of their activities, including teaching, at the unit or organ to which they are linked. Every professor in the exercise of a sabbatical year will have the following duties: to conduct at least one public lecture per semester and to produce a new and original paper or other outcome (book or work of art, for example). In the case of producing a paper, this will be published in the journal "Estudos Avançados" and / or the IEA website.

Selected projects

Diogo Rosenthal CoutinhoDiogo Rosenthal Coutinho (FD-USP)

A professor at the Department of Economic and Financial Law of USP's Faculty of Law, Coutinho will develop the research project 'Uncertainty and legal barriers to innovation in Brazil', which will last 12 months. The project will discuss the roles of law in public policies and public-private relations in the field of innovation in Brazil. It is based on the premise that in order to foster innovation it is necessary to design, structure and articulate legal-institutional arrangements and contractual instruments capable of effectively coordinating key actors such as the State, companies and entrepreneurs, and universities. Coutinho will work with the hypothesis that despite a series of advances in legislation law can still be considered part of the set of "bottlenecks" to innovation in the country. At the end of the research, he intends to produce two academic articles, one in Portuguese and one in English.


Fabíola Andrea Silva - PerfilFabíola Andréa Silva (MAE-USP)

A professor and researcher at USP's Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Silva will conduct research at the IEA for 12 months. With the project 'Ethnography of Archaeology: an Interdisciplinary Study on the Use of Ethnographic Data in the Production of Archaeological Knowledge', she will seek to demonstrate and analyze the contribution of ethnographic practice to the production of archaeological knowledge in the Americas. Her research project is divided into two parts: 1. critical review of the bibliography on the use of ethnographic data and ethnographic practice in archaeological interpretation; 2. enforcement of an ethnographic practice in the context of an archaeological investigation. Silva will seek to understand how ethnography is entangled in archaeological practices, and how ethnographic data has contributed, over time, to archaeological interpretations of materiality.


Fausto Roberto Poço Viana - PerfilFausto Roberto Poço Viana (ECA-USP)

A professor at the Department of Performing Arts of USP's School of Communications and Arts, Viana will carry out the project 'Dressing the contemporary scene: Brazilian clothing from before 1500 until the end of the seventeenth century,' which will last 12 months and is already being developed by him. He will address the identification, creation, modeling and confection of costumes made or woen in Brazil from before 1500 to 1890. The research is focused on the work of the performing arts, notably the creation of scene costumes, both the realistic and the experimental ones, and artistic recreations. The researcher will study the historical background, life in society, fabrics, clothing and suits, trade and production of textiles, if any, different materials and adornments / props used, colors of fabrics, costumes and body painting, forms of sewing and confection of the costumes and categorization in Brazil of that time. During the sabbatical program, Viana intends to organize an electronic portal to organize research data and their products, a sort of a virtual museum.


Geciâne Silveira Porto - PerfilGeciane Silveira Porto (FEARP-USP)

A professor at the Faculty of Economics, Administration and Accounting at USP in Ribeirão Preto, Porto works in the areas of innovation management and entrepreneurship. At the IEA, she will carry out a 12-month research project entitled 'Evolution of cooperation networks and emerging technologies in the biotechnology segments: an application of Ars Dynamics in patents". The study aims to analyze the evolution of the technological efforts of the biotechnology sector in Brazil and in the world, applying the technique of analysis of dynamic social networks to build cooperation networks among companies, universities and research institutes, as well as to map the technological routes that have resulted in the development of patented inventions in the biotechnology segments of these networks. Porto hopes to map the main players, the promising technologies and their target markets in the last 20 years, and to verify the insertion of the Brazilian actors in the respective collaborative networks, which will allow to monitor the trends of emerging technologies.


Gladys Beatriz Barreyro - PerfilGladys Beatriz Barreyro (EACH-USP)

A professor of the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities (EACH), Barreyro works in the area of education, especially with policies and evaluation of higher education, at the global, regional and national levels. She will carry out the six-month research project 'Internationalization of Higher Education: Use of rankings,' which will investigate the impact of the results of Brazilian universities in international rankings, focusing on two institutions: the University of São Paulo (USP) and the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). Among her goals, Barreyro wants to investigate if and what transformations these rankings have generated in institutional identity and in the purposes of teaching, research and extension.


Maria Helena Pereira Toledo Machado - PerfilMaria Helena Pereira Toledo Machado (FFLCH-USP)

A professor at the Department of History of USP's Faculty of Philosophy, Languages and Literature, and Human Sciences (FFLCH), Machado specializes in the social history of slavery, abolition and post-emancipation. At the IEA, she will conduct research with the 12-month project 'The story of a black curator in São Paulo from slavery to post-emancipation (João de Camargo - 1858-1942),' which intends to elaborate a biography of the popular slave-born curator João de Camargo, of Sorocaba, in the countryside of the State of São Paulo, founder of the 'Nosso Senhor do Bonfim da Água Vermelha' Church. The focus is on the recovery of his cult and healing practices, seeking to also understand the reasons that justify the survival of this cult to the present time. Thus, Machado hopes to contribute to the deepening of the understanding in the area of the history of culture and the history of religions, as well as the role played by Afro and Afrodescendent cults in the addressed period.