Writings and Representations of Education in Portuguese America


  • Thais Nívia de Lima e Fonseca Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais




History of Education, Writings, Representations, Portuguese America


Beyond the analysis of educational processes present in the Luso-American society during the so-called Ancien Régime, it is necessary to focus on then current conceptions of education, and its appropriation by different walks of life in that society. On the Administrative, ecclesiastical, and legal fields, there was significant production of writing and, within it, representations of education characterized by its links with the most influential European intellectual production at the time, but also by the interposition of cultural environments in different parts of Portuguese America and the experiences of subjects in these regions. The objective of this work is the study of such representations of education by analyzing the writings present in the above pointed fields, in situations where the use of education—whatever its form—emerged as a solution to the problems present in the process of inserting America into the Portuguese Empire's context.


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Author Biography

Thais Nívia de Lima e Fonseca, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Thais Nívia de Lima e Fonseca has a degree in History from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and a PhD in Social History from the Universidade de São Paulo. She also conducted post-doctoral studies at the Universidade de Lisboa, at the Universidade Federal Fluminense and at the Universidade de São Paulo. Thais Fonseca has published several articles, books and compilations on History of Education. Her investigations emphasize the study of education in Portuguese America in the eighteenth century and early nineteenth century. She's an Associate Professor at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, within the postgraduate program in Education of that institution.