Maria Fernanda Ribeiro Cunha

Doctoral Guest Researcher (Research Grant Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)

Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
May 2024–July 2024
Fluminense Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Title of current research project: "Construction of the Class Suspicion and Compulsory Labor from the Terms of Well-Living (Brazil, 1870–1890)"
Ribeiro Cunha
© Maria Fernanda Ribeiro Cunha

Academic Profile

My project aim is to invest arguments and research into the construction of class suspicion in Brazil, in the face of the increased guarantees of freedom from the 1870s onwards, during the Second Reign. Studies on idleness and class suspicion have found great acceptance in Brazilian historiography. However, it is possible to see the focus on the republican period in the study of the criminalization of idleness. When thinking about the compulsory work as the main argument in the fight against idleness, it is important to note the changes brought about by the Free Womb Law of 1871, in the sense of the emancipation of enslaved workers and the concern with the the logic of exploitation by the landlord class. 

since 2022
PhD in History, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói, Brazil, Supervisor: Paulo Cruz Terra

M.A. in History, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thesis: "Newspaper column, jail grid: the nineteenth century invention of the dangerous classes in termos de bem viver (1870–1890)," Supervisor: Leonardo Affonso de Miranda Pereira

B.A. in History, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, Brazil

Articles in Scientific Journals

  • 2023. "Em posse de liberdade." In Revista Discente Ofícios de Clio 7: 30–45.
  • 2022. "Entre fronteiras invisíveis: criminalidade e imigração de homens e mulheres nos limites da Corte (1870–1890)." In CONTRAPONTO 10: 128–140. 
  • 2018. "Characters and profiles, between fiction and history: an analysis of oitocentist women in O primo Basílio." In REVISTA DE HISTÓRIA BILROS 6: 241–268. 
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