Academic Master's History, Politics and Cultural Assets


The Academic Master’s Degree in History, Politics and Cultural Assets aims to train high-level professionals who are up-to-date regarding the methodological and epistemological debates that characterize the field of History and Social Sciences, with an emphasis on the historical dimension of social phenomena and the adoption of an interdisciplinary perspective. These professionals are expected to join national and international networks of knowledge production, dimensions considered crucial both for the quality of academic production and for the training of teaching staff at their different levels, in particular higher education. Please visit the website of the Graduate Program in History, Politics and Cultural Assets (PPHPBC),, for more information.

Course duration: 24 months

In view of the uncertainties of the current pandemic scenario, and to facilitate the planning of candidates and future students, all mandatory Academic Master's will be offered online (live) in 2021.

Institutions and policy: Research on institutions and politics is at the root of FGV CPDOC’s identity and marks the production of a significant number of professors linked to the Program. The subject of the analysis comprises, fundamentally, the actions, practices and perceptions of social groups and institutions, as well as individuals. Studies in this line contribute to a better understanding of the processes of institutional construction and decision making in the structure of public power; explore the role of political and social leaders, as well as their multiple and complex interfaces with broader political institutions; discuss public policies and their social reflexes in the construction of citizenship, and give academic solidity to the studies of biographies and personal trajectories.

Memory and culture: The history of memory and the central place it occupies in processes of constitution of social identities are key dimensions to the work developed by a large number of professors in the Program. This line of research brings together investigative itineraries that address the concepts of heritage, culture (material and immaterial), tradition, and representation, conceived based on different supports and languages. The topics range from Brazilian social thinking to football, from museums to film and television, and from popular festivals to civic celebrations, for example. In addition, it should be noted that an important part of the research developed in this line is based on FGV CPDOC’s tradition of developing methodologies for the treatment of archives and the constitution of oral history collections, always in line with the critical reflection on the social processes of production and circulation of historical sources.

International relations: This research line comprises a series of research and analysis activities on the transformations of the international order, foreign policies of nation states, and the international performance of non-state stakeholders. Research activities include not only those that are exclusively in the field of International Relations, but also studies that draw on conceptual frameworks from other fields of knowledge – such as history, sociology, economics, and law – with the aim of understanding phenomena of history and international politics. Topics addressed in this research line include global transformations and emerging powers, regional integration processes and foreign policy of the European Union, comparative foreign policies, international security, and global history.
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2021 Selection: Calendar and public notice




 11/08 - 03/11/2020

Registration formalization (document upload)

 11/08 - 03/11/2020

Publication of list of approved registrations


Announcement of Interview Classification



 02, 03 and  04/12/20

Publication of Final Results


Enrollment Scheduling

18/01 - 11/02/2021


18/01 - 12/02/2021

Enrollment Cancellation

 Until 02/03/2021

Start of Classes


*Erratum - Click here to access (only in Portuguese). 

CLICK HERE to access the public notice for the selection process (only in Portuguese). 

Registration fee:

  • R$40.00 for bank payment slips issued from 11/08/2020 to before 6 p.m. on 18/09/2020
  • R$50.00 for bank payment slips issued after 6 p.m. on 18/09/2020 to before 6 p.m. on 03/11/2020



All students accepted in the Academic Master’s degree will be exempt from monthly tuition and fees.


Students should take two compulsory subjects (History and Social Theory and Methods and research techniques), two optional subjects and two research seminars, the latter corresponding to the stage of preparation of the dissertation by the supervisors. The subject History and Social Theory, always offered in the first semester, aims to discuss how History and Social Sciences have fertilized each other in recent decades, highlighting major thematic areas in which this dialogue has proved most fruitful: Social History and the new Political History, Historical Sociology, and Cultural History. The course seeks to map recent theoretical debates in the field of history, working as a presentation of these debates for students of the Master’s degree.

In view of the uncertainties of the current pandemic scenario, and to facilitate the planning of candidates and future students, all mandatory Academic Master's will be offered online (live) in 2021.

The following are some of the subjects. The subjects may be subsequently amended.

•    Film and History Writings         
•    Dictatorship and democracy in Brazil and Latin America
•    Scientific article writing
•    Sports, culture and society
•    State and power: theoretical readings
•    History and Social Theory (compulsory)
•    Research methods and techniques (compulsory)
•    Global History
•    Politics and politician readings
•    Conservative modernization in Brazil
•    International Relations of Brazil: Research Frontiers
•    Representations of History in film and television
•    Justice Systems and Practices
•    Military Sociology

More information on the curriculum structure and other guidelines are available in the PPHPBC Regulation.


Américo Oscar Guichard Freire
•    PhD in History – UFRJ
–    History of Rio de Janeiro
–    Political History of Republican Brazil

Angela Moreira Domingues da Silva
•    PhD in History – FGV CPDOC
–    Authoritarianism in Brazil
–    History of the Judiciary Branch

Bernardo Buarque de Hollanda
•    PhD in Social History of Culture – PUC-Rio
–    Brazilian Social Thought
–    Social History of Sports

Celso Corrêa Pinto de Castro
•    PhD in Social Anthropology – UFRJ
–    Tourism and cultural heritage
–    Theory of culture

 Jairo Cesar Marconi Nicolau
•    PhD in Political Science – IUPERJ
–    Brazilian politics
–    Political parties, elections and behavior

 Jaqueline Porto Zulini
•    PhD in Political Science – USP
–    Comparative political institutions
–    History, politics and institutions

 Jimmy Medeiros
•    PhD in Public Policy, Strategy and Development – IE/UFRJ
–    Public Policy
–    Social Protection

João Marcelo Ehlert Maia
•    PhD in Sociology – IUPERJ
–    Brazilian Social Thought
–    Sociology of Culture

Márcio Grijó Vilarouca
•    PhD in Political Science – IUPERJ
–    Executive-Legislative Relations
–    Brazilian political institutions

Marco Aurélio Vannucchi Leme de Mattos
•    PhD in History – University of São Paulo
–    History of Republican Brazil
–    Civil society institutions

Matias Spektor
•    PhD in International Relations – University of Oxford
–    International Relations
–    Research methods in Social Sciences and History

Martina Spohr
•    PhD in Social History – UFRJ
–    Political History of Republican Brazil
–    History Archives and Methodology

Oliver Stuenkel
•    PhD in Political Science – Duisburg-Essen University – Germany
–    International Relations
–    Foreign policy of emerging powers

Sérgio Praça
•    PhD in Political Science – USP
–    Brazilian Political Institutions
–    Bureaucracy and Politics

Silvia Monnerat Barbosa
•    PhD in Social Anthropology – National Museum/UFRJ
–    Urban Anthropology
–    Anthropological theory

Thaís Blank
•    PhD in Communication and Culture – UFRJ
–    Visual Culture
–    Film and History

Vivian Fonseca
•    PhD in History, Politics and Cultural Assets – FGV CPDOC
–    Heritage, Memory and History Teaching
–    History of Sports

Course Coordination: Prof. Angela Moreira


Daniela Aires
Tel: +55 21 3799-5545
Praia de Botafogo, 190 – 14º floor
Botafogo – Rio de Janeiro