|Research Topic 1: Immaterial capital: production and circulation of knowledge
Culture consists of the diversity of social subjects that are forged from an intimate family relation, from community and from nature, as well as from processes of colonization and resistance, and has inaugurated new and unique forms of social organization. Since the production and circulation of knowledges and actions can be understood from the perspective of contradiction, it is understood that culture is at the epicenter of formal and non-formal educational processes. This line problematizes the cognitive dimension of culture, and harbours initiatives that investigate knowledge, science and technology, arts and languages, derived or not from traditional practices, and public policies and private actions of intervention in society, as well as processes of appropriation and conflict. The reflections mentioned here use the interdisciplinary perspective and must, on the one hand, delve into the core and dilemmas of culture, and on the other hand, propose educative, scientific and technological guidelines and practices that respond to sociocultural demands, considering asymmetries and historically present / absent educational, social, cultural, linguistic and economic contexts.
|Research Topic 2: The critique, interpretation and history of art forms
This line focuses on the aesthetic dimension of culture in its multiple possibilities: critical readings inherent to different forms of artistic expression, interpretation and practice of skills, (re)writing a history of art forms. Educational, historical, social, political, tourist and economic aspects are relevant to an analytical approach to culture manifested in music, dance, painting, sculpture, literature, photography, theater and cinema. Artistic-cultural materialities constitute seminal forms of (re)establishing a connection between heritage and history. Initiatives are recommended that focus on more than one art form, seeking to establish dialogues interartes, either from the point of view of aesthetic appreciation or the bias of a theory and criticism of their own. From this perspective, it extends to relations with public and private domains and to articulate public policies to promote and encourage the arts, understanding them as a sine qua non for the full exercise of citizenship.
|Research Topic 3: Spaces, memoirs and social configurations
The present line involves initiatives that problematize issues related to the identity dimension of culture which contribute to a singular analysis of social configurations. Relevant to this research line are aspects that involve studies about ethnicity and processes of constructing contrastive and situational identities of groups in their interactions with political, social, linguistic, environmental, spatial, territorial and aesthetic of social and cultural manifestations demarcated by specific guidelines. Such manifestations can be given by new social movements, practices, representations, expressions and cultural artifacts, traditional knowledge and places, of which emphasis has been established from the relation between the local and the global perspective. The categories, social groups, information and communication technologies, as well as forms of cultural expression and sociability, as well as the (re)invention of memoirs and history are significant for an interdisciplinary approach that seeks a reading of the identity dimension of culture.