Call for papers

Call for papers

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Dossier 2022, v. 23, n. 31, September – December

Which Brazil?

Debating projects for nationhood in the context of Brazil’s independence. 

This dossier will gather previously unpublished articles on the process of Brazilian independence with a focus on the various visions that guided the people, mobilizations and movements that played a strategic role in that process. When independence was secured, Brazil in many ways was still undefined, with disputed borders in both the north and the south and a population that encompassed people of diverse origins and with diverse relationships with the land, property and royal authority. For some, sentiments of belonging were most associated with a province or village of origin, while for others the maintenance of territorial integrity was central to how they envisioned what would become an independent Brazil. At the same time, Portuguese perceptions of the territory, recently raised to the status of kingdom, also bore upon visions of Brazil’s status in the context of  debates in the Constituent Cortes in Lisbon. Separatist sentiments in both the north and the south of Brazil resonated in the former metropole and made the process of separation more protracted and fraught than the official chronological markers suggest. In this context, various projects for an independent Brazil took shape, including the notes that José Bonifácio sent to the Lisbon Cortes, Frei Caneca’s interventions during the Confederation of the Equator, arguments made among members of the masonry in Rio de Janeiro led by Joaquim Gonçalves Ledo, and, in Bahia, the Portuguese Silva Maia’s opposition to independence. Debates about an independent Brazil were further shaped by defenders of republicanism and the relative absence of any scrutiny of slavery within conflicts in which the word freedom was so present.

The dossier will offer a collection of scholarly work that reflects on these projects and visions of Brazil as they were debated in the era of independence.

Submitted articles may be written in English, Spanish or Portuguese. Completed articles should be submitted between November 1, 2021 and March 3, 2022. The dossier will be published in volume 23, issue 31, between September and December 2022. Topoi. Revista de História is a peer-reviewed journal published by the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ),

Articles must be original and have between 40,000 and 60,000 characters, including notes and references.  Submissions should follow Topoi journal guidelines on citation and submission formats:

Article and review submissions will be evaluated initially by the editors of the dossier in relation to both the scholarly standards of the journal and the dossier’s theme. After a submitted manuscript has been accepted by the editors, it will undergo a double-blind peer review by at least two reviewers. Authors will be informed of the decision approximately three months atfer submitting their manuscript. The revised, final version of articles should be submitted no later than June 1, 2022.

Submissions should be made via ScholarOne, checking the box specifying the Dossiê: Independência  

Topoi. Revista de História is an open-access journal, and there are no fees to submit or publish.

Isabel Lustosa (CHAM/FCSH-Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and Kirsten Schultz (Seton Hall University), Editoras Convidadas

Luiza Larangeira da Silva Mello, Editora

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