Maria Rachel Fróes da Fonseca

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Maria Rachel Fróes da Fonseca has a bachelor’s degree and teaching license in History from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro (1979), a master’s in History from the Universidade Federal Fluminense (1986), and a PhD in Social History from the Universidade de São Paulo (1997), the latter under the advisorship of Dr. M. Lígia Coelho Prado. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Historical Studies at the Colegio de México in 2012, under the advisorship of Dr. Guillermo Palácios, where she researched the institutionalization of the sciences in the context of the consolidation and modernization of the nation-state in Mexico and Brazil (nineteenth to twentieth centuries), with a CAPES grant. She is a researcher with the Casa de Oswaldo Cruz Research Department and professor with PPGHCS. She is sub-editor of the sources department of the journal História, Ciências, Saúde—Manguinhos and a member of the Science Council of the Boletín de la Sociedad Mexicana de Historia y Filosofía de la Medicina and the Science Consultative Board of the Revista Brasileira de História da Ciência. She currently leads the project Science for All: A History of the Popularization of Science from the Nineteenth to Twentieth Centuries in Iberoamerica  (Program for Research Excellence, or PROEP/COC), which is exploring the process of the popularization of science from 1870 through 1930 in the Iberoamerican context, its actors, and its main instruments, through an analysis of the means used to popularize science, like children’s books and magazines, science communication magazines, and public conferences. She leads the CNPq Research Group on the History of Medicine and Health: Institutional Spaces and Actors and edits the Dicionário Histórico-Biográfico das Ciências da Saúde no Brasil – 1832-1930 (www.dichistoriasaude.coc.fiocruz.br). Her research and teaching focus on the history of the sciences, especially the history of scientific institutions; science and national identity in Brazil in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; the history of the sciences in Latin America; and the history of medicine in Brazil.

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Selected Publications:

FONSECA, Maria Rachel Fróes da. “En honor de la patria y de la nación”:  José Antonio Alzate e a construção da ciência na Nova EspanhaDimensões - Revista de História da UFES, Vitória, n.35, p.10-37, jul./dez. 2015

FONSECA, Maria Rachel Fróes da. Ciência e educação na Escuela Nacional Preparatoria (México, 1867)História Unisinos, São Leopoldo, RS, v.18, n.1, p.56-67, jan./abr. 2014.  

FONSECA, Maria Rachel Fróes da. A institucionalização das práticas científicas na Corte do Rio de Janeiro. In: KURY, Lorelai; GESTEIRA, Heloisa (orgs.). Ensaios de história das ciências no Brasil. Das Luzes à nação independente. Rio de Janeiro: EdUERJ, 2012.  pp.293-305. 

FONSECA, Maria Rachel Fróes da. A Institucionalização das ciências no contexto de consolidação e modernização do Estado Nacional no México e no Brasil (séc.XIX/XX). In: ALVARADO, Minerva Contreras (ed.). Avances en Historia y Estudios Sociales sobre la Ciencia y la Tecnología. Trabajos en la SMHCT 2011-2012. Ciudad de México: Sociedad Mexicana de Historia de la Ciencia y la Tecnología, 2012. pp. 291-311.

FONSECA, Maria Rachel Fróes da. A natureza concedeu a cada país ou a cada clima seus privilégios exclusivos: a natureza brasileira na obra de Manuel Arruda da Câmara. Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi. Ciências Humanas, Belém, v.5, n.2, p.243-252, 2010.  

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