Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Period of Performance

8/1/2010 - 7/31/2011

Funding Totals

$50,400.00 (approved)
$50,400.00 (awarded)

National Waters, Public Space: State and Environment in Guanabara Bay, Brazil, 1904-2004

FAIN: FB-55007-10

Lise Fernanda Sedrez
CSU, Long Beach (Long Beach, CA 90840-0004)

This project is an environmental history of Guanabara Bay, Brazil, in the 20th century. It is also the history of the city located at its margins, Rio de Janeiro--the Brazilian capital until 1960, the postcard-symbol of Brazil, and one of the world's greatest cities by the end of the twentieth century. Using Guanabara Bay as a unit of analysis allows for a unique view of the changes undergone by city and state in the 20th century, during which an amazing urbanization process changed the physical, social and political landscape of Brazil. But if the city and the state changed, so did the bay, its waters, its ecosystem and its shorelines. The project studies the relationship between the physical bay and the social bay, which emerges from governmental reports and from the city's demands for land (its margins), water (its basin) and sanitary system (its waters).

Associated Products

História Ambiental - Globo Universidade (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: História Ambiental - Globo Universidade
Writer: Alexandre do Santos
Director: Alice-Maria
Producer: Carlos Henrique Schroeder
Abstract: The NEH-funded research on Guanabara Bay was the subject for a 30 minute episode of the program Globo Universidade, a widely respected program in the most important broadcast channel in Brazil. Using Guanabara Bay as the main topic, the program discusses the development of environmental history in Brazil, with interviews with Prof. Lise Sedrez and other scholars and students. Full credit is given to NEH during the program.
Year: 2011
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: URL where the program is archived by TV Globo, with free access.
Secondary URL:
Secondary URL Description: URL for contact with the division at TV Globo which is responsible for the program Globo Ecologia.
Access Model: Open access.
Format: Video
Format: Web

Simpósio Diálogo Brasil/EUA em História Ambiental: Definindo Agendas e Estratégias de Pesquisa em Comum (Conference/Institute/Seminar)
Title: Simpósio Diálogo Brasil/EUA em História Ambiental: Definindo Agendas e Estratégias de Pesquisa em Comum
Author: Lise Sedrez
Abstract: I have organized this international symposium which, indirectly, was a by-product of my grant.
Date Range: March 12-15, 2013
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Primary URL: