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Latin American Heritage

Interdisciplinary Dialogues on Brazilian and Argentinian Case Studies

  • Fabiana Lopes da Cunha
  • Marcilene dos Santos
  • Jorge Rabassa

Part of the The Latin American Studies Book Series book series (LASBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Traditions, Knowledge and Intangible Heritage

  3. Archaeological Heritage

  4. Natural and Landscape Heritage

  5. Industrial and Rail Heritage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Davidson Kaseker
      Pages 165-175
    3. Nilson Ghirardello
      Pages 195-206
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-210

About this book


Focusing on Brazil, this book approaches the term “heritage” from not only a historical and architectural point of view, but also considers its artistic, archaeological, natural, ethnological and industrial aspects. 

The book is divided into four thematic sections – 1) traditions and intangible heritage, 2) archaeological heritage, 3) natural heritage and landscapes, and 4) heritage of industrial and built environments – and presents chapters on a diverse range of topics, from samba and cultural identities in Rio de Janeiro, to the history of Brazilian archaeology, the value of scenic landscapes in Brazil, and the cultural landscape of Brazil.

As an outcome of the First Heritage International Symposium, this unique book explores a variety of heritage dialogues, pursuing global and specific approaches, and combining different views, perceptions and senses.


Latin American heritage Latin American Culture landscapes in Brazil intangible heritage archaeology in Latin America

Editors and affiliations

  • Fabiana Lopes da Cunha
    • 1
  • Marcilene dos Santos
    • 2
  • Jorge Rabassa
    • 3
  1. 1.Campus of OurinhosSão Paulo State University (UNESP)OurinhosBrazil
  2. 2.Campus of OurinhosSão Paulo State University (UNESP)OurinhosBrazil
  3. 3.Laboratorio de Geomorfología y CuaternarioCADIC-CONICETUshuaiaArgentina

About the editors

Fabiana Lopes da Cunha received her Bachelor’s degree in History from São Paulo University (USP), where she also obtained her Ph.D. degree in Social History. She is Associate Professor at São Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil and Professor at Postgraduate Program from School of Sciences, Humanities and Languages, Assis (SP) - São Paulo State University (UNESP). She also coordinates a Documentation and Memory Center (CEDOM) which aims include regional memory and local preservation. Her main research interests include Brazilian History, Cultural History during the imperial and republican period until the end of the New State, as well as Popular Music, Popular Culture (festivals), Contemporary Culture Production, Museums, Diaspora and Intangible Heritage, and Carnival. In 2004 she edited her first book Da Marginalidade ao Estrelato: o samba na construção da nacionalidade (1917-1945) (Annablume, 2004). She was an adviser at CONDEPHAAT

during the period from 2011 to 2014 and also responsible for signing the agreement between Kings College London and São Paulo State University – UNESP which is linked with a research project developed with Prof. Dr. David Treece. In addition, she is the leader of the Heritage Research Group and vice-leader of the History & Music Research Group at UNESP, as well as a member of the Identifying Dialogues Research Group at King's College London. She is presently a Visiting Professor at King’s College London – UK.

Marcilene dos Santos is Associate Professor at São Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil. She is a bachelor in Geology and doctor in Geosciences (Regional Geology). Her main research interests include Geomorphology, Neotectonics, Quaternary Geology, Geoconservation, Cultural Geomorphology, and Geoheritage. She has written book chapters including As Serras do Mar e da Mantiqueira. In: Geologia do Brasil (2012– edited by Yociteru Hasui, Celso. D. R Carneiro, Fernando F. Marques de Almeida and A. Bartorelli) and "Metodologias para estudo do meio físico voltadas para o turismo ambiental. In: Turismo e ambiente: temas emergentes (2006 - edited by Odaleia T. M. M. Queiroz), as well as articles in Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie and Brazilian journals.

Jorge Rabassa obtained his Licenciado and Doctor degrees in Geology at the School of Natural Sciences, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina. He is a researcher with CONICET, the National Research Council of Argentina, at CADIC, Centro Austral de Investigaciones Científicas, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, since 1986. He is presently the director of CADIC, the southernmost, multidisciplinary research center of the World with permanent scientific staff. He is also adjunct Full Professor of Geology at the Universidad Nacional de Tierra del Fuego. He has been a lecturer in several Argentine universities and also the President of Comahue University, one of the Argentine Patagonian universities. He is a member of the Argentine Academy of Sciences and a corresponding member of the Catalonian Academy of Sciences. He has been a Visiting Professor in several universities of the United States and Canada, as well as in various Western Europe countries, the Republic of South Africa and China. His main research interests are geomorphology, ancient landscapes, long-term landscape evolution, and glacial and Quaternary studies. He has published over 150 scientific papers and book chapters, and edited 17 books and scientific journal special volumes.

He has directed 15 doctoral dissertations and many graduation theses and is a member of the editorial board of several international journals. He is presently the co-editor for South America of the Springer Briefs in Earth System Sciences series and also President of the Asociación Argentina de Geomorfología y Cuaternario until 2018.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Latin American Heritage
  • Book Subtitle Interdisciplinary Dialogues on Brazilian and Argentinian Case Studies
  • Editors Fabiana Lopes da Cunha
    Marcilene dos Santos
    Jorge Rabassa
  • Series Title The Latin American Studies Book Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title The Latin American Studies Book Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-58447-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86412-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-58448-5
  • Series ISSN 2366-3421
  • Series E-ISSN 2366-343X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 210
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 32 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cultural Geography
    Cultural Heritage
    Environmental Geography
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“Who decides what is memorable and what is worthy of preserving for a nation's self-understanding? Whose memory should be celebrated and whose forgotten? These are the questions posed in this challenging collection of 14 essays resulting from the First International Symposium on Heritage, held in 2015 in Ourinhos, Brazil. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (R. M. Delson, Choice, Vol. 55 (6), February, 2018)