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Media and Memory in UK/Brazil

Since the publication of Save As...Digital Memories (2009) Prof Joanne Garde-Hansen has been forging new research partnerships with colleagues in Brazil in culture, media and arts research and practice. The projects below demonstrate the Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies' encouragement and support of transnational media and memory research with scholars in Brazil.

Waterproofing Data (2019-2021)

Waterproofing Data investigates the governance of water-related risks, with a focus on social and cultural aspects of data practices. Typically, data flows up from local levels to scientific "centres of expertise", and then flood-related alerts and interventions flow back down through local governments and into communities. Rethinking how flood-related data is produced, and how it flows, can help build sustainable, flood resilient communities. To this end, this project develops three innovative methods around data practices, across different sites and scales. Prof Joanne Garde-Hansen's research on sustainable flood memories in the UK and previous research and networks in Brazil have proven very important for the cultural memory of flood research methodology in making visible story as actionable with vulnerable communities of Sao Paulo and Acre, Brazil.

Narratives of Water (2016-2018)


With Prof Danilo Rothberg (UNESP, Brazil) Prof Joanne Garde-Hansen has been collaborating on a two year FAPESP/Warwick/SPRINT funded project to share understandings of water through narrative enquiry and the eilicitation of stories of drought, flood and water management. Our Narratives of Water blog tracks our research collaboration where we seek to share resources and explore a concept of digital hydro-citizenship.

Flood Memory as Metadata (2015-2016)

From January-August 2015, Dr Carlos Falci (Associate Professor at the School of Fine Arts at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil) and Prof Joanne Garde-Hansen have been collaborating on a 'water and memory' project that seeks to build bridges between research teams in the UK and Brazil on the cultural management of water, decanalisation of city rivers and their cultural social value and memorialising floods using digital media. The collaboration was funded by Warwick's Brazil Partnership Fund. The collaboration has involved the researchers visiting each others countries and exploring the hydrocitizenship projects and cultural activism at work in two different regions of the world where flooding, drought and water management (particularly in cities) will be a growing future global concern.

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From 18th May 2015-8th June 2015, we will be welcoming two IAS Visiting Fellows from Brazil: Prof Gilson Schwartz (University of Sao Paulo) and Dr Carlos Falci (University MInas Gerais). The programme of activities are available here.

Prof Gilson Schwartz is a leading senior researcher in digital culture and public policy in Brazil since he was awarded a Visiting Research Fellowship at the IAS of the University of São Paulo for his “City of Knowledge” Project (1999-2002). The “City” has spearheaded innovative projects which promote an interdisciplinary agenda in economics, cultural policies and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), successfully fundraising for applied projects with government agencies, corporations and media groups. UNESCO highlighted his contribution to the social design of virtual currencies in the field of cultural policies during the Rio+20 Summit (2012). His research projects have been funded by the Presidency of Brazil, the National Bank for Social and Economic Development of Brazil (BNDES), the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Culture, the National Research Council of Brazil (CNPq), by the Volkswagen Foundation, Mozilla Foundation and media groups UOL and Folha de S.Paulo.

Dr Carlos Falci is Associate Professor at the School of Fine Arts at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is member of imaginari, a research group that investigates relationships between art, science and technology. He is a member of Marcel – Multimedia Art Research Centre and Electronic Laboratories. His recent research involves memory and metadata, production of memory with mobile devices, memory in socio-technical networks, programmable spaces, computational art, memory of urban spaces. In 2011-2013 he conducted a project about collaborative production of cultural memories with locative media, funded by FAPEMIG (funding agency of Minas Gerais State). He was awarded a National Foundation of Arts Grant in 2010 to develop research on the production of cultural memories using locative media. During the year of 2015 he will coordinate a project about imaginary places of memory, funded by CNPq.

Social Memory Technology: Theory, Practice, Action (2014-2016)

From 2014-2016, Prof Joanne Garde-Hansen worked with Karen Worcman on a publication for Routledge, USA entitled Social Memory Technology: Theory, Practice, Action. Karen Worcman is the founder and director of the Museu da Pessoa (Museum of the Person), a collaborative virtual museum of life stories in Brazil. Founded in 1991, in São Paulo, the Museum of the Person is open to the participation of any person that wishes to tell his/her life story. It has over 15,000 life stories and more than 70,000 photographs and documents of Brazilians from all segments of contemporary Brazil. Over the years, the Museum of the Person has developed more than 200 different projects that based on life stories, range from corporate/industry memory, community development, education, culture and communication. Worcman has edited many books, such as “Spoken History: memory, network and social change”; “Everybody has a story to tell” and “Heritages and memories: stories of Jewish immigrants in Rio de Janeiro”. Since 1999, Karen is also a fellow Ashoka, a global institution that supports social innovative entrepreneurs in more than 60 countries and she is a member of the Center of Digital Storytelling, California. In 2009, the Museum of the Person appeared as a case study in Save As…Digital Memories (ed. Garde-Hansen, Hoskins and Reading) and Worcman has been working closely with UK scholars on sharing methodologies for memory work.

British Council/FAPESP Researcher Links Workshop 2014, Sao Paulo

Theme: Beyond the Digital - Collective Memory and Social Networks in Emerging Global Conflicts

Workshop Leads:

Prof Gilson Schwartz of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program on Human Rights and New Legitimacies; Research Group Leader of City of Knowledge Film, Radio and TV, School of Communications and Arts (ECA), Unversidade de São Paulo
Dr Joanne Garde-Hansen, Associate Professor in Culture, Media and Communication, Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, University of WarwickWorkshop


Prof Anna Reading, Head of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, Kings College London,

Prof Michael Pickering, Professor of Media and Cultural Analysis, Loughborough University,

Prof Paulo Nassar, Journalist and Professor, President of Aberje, School of Communications and Arts, Unversidade de São Paulo

Prof Lucia Santaella, São Paulo Catholic University (PUCSP), Director of CIMID, Center of Research in Digital Media


UK Early Career Researchers and Brazil Early Career Researchers explored the Workshop Theme at a 3-Day workshop funded by the British Council and the State of Sao Paulo in April 2014.

Iconomy and Memory in Brazil 2013-2014

Iconomy and Memory in Brazil/UK (IaM in UK/Brazil) was a Santander Universities funded project that sought to establish a research collaboration between Prof Gilson Schwartz of the University of São Paulo's (USP) School of Communications and Arts, Prof Joanne Garde-Hansen of the University of Warwick's Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies, and Karen Worcman, Director of Brazil’s Museu da Pessoa (Museum of the Person). From October 2013-May 2014, the three researchers delivered two events. The first at the University of Warwick is entitled Methodologies for Memory in Mixed Economies and is a memory studies researcher event (Wolfson Research Exchange, 11th Nov 2013) funded by the Connecting Cultures GRP. We screened a film made by Schwartz entitled Icons of Brazil at Warwick Arts Centre, 12th Nov 2013. The second was a workshop held at the University of São Paulo entitled Digital economies and memories for change, which will engage postgraduates, researchers and industry (March 2014). The project led directly to future successfully funded research and publication collaboration, seeking to connect more deeply media and memory research transnationally.