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CPDOC - Centro de Pesquisa e Documentação de História Contemporânea do Brasil



CPDOC is a major center for teaching and research in the Social Sciences and Contemporary History located in Rio de Janeiro. CPDOC is also the leading historical research institute in the country and it holds a major collection of personal archives, oral histories and audiovisual sources pertaining to Brazilian contemporary history. It is part of Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), a prestigious Brazilian research and higher education institution founded in 1944.

Long recognized for our commitment to the integration of history and the social sciences, CPDOC has in recent years added new strength in applied research. Our encouragement of diverse approaches and their fusion are evident in both our faculty and our curriculum. Our work explicitly crosses over disciplinary boundaries. CPDOC is a vital and diverse intellectual community of scholars and students.

In 2009 we opened an antennae office in Sao Paulo - our first outside Rio de Janeiro. Our team there will work on a host of research programs, graduate teaching, and partnership work with other schools within the wider FGV system.


Teaching and Research
CPDOC offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, and provides a range of continuing education activities. Teaching is consciously included as part of the current research agendas of faculty members.

Students taking the Social Sciences and History degrees may choose minor areas of expertise in Politics and Society, Culture and Society, and International Relations. We also offer specific training in applied research and audiovisual and documentary production. The close bonds of intellectual fellowship that form among our students are one of the great rewards of pursuing a degree here.

CPDOC also offers two-year master and four-year doctoral programs in History, Politics and Culture. Subfields represented among faculty include a broad spectrum of backgrounds, approaches, and substantive interests. They include political history, international relations and global history, sociology and social thought, anthropology, political science, comparative politics, urban studies, research methods, public policy, social history, cultural history, and applied research. Faculty are committed to expanding existing ties with scholars outside Brazil, and in recent years there has been joint activities with Argentina, Portugal, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.

CPDOC also offers professional graduate programs and continuing education courses in Documentary Film, Investigative Journalism, Cultural Production and Management, Political Institutions and Parliamentary Dynamics, and International Relations. While all courses take place in Rio de Janeiro, some also are available in São Paulo and Brasília.

In many ways, CPDOC’s teaching resources are unique. Students who join us here are surrounded on every side by intellectual and cultural opportunities: a community of active research that consciously bridges the gap between the Social Sciences and History; strong programs at FGV in cognate disciplines and fields such as economics, law, and business; a major in-house archival program; an array of research institutes and seminars that draw scholars from around the world; and the benefit of being in the Rio de Janeiro, one of the great intellectual and cultural centers of Brazil.

In recent years we have admitted a number of foreign exchange students from other countries with excellent results.We look forward to expanding our exchange program.


The Archival Program
CPDOC holds the leading private historical archival program in Brazil.We are host to over 1,5 million documents ranging from politics to economics, cultural history to social movements, and public policy to foreign relations. Over the years we have also gathered a massive collection of oral histories.

We are committed to offering swift access to our materials and are moving fast towards making all data available online in coming years. This has included innovative work in applying IT to the management of archives and public outreach, early results which can be seen in this site.



Da esq. para dir.: Suely Braga, Alzira Alves de Abreu, Celso Castro, Marieta de Moraes Ferreira e Lucia Lippi de Oliveira. Aniversário de 35 anos do CPDOC. 25/06/2008.

Celso Castro (diretor do CPDOC, 2005-atual) conversando com o prof. Luiz Guilherme Schimura. Cerimônia de posse do Celso na direção do CPDOC. 18/01/2005.

Aspásia Camargo, Marieta de Moraes Ferreira e Lúcia Lippi Oliveira. Comemoração do aniversário de 30 anos do CPDOC. 02/09/2003.

Marieta de Moraes Ferreira (diretora do CPDOC, 1998-2004) ao lado de Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal (presidente da Fundação Getulio Vargas 2000-atual). 02/09/2003.

Lúcia Lippi Oliveira (diretora do CPDOC, 1995-1998) em companhia do antropólogo Roberto da Matta.

Alzira Alves de Abreu (diretora do CPDOC, 1990-1994) em companhia de Luiz Simões Lopes (presidente da Fundação Getulio Vargas, 1944-1992).

Aspásia Camargo (primeira coordenadora do Setor de Pesquisa e História Oral do CPDOC) entrevistando o general Antônio Carlos Muricy.

Celina Vargas do Amaral Peixoto (fundadora e primeira diretora do CPDOC), Jorge Oscar de Mello Flôres (presidente da Fundação Getulio Vargas, 1992-2000) e Alzira Alves de Abreu (diretora do CPDOC, 1990-1994) em reunião do Conselho de Doadores do CPDOC.



CPDOC | FGV • Centro de Pesquisa e Documentação de História Contemporânea do Brasil
RIO: Praia de Botafogo, 190, 14º andar, Rio de Janeiro - RJ - 22250-145 • Tels. (21) 3799.5676
SÃO PAULO: Avenida Paulista, 1471, 1º andar, Bela Vista - São Paulo - 01311-200 • Tel: (11) 3799 -3755
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