Maíra Cavalcanti Vale
Grant TypeEngaged Research Grant
Institutional AffiliationCampinas, State U. of
Grant numberGr. ERG-25
Approve DateFebruary 3, 2022
Project TitleVale, Maíra (Campinas, State U. of) "Cachoeiras - Women Writing Recôncavo Baiano"
‘Cachoeiras’ is a collaborative writing project that broadens the scope of Deisiane Barbosa’s “poetic uprisings” (2020). In partnership with Andarilha Edições and the Cultural and Social Center Santa Bárbara, and in dialogue with several women from the cities of Cachoeira, São Félix, Conceição da Feira and Muritiba, our aim is to produce a series of books where memories are reinvented and various ways of narrating the Recôncavo are expressed. Through this collection, we want to tell stories of resistance by women in a region marked by years of slavery and the economy of sugarcane mills. The problem this project aims to answer is how to build an alternative narrative of a territory that is home to a mostly black population, based on ancestral knowledge that spiritually and epistemologically resists the various types of violence imposed by colonization and that highlights its current consequences. As a result, we expect these authors to become a reference for other black women beyond the Recôncavo Baiano, inspiring them to also affirm their voices through art and culture.