28th January 2015 | Sala dos Capelos da Universidade de Coimbra
An unavoidable name in the history of Brazil, José Murilo de Carvalho wears the insignia of the University of Coimbra and becomes Doctor honoris causa on January 28, 2015. “The fundamental reason lies in the great value of the scientific work” by José Murilo de Carvalho, unveils Fernando Catroga, Full Professor at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Coimbra (FLUC). The professor was one of the proponents and states that the PhD distinguishes Murilo de Carvalho's contribution not only in the area of history but also in citizenship. This contribution has been made “through as much knowledge as possible to the historical methodology of the Brazilian past, in positive and negative inheritance, both in Portuguese society and in other immigrant peoples to Brazil,” says Fernando Catroga. This is because citizenship is a “transverse theme of José Murilo de Carvalho's work”, and, according to the proponent, this is a value “very important for the UC”. Fernando Catroga says that it is a distinction that also honours the University of Coimbra. With the honorary doctorate, the professor hopes that "our university will feel recognized for the value and prestige it brings due to him accepting this distinction."
José Murilo de Carvalho himself is proud to have been appointed to Doctor honoris causa. With high expectations for the ceremony, the Brazilian historian considers it to be “very exciting”. “I'll try not to shudder reading my speech,” he jokes.
Full article (in Portuguese)
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