Oral History

The CPDOC oral history program has the largest oral history archive in Brazil. Among his deponents are figures such as Antônio Francisco Azeredo da Silveira, Mário Gibson Barbosa, Ramiro Saraiva Guerreiro, Celso Amorim, Celso Lafer, Luiz Felipe Lampreia, Marcílio Marques Moreira, Luiz Augusto Castro Neves, George Maciel and Rubens Barbosa. The program also has hundreds of hours of oral history interviews with important figures of Brazilian foreign policy in the last 20 years.

We are currently developing two major research projects in the field of international relations: "Oral History: The Lula Administration Foreign Policy" and "Pax Brasiliana? A Study of the Brazilian Performance in Constitutional and Political Crises in Latin America (1990-2015) ". The first one seeks to develop an interpretation based on primary sources on the foreign policy of the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2003-2010), in addition to contributing to the development of qualitative data analysis technology. The central objective is to explain how and why the PT government embarked on an activist diplomatic route, its main obstacles and results, producing more than 40 hours’ worth of oral history interviews. The second is a survey of Brazil's actions in moments of democratic crisis in Latin America. The objective of the project, which has been underway since 2013, is to carry out a comparative analysis of Brazil's participation in the management of political crises or of democratic rupture in the region during the administrations of Fernando Collor de Mello, Itamar Franco, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff. The project includes twelve case studies in which Brazil’s participation is being analyzed and will produce more than 80 hours of interviews.

The recordings of all our interviews are transcribed by a team of experts. Then the transcripts undergo a process of fidelity checking, where it is verified if there is any inconsistency between the text and the audio of the interview. After this step, the transcript is edited with the purpose of eliminating oral marks. The last step is to send the text to the interviewee so that he or she can analyze it in its final version and suggest edits.

The CPDOC's confidentiality policy determines that interviewees have full autonomy to determine the period for which the interview will be open to the public, as well as which excerpts from the interview can be made available. The copyrights of the interview are the property of the respondent, according to our own model of Assignment Letter.

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