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Discourses of human sensitivity to animal cause in contemporary Brazil

Grant number: 21/07061-1
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2021
Effective date (End): September 30, 2022
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal researcher:Carlos Félix Piovezani Filho
Grantee:Manoel Sebastião Alves Filho
Supervisor abroad: Eric Baratay
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Research place: Université Jean Moulin Lyon III, France  
Associated to the scholarship:19/17099-6 - I brake for animals: an analysis of discourses about the human sensitivity in relation to the animals, BP.DR

Abstract

The project intends to improve and consolidate our analyzes of discourses on human sensitivity to the animal cause, with a view to better developing the proposal of our doctorate in Brazil: to analyze discourses of sensitivity to animals produced in the last fifty years in texts from the legal, scientific and third sector fields, in order to identify, describe and interpret specificities and differences in constancy and intensity in affirmations and denials that these beings are endowed with qualities such as sensations, emotions, intelligence and language. We tried to verify the hypothesis that, even in pro-animal statements, the recognition of their pain and sensitivity is more constant and intense than that of their cognitive and linguistic skills. This deepening will be carried out above all by incorporating to the foundations and notions of Discourse Analysis, with which we work, assumptions and procedures derived from the History of Sensibilities and the History of Animals, as practiced by our supervisor. The conjunction between our field of action and the knowledge arising from these other areas is fundamental for us to understand what is said about the sensitivity of humans to animals and how the statements about them are formulated in our material. More precisely, this association will help us to understand these aspects: to identify from which discursive formations the utterances that are the object of our research derive; to apprehend the greater or lesser conservation or ephemerality of the already said about the sensitivity to the animal cause in these statements, verifying which are those considered pertinent, debatable or null, from what times, places, subjects and institutions they come and to what extent this provenance consists of its euphoric or dysphoric valorization; analyze resumptions, rebuttals, reformulations or deletions of other discourses about animals. (AU)

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