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Hélio Augusto de Souza Alves

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Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS)  (Institutional affiliation for the last research proposal)
Birthplace: Brazil

Hélio Augusto de Souza Alves is a Ph.D. student in Latin American History at the University of Florida, where he works with Dr. Lillian Guerra. He earned a B.A. and a Master's degree in History (in 2017 and 2021, respectively) from the São Paulo State University (UNESP). During his academic career, Alves has also received fellowships to study and conduct research in Brazil, Bolivia, Cuba, and the United States. Alves' previous research focused on Fidel Castro's public image and popularity in Cuba between 1952 and 1959. For his current research project, he aims to analyze the coexistence of three different categories of narratives about Cuba's reality between the 1970s and 1990s: official narratives (produced by the state), experience narratives (produced by ordinary Cubans), and counter-narratives (produced by Cuban exiles). Hélio Alves' research aims to put in dialogue three different perspectives about reality in Cuba while analyzing the intersections between state?s legitimacy, toleration, and accommodation of divergent truths. In addition, this project strives to reveal what mattered the most for the stability of the revolution: image, projected through official narratives, or reality, projected through experience narratives? As a scholar, Alves carried out university exchange activities at Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (La Paz/Bolivia) with the support of the Association of Universities of Grupo Montevideo (AUGM); as well as a research internship at the University of Havana (2017) and University of Florida (2019). He is currently the 2022-2023 Goizueta Pre-Prospectus Fellow, conducting research in the Cuban Heritage Collection (University of Miami). Hélio Alves is a member of the following research groups of the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq): Group of Latin American Studies and History and Media. (Source: Lattes Curriculum)

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