Tânia de Santana
Tânia Maria Pinto de Santana holds a bachelor’s, a master’s, and a doctoral degree in History from the Federal University of Bahia. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Federal University of the Recôncavo da Bahia (Brazil) and is a post-doctoral fellow at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra with a scholarship granted by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (Brazil). In 2022, she published the book Charitas et misericordia: morte, caridade e salvação nos testamentos de Cachoeira-Bahia (XVIII century), by the Federal University of Bahia Press.
Research project: Secular clergy and lay confraternal experiences: social disciplining in Portuguese Atlantic brotherhoods (Salvador-Luanda / 17th – 18th centuries)
This project aims to study, from a perspective that values the connections between different Atlantic spaces, the actions of the secular clergy and the faithful in the promotion and maintenance of lay brotherhoods, seeking to identify the strategies adopted by the secular clergy, aiming at social discipline, and how the different lay groups received, adapted or reacted to this process. The approach will start from the examination of a particular clipping focused on the brotherhoods formed by Africans and their descendants that functioned in different political and religious centers of the Portuguese Empire between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Research period: December 2022 – December 2023