Name: Livia Torezani Cavazzoni
Type: MSc dissertation
Publication date: 26/09/2022

Namesort descending Role
Renata Hermanny de Almeida Advisor *

Examining board:

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Ana Carolina de Souza Bierrenbach External Examiner *
Flávia Ribeiro Botechia Internal Examiner *
Maria Lucia Bressan Pinheiro External Examiner *
Renata Hermanny de Almeida Advisor *

Summary: The present research deals with the identity representation as a central theme, from its
understanding as a complex representational process of territorial heritage, based on the history
and railway memory of the territory, from the elaboration of the patrimonial atlas and its historicalstructural analysis. The process of identity representation explains the value of heritage work in
society, by allowing the re-elaboration of memories and historical representations, permanent
structures, persistent and even disappeared in cycles of territorialization. In contemporary times,
the difficulty in promoting the longevity of territorial heritage stems from the imbalance between
the forces of domination (political-economic) and/or appropriation (cultural-symbolic) in societyspace production; which leads to the fading of qualities and specificities of places. Therefore, the
problem lies in the establishment of conceptual and methodological foundations in representation
strategies that strengthen symbolic territories (of difference, multiplicity, affective security) with
the community that is the agent of its representation - capable of guaranteeing the valorization of
memory and history in the cultural and political dimension. The identity representation aims to
reconstruct and communicate territorial identity, highlighting material and cognitive sediments -
structural invariants - in historical and memorial duration. In turn, the use of geoinformational
technologies in this process materializes the information in new fields, allowing its continuous
updating. From this understanding, the objective is to elaborate an identity representation of the
territory in which the community is an agent. Therefore, the general objective was structured from
four specific objectives. As specific objectives, there are: a) to conceptualize history and memory
and understand their contribution in the documentary process; b) explore the concept of
documentation and patrimonial representation, understanding what and how they
document/record; c) establish the methodology for geoinformational representation; d) to carry
out an experiment of historical-memorial identity representation based on the atlas with the
participation of the community; e) analyze and describe the conformation of the territory from the
concrete object adopted for the research. The concrete object adopted is the city of Colatina, a
relevant municipality in the colonization and economic development of the north of the state of
Espírito Santo. The implementation of the Vitória a Minas railroad, in 1906, is considered one of
the investments with the greatest impact for this development, for the city and the region. In this
way, the railroad is adopted as a space-time object, as it encompasses sediments of heritage
value – permanence and persistence inscribed during the territorialization cycles – affirming the
territory`s identity. For this purpose, qualitative methods of descriptive and analytical scope are
used, based on i) conceptual theoretical approach related to the thematic pair Documentation and
Representation; ii) written, iconographic and cartographic documentary research, of public and
private collections, in a historical scope, as well as interviews with the local society – in the
memorial scope, for the identification of the territorial patrimony of the unit of study; iii) the
representation of historical-memorial documentation, with the use of geoinformational resources,
in the production of the Atlas of Territorial Heritage, anchored in three strategies that are part of
the process of unveiling the identity values of places - description, interpretation and
representation; and iv) analyzing the experiment, in order to identify and propose a system of
participatory tools for the elaboration of historical-memorial representation. Thus, the result is the
identification and proposition of a participatory representational process, which allows the reelaboration of memories and representation of stories, with the aim of reaffirming and preserving
the territorial identity.

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