Carlo Eugenio NOGUEIRA, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (UFES), Brazil
Antônio Carlos Robert Moraes (1954-2015) taught for over 30 years in the Department of Geography of the Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters of the University of São Paulo (DG/FFLCH/USP), where he was also a student, and reached the position of full professor. During his career, Tonico, as he used to introduce himself, developed an interest in a wide range of subjects, writing, teaching, researching, and working as a consultant in topics as varied as the history of geography, territorial planning, environmental planning, and the Brazilian territorial formation.
Overall, Moraes’ work has always been associated with the word ‘critique.’ However, the interval between 1978 and 1988 concentrates the enunciation of almost all themes and problems he would deal throughout his career. This period also syntheses his contribution to the movement of renewal of Brazilian geography. Based upon an overview of his document archives held at the Department of Geography of the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES), this communication will emphasize his prominence in what we could call the invention of critical Brazilian geography. The collection, donated by his heirs in June 2019, has approximately 2,000 items, comprising personal notebooks, original manuscripts, books, journals, dissertations, several copies of publications, and bureaucratic documentation of his extensive university life. Just the library has about 1,200 books. Among the sources and documents consulted, it is worth mentioning original teaching programs and the documentation delivered to the University of São Paulo as a requirement for assuming different positions at the Department of Geography.
Keywords: Geographical trajectories|Brazil|Critical geographies