Research Groups

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NET - Translation Studies Group

Coordinated by Dr. Janine Pimentel, the Translation Studies Group engages in interdisciplinary investigations of translation as a cultural, social, and political product. The research focuses mainly on the translation of specialized texts, the role of translation in cultural interchanges in contemporary times, translator training and translation teaching, the technological turn in translation, and translation and activism. Its ongoing projects include “Brazilian Translation and Adaptation of Our Bodies, Ourselves, a book on women’s sexuality and health written by a feminist collective in the 1970s in the USA” (

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NUVYLA - Study and Research Group of the Vygotsky School in Applied Linguistics

Coordinated inter-institutionally by Dr. Adolfo Tanzi Neto (UFRJ) and Dr. Christine Nicolaides (UNISINOS), NUVYLA aims to discuss language, culture, identities and their social practices in very diverse contexts. Based on critical theories rooted in a socio-historical-cultural perspective, the group focuses primarily on field research of human development, additional languages, autonomy, agency, translanguaging, bilingualism, teaching and learning processes, social activism, linguistic mobility, and social justice.



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LIEDH - Language and Discourses from History

Created in 2007 under the coordination of Dr. Luiz Barros Montez, this group of professors and students investigates the use of language in historiographical contexts. Seen from a different perspective, it brings together scholars of the problems of representation of history and historiography related to discourse and ideology that are consubstantiated in language. All the group’s activities are interdisciplinary insofar as they are epistemologically grounded in two specific areas in the context of human communication and human symbolic exchanges: studies of language and literature, and studies of the epistemology and methodology of history. One research project pursued by the group is Discursive Constructions of Brazil in the Accounts of European Travelers in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.


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LingNet - Linguagem, Educação e Tecnologia

Coordinated by Dr. Kátia Cristina do Amaral Tavares, this LingNet investigates interactive processes and discursive practices in digital, multimedia, and teaching and learning contexts. It includes the research project Interaction and Discourse in Digital and Multimedia Contexts.


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NUPEL - Research in Language Teaching and Learning

Created in 2012, NUPEL is run by the professors Ana Paula Marques Beato-Canato, Christine Nicolaides, Paula Szundy, and Rogério Tilio, and includes their respective supervisees from the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral courses who are engaged in researching the teaching and learning of language and teacher training through transdisciplinary dialogues with conceptions of literacy, discourse/text genres, autonomy, new technologies, and the analysis and design of teaching material.


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NUDES - Discourse and Society Research Group

NUDES has a transdisciplinary profile, bringing together research that seeks to understand how language operates performatively in the construction of social life in myriad contexts, both institutional (media, school, hospital, family, church, etc.) and non-institutional (social media, cultural groups from the “periphery”, political activist groups, etc.). Its studies focus on the relationship between semiotic processes, textual mobility, sociabilities, and globalization processes. Coordinated by Prof. Luiz Paulo da Moita Lopes, the group engages in the research projects of different professors from the program: Adriana Carvalho Lopes, Branca Falabella Fabrício, Daniel do Nascimento Silva, Fátima Lima, and Rodrigo Borba.


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PLELL – Literacy in Language and Literature Teaching

The aim of PLELL is to foster investigations in the areas of literacy and language and literature teaching in the Brazilian context, bringing together different professors and field researchers and promoting scholarly dialogue between different public universities in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The coordinator of the group is currently Prof. Marcel Alvaro de Amorim, who works with IFRJ and PIPGLA at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.


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PROAERA - Studies of the Representation of Antiquity

Coordinated by Prof. Dr. Henrique Fortuna Cairus, PROAERA is a research group that harbors research projects designed to give a deeper understanding of the place of Classical Antiquity in the western imaginary and its representation in other times (contemporaneity, Renaissance, Modernity, and other times and spaces in Antiquity itself). The study group also accepts projects that propose rereadings of texts and images from Antiquity through contemporary theoretical lenses. The researcher-participants of the program work with theories from the epistemology of history, primarily from France, in combination with concepts from some adjacent areas such as sociology and anthropology. The conceptual frameworks vary according to the focus and object of each specific study.

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CELEC - Study Collective on Contemporary Literacy

Led by Prof. Adriana Lopes, CELEC is an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research group (UFRJ and UFRRJ) that trains student-researchers from undergraduate and graduate programs (master’s and doctorate) in education and applied linguistics. It combines studies designed to reflect critically on contemporary linguistic performances that circulate inside and outside school institutions in a bid to help construct language education committed to human plurality and anti-racism, anti-sexism, and anti-LGBT-phobic movements.

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SEGEFES – Sexualities Genders Feminisms

SEGEFES (Sexualities Genders Feminisms) is coordinated by Prof. Erica of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Applied Linguistics of UFRJ.


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NELLID - Literacy and Textbook Study Group

NELLID is a research group for researchers and graduate and undergraduate students interested in studying textbooks (Tilio, 2016) and other educational materials, especially for language teaching, from the perspective of critical literacy (Muspratt, Luke, & Freebody, 1997). Unlike most research of teaching aids, which focuses on analyses of whether they are aligned with international methodologies, NELLID focuses on understanding the discourses constructed by the materials, assuming a plural conception of literacy (Kalantzis & Cope, 2012), which includes the notions of multiple literacy (Rojo, 2009), multiliteracies (The New London Group, 1996), new literacies (Lankshear & Knobel, 2011), and ideological literacy (Street, 1994), taking a critical posture and understanding the term critical as a problematizing practice (Pennycook, 2004), and seeking to create intelligibilities around differences as a product of ideological and power relations. Comprehending teaching aids from a broad-based perspective, and assuming that such material permeates teachers’ pedagogic and students’ learning practices, the group also opens space for studies of teacher training and language learning and teaching in which the educational materials operate as a mediating agent of learning.




Prof. Dr. Rodrigo Borba


Prof(a).  Dr(a). Branca Falabella Fabrício


Solange Tristão


Segunda a sexta:

09h às 17h


21 3938-9701



Programa de Interdisciplinar de Linguística Aplicada  (PIPGLA)
Av. Horácio de Macedo, 2151. Sala F-317
Cidade Universitária — Faculdade de Letras da UFRJ.
CEP 21941-917.
Rio de Janeiro — RJ

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