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The LabConeSul (Laboratório de História Comparada do Cone Sul (Laboratory for the Comparative History of the Southern Cone), is a research group certified by CNPq, founded in 2008 in the attempt to reunite different ongoing initiatives of comparative historical research on the social history of power.

Historically, LabConeSul originated in two research groups that no longer exist: Núcleo de Estudos dos Grupos Profissionais, do Empresariado e do Estado [Center for Studies of Professional Groups, Entrepreneurs and the State ] and the CNPq group “Estado, Sociedade e Formação de Políticas Públicas no Brasil e no Prata, c.1850-c.1960" [State, Society and Formation of Public Policies in Brazil and in the Plata, c.1850-c.1960] and in the experience of its researchers ‘ participation in international and national cooperation agreements, such as the Rede Internacional Marc Bloch de Estudos Comparados em História [Marc Bloch International Network of Comparative Studies in History] and the research project “Composição e recomposição de grupos dirigentes e no Nordeste e no Sul do Brasil em perspectiva comparada e interdisciplinar” , funded by CAPES (Edital Procad-NF).

From these initiatives, as well as from the isolated experiences of several researchers in the field of social and comparative history, it was decided that the time had come to establish a work agenda regarding the dynamics of the political, cultural and social elites of the Southern Cone – especially Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay – beginning in the second half of the 19th century and throughout the 20th century. Here it is sought to emphasize certain aspects such as emergence, reconversion and/or decline of sectorial economic groups, recruitment processes and action of political elites, professional groups and regional and national bureaucracies, expansion of middle sectors and their incorporation into the political space and emergence of new intellectual elites.

By choosing the name Laboratory, the participants wish to highlight the centrality of the methodological dimension in the social and comparative historical research and in team work. Thus, besides accepting the research by its members, LabConeSul intends to subsidize other studies of social and comparative history by mapping, comparing and making sources available, especially in series, for inter-regional comparison; through discussion on classification or taxonomy schemes of social groups and professional identities of the Southern Cone nations; or else by producing prosopographic databases available, of political elites, professional groups, intellectuals, associative leaders and entrepreneurs.

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