Myrian Sepúlveda dos Santos is an associate professor at the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ). She is the coordinator of the Art, Culture and Power research group (www.artecultpoder.org – a research group registered at CNPq) and of the Rio AfroDigital Museum (www.museuafrodigitalrio.org). Dr. dos Santos holds a PhD in Sociology from the New School for Social Research, a master’s degree in Sociology from the University Research Institute of Rio de Janeiro (IUPERJ) and a BA in History from the Federal Fluminense University (UFF). She was a visiting professor at IUPERJ and at the Theory, Culture and Society Center of the Nottingham Trent University. She conducted postgraduate research at the Centre of Latin-American Studies of the University of Cambridge, at the Center of Social Relations Research of the University of Paris [Université de Paris V], and at the Center of Social Studies of the University of Coimbra. Her research area is sociology of culture. Dr. dos Santos’ work includes papers and books on memory and identity, cultural practices and policies, social theory, museums, carnaval, racial relations, and prisons. Her most recent publications are Os Porões da República (The Cellars of the Republic, Rio de Janeiro, EDUERJ/Garamond, 2009); Memória Coletiva e Teoria Social (Collective Memory and Social Theory, Coimbra, Coimbra University Press, 2012, reprint) and Memória Coletiva e Identidade Nacional (Collective Memory and National Identity, São Paulo, Editora Annablume, print [prelo]). She is currently conducting an investigation on memory and trauma in the former prisons of Ilha Grande.