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Latin American Anthropology Seminar Series, hosted by the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

Eduardo Dullo, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil

A Hundred Years of Authoritarianism and Democracy in Brazil: Paulo Freire’s Critical Remarks Now and Then

The present talk interrogates the current critiques of authoritarianism and conservatism in Brazil by looking at their definitions of what makes them new (as there is a suggestion that the country is living under a ‘new right’ [nova direita] or a ‘new conservatism’ [novo conservadorismo]). To help us highlight the novelty and the continuities, I will bring forth (1) Paulo Freire’s critiques of the 20th Century (from the 1940s until the 1980s) authoritarianism and his fight for democracy and (2) my archival research on the 1920s. The aim is to present a more historical understanding of the democratic development in Brazil, in which one can recognise an authoritarian 'discursive tradition' (sensu Asad) that remains constant in democratic periods. My argument is that we need to develop an ‘anthropology of democracy’ in Brazil that take a closer look at the values and moralities that shape everyday life both in the past and the present.  

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The Latin American Anthropology Seminar Series is convened by Jessica Sklair (QMUL), Denisse Román-Burgos (Aberdeen) and Ainhoa Montoya (CLACS, SAS).

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