Seminars

  • Founded
    1976
  • Seminar Number
    557

Recently completed field studies and research from primary sources on Brazil constitute the main interest of this seminar. Brazilian, the U.S. and other visiting scholars participate, contributing their interpretations of recent events. Portuguese may be spoken whenever convenient.


Co-Chairs
Professor Diana Brown
dbrown@bard.edu

Professor John F. Collins
john.collins@qc.edu

Professor Sidney M. Greenfield
sidneygreenfield@gmail.com

Professor Vania Penha-Lopes
vaniapenha-lopes@bloomfield.edu

Rapporteur
Tiago Amaral Ciarello
tac2196@columbia.edu


Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.


Meeting Schedule

09/26/2019 802 International Affairs Building, Columbia University
7:15 PM
How to curb deforestation in the Amazon forest
Marina Silva, Former Brazilian Minister for the Environment and Presidential Candidate
Abstract

Abstract

The Amazon is reaching a tipping point. Spanning over seven million square kilometers, the Amazon basin accounts for over 40 percent the world´s entire stock of tropical forests, 20 per cent of the global fresh water supply and 20% of the living species of our planet. It is also home to 184 indigenous peoples, which speak 120 different languages. Citizens around the globe watched with great concern the recent fires in the Amazon forest. But this is just one of many challenges threatening the biggest tropical rainforest in the world.





10/24/2019 802 International Affairs Building, Columbia University
7:15 PM
Improving Public Security in Brazil and Latin America - contributions from civil society
Ilona Szabó de Carvalho, Igarapé Institute (Brazil)
Abstract

Abstract

The presentation will discuss the scope and scale of the problem of insecurity in Brazil and Latin America, and the links between violent crime and democratic decay. It will also showcase the ways civil society organizations, such as the Igarapé Institute, are contributing to improve policy and action, and reinforce democracy in the region.





11/14/2019 802 International Affairs Building, Columbia University
7:15 PM
Understanding politics in present-day Brazil: Assessing candidates and imagining the state
Martijn Koister, Radboud University (The Netherlands)

Flávio Eiró, Radboud University (The Netherlands)
Abstract

Abstract

To contribute to a better understanding of Brazil’s recent rearrangement of political forces, including the election of Bolsonaro, we analyze and compare the ways in which both residents and political candidates imagine politics and the state in Northeast Brazil. In this paper, we build on our long-term research in low-income neighborhoods in two cities in Pernambuco and Ceará. First, we analyze the different frames of reference the urban poor use for assessing and choosing their political candidates. We show how classic theorizations of poor people’s politics in terms of reciprocity and economic rationality are not sufficient to understand the recent changes and the current setting. We add different frames of reference – disenchantment, cynicism, indifference, a conservative ethos, religious reflections – and show how these frames find expression in more or less amalgamated forms. Next to analyzing people’s immediate and long-term expectations of politicians, we take into consideration their imaginations of the state (as a provider of goods, a caregiver, a traitor, a punitive force). Second, we also look at politics “from the other side”, based on fieldwork on political candidates and their campaigns during the 2018 elections. We analyze how these candidates and their staffs navigate the new political setting, instrumentally mobilize votes and interpret the ways the urban poor engage with politics. We critically examine the tensions they experience in, on the one hand, attending to people’s direct needs and, on the other, the performance of what they consider a truly noble politics.




12/12/2019
7:15 PM

Jean Wyllys,

Fernando Salis,



12/19/2019 802 International Affairs Building, Columbia University
7:15 PM

Vânia Penha-Lopes,




01/23/2020 802 International Affairs Building, Columbia University
7:15 PM

TBA,




02/20/2020 802 International Affairs Building, Columbia University
7:15 PM

Gregory “Duff” Morton,




03/12/2020 802 International Affairs Building, Columbia University
7:15 PM

Christen Smith, University of Texas




04/16/2020 802 International Affairs Building, Columbia University
7:15 PM

Donizete Rondrigues,




Notes: Joint meeting with the Seminars on Religion and Content & Methods of the Social Sciences
05/14/2020 802 International Affairs Building, Columbia University
7:15 PM

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