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Arts and politics in Brazil today: thinking in a global perspective

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Organizer: Marcelo Cizaurre Guirau

Co-Organizer: Fabiana de Lacerda Vilaço

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Brazil has recently risen to the collective attention of the world as the locus of a radical turn to the far-right that has increasingly become paradigmatic today. The long-term consequences of such a change are to be unveiled, but we can search for glimpses of that future in works of art such as the newly released movie Bacurau, which projects an uncontrollably violent environment not far from the viewer – just a few years ahead, as it is said at the beginning of the movie. Revisiting the Sertão, Bacurau brings amplitude to the theme of violence in Brazil, evoking and dialoguing with narratives such as Grande Sertão: Veredas (The Devil to Pay in the Backlands), by Guimarães Rosa, Os Sertões (Backlands: The Canudos Campaign), by Euclides da Cunha e Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol (Black God, White Devil), by Glauber Rocha, just to name a few. In order to promote discussion and to collectively deepen our understanding of the present situation and its possible outcomes, we welcome, in this seminar, papers from scholars all around the world interested in Brazilian studies, literature and arts and or in the present Brazilian conjuncture willing to share their reflections from a critical and global perspective.  

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