History Department
History Department

Reflections on Brazil’s Estado Novo, 1937-1945

Wed, November 14, 2012 | Eastwoods Room, UNB 2.102- Texas Union

3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Reflections on Brazil’s Estado Novo, 1937-1945

November 2012 marks the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Vargas dictatorship (the Estado Novo), widely seen as a formative moment in the history of twentieth-century Brazil due to the centralization of state power, the flourishing of cultural nationalism, and the emergence of populist politics. In recognition of this historic event, the Brazil Center will hold a roundtable discussion and lecture bringing together political scientists and historians to assess the impact of the Vargas dictatorship on Brazilian politics and society, and its historical legacy.
For the event the Center welcomes Barbara Weinstein, Professor of History and Silver Professor at New York University. Dr. Weinstein’s research focuses on postcolonial Latin America, particularly Brazil, with exploration of questions of labor, gender, race, and political economy. Weinstein’s forthcoming book—Race, Region, Nation: São Paulo and the Formation of Brazilian National Identities (Duke University Press)—considers a period in Brazilian history when the state of São Paulo emerged as the nation’s dominant economic center and political force.

Tracing elite and scholarly discourses in this period, she explores the way in which paulistas, deploying highly racialized discourses, constructed a notion of São Paulo exceptionalism that produced a hierarchical, almost imperial view of the region’s position within Brazil. A principal objective of Dr. Weinstein’s research is to illuminate the processes by which modernity in Brazil became “racialized” and identified with “whiteness” even as elites proclaimed their nation to be a racial democracy.
Please join us for this exciting event on Wed., November 14, from 3:30 -6:00 PM, in the Eastwoods Room, UNB 2.102.

3:30 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion: Rethinking the Estado Novo
Felipe Cruz (Graduate Student, Dept. of History); Seth Garfield (Associate Professor, Dept. of History); Wendy Hunter (Professor, Dept. of Government); Kurt Weyland (Lozano Long Professor, Dept. of Government)

5:00 p.m.
Lecture: Flag Burning and Other Conflagrations: The Estado Novo and the Centralization of Brazilian Politics
Dr. Barbara Weinstein, New York University

Sponsored by: Brazil Center of LLILAS

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