Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Brazil Center Lecture: "The Rise of Conservative Subjectivity in Brazil"

Thu, February 14, 2019 | Garrison Hall (GAR) 4.100

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The LLILAS Benson Brazil Center and The Institute for Historical Studies present the lecture "From Hope to Hate: The Rise of Conservative Subjectivity in Brazil," by Rosana Pinheiro Machado (Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil).

Brazilians have just elected a far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro. In this talk, Rosana Pinheiro-Machado introduces the panorama of Brazilian politics from “Lula-ism”’ to “Bolsonaro-ism,” marked by the rise and fall of economic growth as well as by democratic collapse. These changes in national development have also shaped the individual self of Brazilians, and their ways of doing politics and understanding the world. An examination of these processes can help us understand how the very citizens who exemplified Brazil's rise as a global democratic power came to support Bolsonaro. 

Pinheiro-Machado will draw on her longitudinal ethnography (with Dr. Lucia Scalco) on consumption and politics among young people in a favela of Porto Alegre. In an effort to understand the emergence of conservative subjectivity, the researchers have been following youth since 2009 through the recent transformations that resulted in the election of Bolsonaro. 

Dr. Rosana Pinheiro-Machado is a Brazilian anthropologist from Porto Alegre. As an international scholar, she teaches at Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM) and is a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy as well as a co-founder of the Comum School of Government. Before joining UFSM, Pinheiro-Machado was a lecturer at the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford (2013–2016) and a Visiting Scholar in the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University (2012–2013).

Pinheiro-Machado was educated in the Brazilian public and free education system. She studied at the state school Rio Branco (Porto Alegre) and carried out her undergraduate and graduate studies at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. As a PhD student, she was awarded the Wenner-Gren Foundation (EUA) individual grant for the fieldwork in Paraguay and China. Her topics of expertise are international development, intellectual property, piracy and informality, transnationalism, low-income markets (and consumption), poverty, urban peripheries, and modernity in emerging economies (especially the BRICS countries). She has also taught and supervised works on the newest social movements in the twenty-first century.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Courtney Meador. To RSVP and receive event updates via Facebook, visit The Rise of Conservative Subjectivity in Brazil.

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