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

UT-Fulbright Talk: "Inventing Brazil: The Manguinhos Institute and the Role of Science in the Construction of a Nation"

Thu, February 7, 2019 | Hackett Room, SRH 1.313

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

UT-Fulbright Visiting Professor Henrique Cukierman presents "Inventing Brazil: The Manguinhos Institute and the Role of Science in the Construction of a Nation." 

The Manguinhos Institute, popularly known as Manguinhos, was founded in 1900 in Rio de Janeiro and continues to be a leading Brazilian institution for research, teaching, and the production of medicine in the public health area. During the first years of its history, Maguinhos was involved in efforts to build the Brazilian nation and national identity through creating a “modern” Brazilian science. The scientific expeditions to Brazil’s vast hinterland undertaken by the institute between 1911 and 1913 are particularly important for understanding the role of science in constructing Brazil as a modern nation. These expeditions allow us to see the interactions between local and global forms of knowledge in the locations in which they came into contact, and the tensions this contact produced. They also show the ties between nation building and the colonization of both the scientists involved (through their desire to emulate European science) and the residents of the inland northern tropical region. This lecture explores the use, perception, and adaptation of European medical science in that region and how local material conditions and cultures come into contact with Western science and technology to shape the production of scientific knowledge.

Henrique Cukierman is an associate profesor at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Paloma Díaz.

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