Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 4:00pm
Brazil has been rocked by a series of political convulsions since the removal of democratically elected president Dilma in 2016 -- an impeachment that many brand as a misogynist and legally questionable "coup." And more recently Brazil's political fabric has been torn by the jailing of the hugely popular former-president Lula. Since February of this year, the Brazilian Armed Forces have officially occupied Rio de Janeiro for the first time since the days of the dictatorship; the Supreme Court and legal-prosecutorial system are fractured by contradictions and authoritarian tendencies; and death squads are back in action assassinating community leaders and political dissidents like the brilliant black lesbian municipal councilwoman Marielle Franco. This tragedy has triggered the mobilization of the global, intersectional resistance movements "Marielle Vive" and "Marielle Presente," a branch of which has sprung to life here at UCSB.
The event will take place next Wednesday, May 16th at SSMS 2001 from 4pm to 7pm. There will be two panels.
"Brazil in Crisis": Paul Amar (welcoming remarks), Charles Hale, Dean of Social Sciences (moderator), Keynote Speaker Dr. Luciane Rocha, University of Manchester (Between Left and Right, We are Black: Crisis, Race and Violence in Brazil), and UCSB Global Studies graduate students Amanda Pinheiro ("Lá vem o pessoal dos Direitos Humanos": The paradox of Human Rights in the Favelas), João Sodré (Brazil: From Progressive Institutions to Retrogressive Actions) and Ana Caroline Moreno (Case studies of Female Political Resistance against Repression in Brazil).
"Women of Color and Queer Academics Respond" is composed of Professors France Winddance Twine (Sociology, UCSB), Bishnupriya Ghosh (Global Studies, UCSB), Felice Blake (English, UCSB), Sherene Seikaly (History, UCSB) and Emiko Saldivar (Anthropology, UCSB).
May 15, 2018 - 5:46pm