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Roundtable and Lecture: "Reflections on Brazil's Estado Novo, 1937-1945"

Wed, November 14, 2012 • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM • Eastwoods Room, UNB 2.102

November 2012 marks the 75th anniversary of the advent 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. This roundtable discussion and lecture bring together political scientists and historians to assess the impact of the Vargas dictatorship on Brazilian politics and society and its historical legacy.

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

Barbara 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 this 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.

For more information, contact the Brazil Center.

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