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WCED Lecture. Brazil under Bolsonaro: What Is Emerging? What Is Submerging?

Moderator: Robert Jansen, Associate Professor of Sociology, U-M
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
4:00-5:30 PM
Room 1010 | 10th Floor Event Space Weiser Hall Map
Presenters: Guilherme Casarões, professor of public administration, political science, and international relations, Fundação Getúlio Vargas; Marília Corrêa, WCED Postdoctoral Fellow, U-M; Benjamin Lessing, assistant professor of political science, University of Chicago.

Robert Jansen is a comparative-historical sociologist with substantive interests in politics, culture, and memory. He has recently completed a book on the historical emergence of populist mobilization in early twentieth century Peru. He is currently working on a project on the history of historic preservationism in the United States.

Guilherme Casarões is an Assistant Professor at Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo, Brazil. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Political Science from Universidade de São Paulo and an M.A. in International Relations from Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Programa San Tiago Dantas). He is the co-author of a handbook on the United Nations titled “A Organização das Nações Unidas” (2006) and the author of many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on Brazilian Foreign Policy, Latin American Politics, Middle Eastern Affairs, and Multilateralism. Among his works are "So Far but yet so Close: Brazil and the Middle East" (USEK, 2015); "Brasil y Turquía: hoy sócios, aliados mañana?" (Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi, 2015); "The place of Israel and Palestine in Brazilian foreign policy" (História, 2014); “Itamaraty's Mission” (Cairo Review of Global Affairs, 2014); “Itamaraty on the Move” (Bulletin of Latin American Research, 2013). He was a visiting fellow at Tel Aviv University and Brandeis University.

Marília Corrêa is a WCED Postdoctoral Fellow for 2019-21. She received her Ph.D. in history at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2019. Her dissertation, titled “Unusual Suspects: Persecuted Officers and Soldiers Under Military Rule in Brazil, 1964–1985,” studies the military dictatorship in Brazil, examining the life trajectories of armed forces officers and soldiers who did not support the 1964 coup. Focusing on the perspectives of these expelled soldiers, she examines how they remember their expulsions from the military, life during the dictatorship, and the ways in which their experiences and the memory they created affected these men socially and culturally. Her dissertation is situated at the intersection of political, social, and gender history, as well as at the history of memory, law, and human rights of Latin America in the context of the Cold War. Her research has been funded by the Tinker Foundation, the Nelle M. Signor Graduate Scholarship in International Relations, the Illinois Program for Research in Humanities and the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies.

Benjamin Lessing, assistant professor of political science at the University of Chicago, studies "criminal conflict"—organized violence involving armed groups that do not seek formal state power, such as drug cartels, prison gangs, and paramilitaries. His first book, "Making Peace In Drug Wars" (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics, 2017), examines armed conflict between drug cartels and the state in Colombia, Mexico and Brazil. Lessing has also founded the Criminal Governance in the Americas project, which is measuring the extent and intensity of gang rule over civilian populations throughout Latin America, and is co-director of the Project on Political Violence at Chicago. Lessing has also studied gang-state negotiations and armed electioneering by paramilitary groups. Prior to his doctoral work at UC Berkeley, Lessing lived in Rio de Janeiro for five years, first as a Fulbright scholar, later conducting field research on arms trafficking in Latin America and the Caribbean for non-governmental organizations including Amnesty International, Oxfam, and Viva Rio, Brazil’s largest NGO.

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Cosponsored by the U-M Brazil Initiative and the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Brazil, Latin America
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, International Institute, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies