Friday, January 23, 2009
1644 School of Social Work Building (on the left hand side when entering the building - International Institute - walk through the gallery, it is the small room in the corner)
Flavio Limoncic will present "The Brazilian Automotive Industry in International Context: From European Origins to American Crisis." In the 1950s, Brazil experienced a series of exchange crises and needed to overcome two structural impediments to its development: insufficient energy and transportation. President Juscelino Kubitscheck responded to this situation with a series of national development goals, which included the nationalization of the automotive industry. This lecture will describe the principle characteristics of the Brazilian automotive industry in the 1950s and 1960s, analyze the crisis of the 1980s and its restructuring in the 1990s, and discuss the challenges that it faces today in the face of the growing severity of the global financial crisis. Dr. Limoncic is Associate Professor of History at Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO). A specialist in 20th-century Brazilian political and economic history, he has published widely in major Brazilian political and scholarly journals on the history of the automobile industry, Fordism, civil society, contemporary political institutions, immigration, and ethnic identity.