The University of Oxford’s “Brazil Week”, aims to raise awareness about the richness and diversity of Brazilian culture by organising a number of free events open not only to students and academics, but also to the general public. It celebrates the fact that there are so many academics and students at the University of Oxford who are working in and on Brazil (from areas as wide-ranging as Literature, Politics, Anthropology, Environmental Science, Linguistics, Theology and Ethnomusicology), and to bring them together. It also functions to introduce the culture and society of Brazil to those who are interested. It facilitates interaction between the University and the public – including the approximately 4,000 Brazilians living in Oxford. Over the past ten years, the event has attracted people from other universities, cities and even countries. Notable guests from previous editions include singer-songwriter Adriana Calcanhotto, actress Simone Spoladore, and film director Marcelo Caetano. This year’s Brazil Week will take place in week 3, between 03/02 and 07/02. There’ll be film screenings, literary debates, and cross-faculty academic panels.
Monday 3 February
7-9.30pm, Fitzhugh Auditorium, Cohen Quad (Exeter College), Walton Street
Film: Democracia em Vertigem (The Edge of Democracy), dir. Petra Costa (2019), 2h10minutes, (English subtitles). Introduced by Gui Perdigão (Sub-Faculty of Portuguese)
Oscar-nominated documentary about the recent turbulent period in Brazilian politics.
Tuesday 4 February
5-7pm, Room 2, Taylor Institute
Brazilian Biographers – in Conversation
Consuelo Dieguez is a journalist who writes for Piauí magazine and a Journalist Fellow at the Reuters Institute. She has written profiles of many prominent figures in Brazilian business and politics, including president Jair Bolsonaro. Some were published in her 2014 book Bilhões e Lágrimas [Billions and Tears].
Miguel Conde is a journalist, editor of Words Without Borders magazine and a former curator of FLIP Brazil’s biggest international literary festival. He is also an Academic Visitor at the Oxford Latin American Centre. Miguel is currently writing a biography of neo-concretist Brazilian poet and critic Ferreira Gullar.
The conversation will be introduced and chaired by Claire Williams (Sub-Faculty of Portuguese).
Wednesday 5 February
2-3pm, Blackwell Bookshop, Broad Street
Author Reading: Two British-Brazilian Writers
Luiza Sauma and Yara Rodrigues Fowler will read from their novels Flesh and Bone and Water (2017) and Stubborn Archivist (2019)
Please register via blackwellbrazilweek2O.eventbrite.co.uk
Yara Rodrigues Fowler has published her work in publications and sites as wide ranging as the Guardian, Vogue, Skin Deep, and BBC Brasil. She is a trustee of Latin American Women’s Aid, an organisation that runs the only two refuges in Europe for and by Latin American women. https://yararodriguesfowler.com/
Luiza Sauma worked as a journalist for several newspapers, including the Telegraph, the Guardian, the i, and the Independent on Sunday, where she was an arts journalist. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths (University of London), where she won the Pat Kavanagh award. She has published two novels: Flesh and Bone and Water (2017) and Everything you Ever Wanted (2019). http://luizasauma.com/
Introduced by Claire Williams (Sub-Faculty of Portuguese).
Thursday 6 February
12-1.30pm, Maison Française d’Oxford (MFO), 2-10 Norham Road, OX2 6SE
Round Table with Yanomami Scholar Davi Kopenawa: Art, Science and Diplomacy for a Plural World on a Challenged Planet
The Round Table will take inspiration from Davi Kopenawa’s co-authored The Falling Sky to debate projects of ‘enlightened localisms’ that call for new ways of thinking about world civilization. Participants include scholars from across the University of Oxford.
2-4pm, Dorfman Room, St Peter’s College
Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Seminar
Postgraduates from different departments and disciplines around Oxford University will present their research projects.
4.30-6pm, St Antony’s College, Syndicate Room
Brazilian Studies Programme Book Round
Researchers present new and forthcoming books on Brazilian topics, including:
Vulnerable Men: Political Ambition and Resistance to Gender Quotas in Latin America, by Malu A. C. Gatto; Cybersecurity Governance: States, the Military and Digital Space, by Carlos Solar; The Politics of Memory: Urban Cultural Heritage in Brazil, by Andreza A de Souza Santos; From Dilma to Bolsonaro: democracy, institutions and the populist threat in Brazil, by Marcus Andre Melo and Carlos Pereira.
Friday 7 February
9am-6.30pm, Garden Room, St Antony’s College
‘Informal Practices in Brazil: Exclusion and Privilege’, The Latin American Centre’s Brazilian Studies Programme Annual Conference
Keynote Speaker: Brodwyn Fischer (University of Chicago)
The full programme can be found in PDF format here.