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The World in Motion: Superpower Brazil?

Tuesday November 9th 2021 | 20:00-21:30 | Academiegebouw (Aula)

The time that Brazil was the progressive champion of the developing world, seems over. Growing social polarization, political instability, and endemic violence and insecurity led to the presidency of the radical right wing politician Bolsonaro. Corruption and austerity measures created economic stagnation and led to rising poverty and inequality. Bolsonaro’s catastrophic mishandling of the Covid-19 pandemic and global concerns over deforestation of the Amazon even made things worse. How will South America’s largest country recover?

This and more will be discussed with Cultural Anthropologist Prof. Kees Koonings. Kees Koonings teaches subjects related to Latin American studies at the department of Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University. He also holds a partime special chair ‘Brazilian Studies’ at CEDLA/University of Amsterdam.

This talk is organised in collaboration with Studium Generale and Centre for Global Challenges.

You don’t have to sign up for this event. However, you’ll need to show a valid QR-code via the ‘CoronaCheck app’ at the entrance of the location.