Research seminar: The Rise of the Right Wing and the Reconfiguration of Racism in Brazil

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Engelska parken House 22, room 22-1017
  • Lecturer: Joaze Bernardino Costa, University of Brasília. Department of Sociology. Kommentator: Patricia Lorenzoni, är filosofie doktor i idéhistoria och forskarassistent vid CEMFOR.
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  • Organiser: Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism (CEMFOR)
  • Contact person: jeannette escanilla
  • Seminarium


From the point of view of the hegemonic discourse, Brazil was treated throughout the twentieth century as an exceptionality in terms of harmonious coexistence between whites and blacks. This hegemonic discourse coexisted with a counter-hegemonic discourse of the black population that always denounced practices of racism in Brazil. The election campaign of 2018, which culminated in the rise of right wing parties to power, has caused Brazilian racism to come out of the closet and show its more overt aspect. The presentation will discuss the reconfiguration of racism in Brazil, which has resulted in its most cruel face, the genocide of black youth, as well as the dismantling of some of the achievements of the left-wing government that held power between 2003 and 2015. We will also develop a reflection on the need for a new leftist project which should recognize the centrality of racial issues in the country.