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Forms of Repression in Brazil: The Political (after)life of Marielle Franco

08. Jun

08.06.2021 — 6 p.m. Forms of Repression in Brazil: The Political (after)life of Marielle Franco Lecture by Prof. Dr. Flavia Meireles (CEFET, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

This talk by Flavia Meireles examines the brief but remarkable presence of leftist Brazilian lesbian politician Marielle Franco, who was assassinated on March 14, 2018 in a still unresolved case. What can we, as scholars, learn from the study of Marielle Franco’s political (after)life? The talk will address her parliamentary strategies from a queer/lesbofeminist perspective fighting against institutional/life-threatening repression as a minority force and the inherent issues that her presence brought to light. Along with this, we will also address the persistent continuation of her struggle through many diverse demonstrations of supporters and institutions after her death. By theorizing the stakes, successes and the limits of her presence/absence in Brazil during a conservative (necro) political and neoliberal turn, the talk will also shed light on precarious forms of life and the challenges to make space for them in academic environments.

Followed by a discussion with

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Scientists from all over the world experience repressions. Not only are they prevented from conducting free research, often their lives and the lives of their families are endangered. Minorities find it difficult to assert themselves in the academic world. A different way of thinking or criticism of their own country can lead to institutional, life-threatening repression.

What forms can such threats take? And how does the academic world deal with it? On the one hand, attempts are being made to maintain cooperation in research and teaching in countries with authoritarian, repressive and totalitarian regimes. On the other hand, universities and institutions are involved in supporting researchers who are persecuted and threatened by persecution. Isn‘t that a contradiction?

This speaker series is intended to stimulate thought, provide insights into the academic reality of researchers and initiate rethinking.


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