Panel 1: Oracle and Obstacle. Brazilian Literature & Culture Today


Date: Friday, August 19th, 17:00-19:00
Place: Tiedekulma Stage, University of Helsinki (Yliopistonkatu 4)
Participants: Ricardo Domeneck (Brazil), Angélica Freitas (Brazil), Flávia G Botelho (Brazil)
Language: English, Portuguese


This year Brazil turns two hundred years young. Seemingly capable of harmonizing the forces of Native American, African, and European ancestry, 20th century Brazil saw the emergence of several avant-garde movements in literature, visual arts, and architecture, with stark repercussions beyond Latin America and the Lusophone world. In a strange synchronicity with other Global South nations, societal and political transformations have followed a shakier path, giving Brazilian intellectuals the task of addressing, digesting, but also rejoicing in a reality ripe with contradictions. In the first segment of the panel, the panelists will discuss the most salient literary movements at play in Brazil, and their own affinities within them. In the second segment, they will address the current state of Brazilian political life, as the winds of change stir up with an approaching and naturally fraught presidential election.