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2019 Summer
* GLS 333 / LAS 323 / ANT 393 / POR 323 (SA)   na, npdf

Becoming Brazil

João Biehl
Pedro Meira Monteiro


Time after time, Brazil has been hailed the "land of the future". Capturing the world's attention for over five centuries of colonialism and modernization, Brazil has offered rich natural resources for extraction and diverse social and political realities for the imagination of travelers and the work of scientists, academics and artists alike. Drawing from history, anthropology, literature and the arts, this Global Seminar explores how Brazil's becomings have been represented nationally and internationally and the ways in which its peoples have evolved within or escaped and recast the frames of this imagined country.

Sample reading list:
Biehl, J., <i>Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment<i>
Carvalho, B., <i>Porous City: A Cultural History of Rio de Janeiro<i>
Zweig, S., <i>Brazil, Land of the Future<i>
Martins, G., <i>The Sun in the Head<i>
Meira Monteiro, P., "Precariousness Rocks: Brazilian Counterculture"
Schwarcz, L. & Starling, H., <i>Brazil: A Biography<i>

Reading/Writing assignments:
The success of the seminar depends on the students' commitment to complete all required readings, to reflect critically on the texts and films, and to participate actively in discussions and field excursions. Students will engage various archival and fieldwork methodologies and produce critical and artistic projects (culminating in the presentation of individual travelogues). The seminar will include classes of Portuguese at various levels.

Design Project - 20%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required

Other information:
This Brazil lab initiative will be based at the Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro, 6/10/19 to 7/19/19. Students will visit cultural and historical sites, and engage with local intellectuals, artists, and Brazilian youth. Field trips to São Paulo, Paraty and the Atlantic Forest, will introduce students to new forms of social mobilization and environmental politics. Does not count towards Certificate in Portuguese since course will be taught and written work will be in English.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
10060 S01 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:15