From coup d’état to World Cup: Brazil’s achievements and challenges 50 years after the military coup

Open seminar with researchers from Brazil, USA and Norway.

Language: English

Photos: Wikipedia and Luciano Silva / flickr


Sign up (the seminar is free of charge and open to all)

 

On April 1st 1964 Brazil’s President João Goulart was overthrown in a Coup d’état by the armed forces with support from the United States. This was the start of a 21-year long military dictatorship. At the 50th commemoration of the coup, Brazil is widely celebrated as a consolidated democracy. It has achieved an unprecedented position in regional and global politics, is coming out of a decade of major poverty reduction and improvement on other social indicators, and prepares to host the world’s largest sporting events.  However, there are also signs that Brazil has not entirely put its turbulent past behind. A national truth commission was finally appointed in 2012, dealing with reluctant Armed Forces. However, in the context of weakened growth and continued corruption, we have been witnessing social unrest and incidents of repression.

In this seminar, six renowned experts will analyze Brazil’s democratic development in a long term perspective and ask: What have been the long term legacies of the 1964 coup and the following dictatorship? What has Brazil done to deal with the atrocities committed during the dictatorship? To what extent and how have different state institutions overcome the authoritarian legacies of the past? How will that enable Brazil to overcome its current challenges?

Go to presentation of speakers.

 

Programme:

08:30 Coffee/registration
08:45 Introduction/welcome
09:00 THE COUP AND ITS LEGACIES IN BRAZIL’S POLITICAL SYSTEM
Fabiano Guilherme Santos
Professor   Institute for Social and Political Studies, State University of Rio de Janeiro
10:00 THE LEGACY OF THE DICTATORSHIP ON BRAZIL’S ECONOMIC MODEL
Yuri Kasahara

Senior Researcher,   NIBR
10:30 BRAZIL’S TRUTH COMMISSIONS AND TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
Nora Sveaas

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo
11:00 Coffee/refreshments
11:30 A POST-DICTATORSHIP GENERATION? THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DICTATORSHIP FOR THE CURRENT BRAZILIAN POLITICAL LEADERS
Torkjell Leira

 Advisor, University of Oslo
12:00 PROTESTS AND CIVIL RIGHTS 50 YEARS AFTER THE COUP
Einar Braathen

Senior Researcher, NIBR
12:30 AUTHORITARIAN LEGACIES, DEMOCRACY AND POPULAR RESISTANCE IN THE BRAZILIAN COUNTRYSIDE
Miguel Carter

Research Fellow, American University
13:00 Round-up panel
13:30 END

 

Tags: Brazil
Published Apr. 1, 2014 10:58 AM - Last modified Apr. 9, 2015 4:08 PM