Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Brazil Initiative

Sonia Roncador - White Trash à brasileira: Immigration and the “Problem of Acclimatization” in Nineteenth-Century Rio

Thursday, February 22, 2018

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.

Drawing from mid nineteenth-century newspaper crônicas and medical pamphlets on European immigrants’ uncertain acclimatization in miasmatic (toxic) Rio’s inner city, my talk challenges these immigrants’ “unconditional whiteness,” and ultimately proposes to revise the paradigm of whitening framing discourses of immigration in Brazil.