Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

#Resistência: Contemporary AfroBrazilian Literature as Resistance

Thursday, April 15, 2021

3:00pm – 4:30pm


Please join us on Thursday, April 15th from 3-4:30.

We will hold a roundtable discussion with contemporary Brazilian writers about contemporary AfroBrazilian literature (and culture more generally) as a site of resistance.  Prof. Leila Lehnen (Brown U) and Leonora Paula (Michigan State U)will lead a discussion with AfroBrazilian writers:

- Mel Adún

- Sacolinha

- Lívia Natália

- Jeferson Tenório

The panel will broach questions such as:

- Does AfroBrazilian literature functions as a site of resistance?   

- How do these writers understand (both individually and collectively) culture as a form of resistance?

- Can literature offer a sense of futurity, whether by claiming space for AfroBrazilian culture and identity or specifically broaching Afro-Futurist themes and topics.

Please pre-register for the event at: https://forms.gle/z5bxo4Km8G6CECYq5 

You will receive the Zoom link at 1pm on the day of the event.

Sponsored by: the Brazil Initiative, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Africana Studies, Comparative Literature, and the Watson Institute 

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