Middle East Studies

Middle East Studies / Brazil Initiative Fall 2015 Speaker Series

Thursday, December 3, 2015

2:00pm – 6:00pm

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer St. Providence, RI 02906

Two separate programs

MES Brazil

2:00 p.m. Oswaldo Truzzi, “Lebanese and Syrian Immigration to São Paulo from 1880 to 1950: Socio-Economic Mobility and Identity Patterns in a New Homeland,”
Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCAR) and National Council for Scientific and Technological Development(CNPq).

MES Brazil

4:00 p.m. John T. Karam, “Manifold Destiny: Arabs at a South American Border Remaking the Hemisphere.”
Spanish and Portuguese, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The saga of thousands Lebanese and Syrian immigrants who moved to Brazil from the last two decades of the 19th century until the 1930s constitutes a great chapter in the immigration history of Brazil, and especially of São Paulo. The conference focuses on the main features of this pioneering saga, by exploring the characteristics of the flow, the socio-economic insertion, identity patterns, processes of differentiation of the group, as well as the massive entry of the first generation born in Brazil in the professions and in local politics. Finally, a comparative approach highlights the similarities and differences in the trajectories of Lebanese and Syrians in Brazil and the United States.

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