This course focuses on the origins and current configuration of the Brazilian society through the lenses of historical and cultural events. Some of the topics addressed in the course are the colonization (16th to 19th centuries); culture contact between Europeans and native populations; slavery and the resistance to it; economic development; immigration and internal migration; life in the backlands; urban problems; the military dictatorship (1964-1980), the redemocratization in the 1980s and the current challenges faced by the country. The Brazilian society is one of the most diverse ones in the world. Not only because of its Indigenous, African and European origins (more than 50% of its population is of African descent), but also because of mass migrations that occurred from Asia in the 20th century. Students explore the past and present consequences of this multicultural and multiethnic society at the same time they are exposed to different forms of artistic representations, from film to music, dance, literature and other forms of artistic expressions.
- Teacher: Luiz Amaral