Representations of Brazil and the Portuguese in 18th-Century Travel Literature

The travel literature, which did not have Brazil as final destination, could have disproportionate and unsuspected repercussions. By Dr. Ângela Maria Vieira DominguesProfessor of HistoryInstituto de Investigação Cientíca TropicalCentro de História de Além-Mar (FCSH/UNL) Abstract As part of a reflection on Atlantic history, I intend to reread the travel literature written by Europeans who stayed[…]

An Antidote for Social Amnesia: The Memory Space of the Cais do Valongo

Valongo Wharf, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 13, 2013 The archeological remains of a wharf in Rio de Janeiro used in the transatlantic slave trade is a site of collective memory. By Camilla Querin / 12.12.2017 Research Assistant Getty Research Institute In 2011 an archeological site of global importance resurfaced in Rio de Janeiro: the Cais[…]

In Brazil, Religious Gang Leaders Say They’re Waging a Holy War

Brazil’s jailhouse preachers may not explicitly condone violence against people of other faiths, but they’ve remained largely silent as their well-armed followers wage a holy war. Reuters/Ricardo Moraes By Dr. Robert Muggah / 11.02.2017 Associate Lecturer Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) The expression “evangelical drug trafficker” may sound incongruous, but in Rio de[…]

This Old Catholic Ritual is Giving Brazil’s Economy a Small Boost, One Virgin Mary Statuette at a Time

The Virgin Mary may not be able to pull Brazil out of a deep recession, but her church-sponsored house calls do wonders to ease economic malaise among participating Catholic families.  Pilar Olivares/Reuters    By Dr. Bernardo Figueiredo and Dr. Daiane Scaraboto / 09.12.2017 Figueiredo: Senior Lecturer in Marketing, RMIT University Scaraboto: Assistant Professor of Marketing, Universidad[…]