May 27 2019 | 12:00–15:00

Special session and meeting with Miriam Grossi (Federal University of Santa Catarina), Carmen Rial (Federal University of Santa Catarina), Paola Bacchetta (University of Berkeley)

During the period of the presidential elections in Brazil in the automn 2018, Miriam Grosssi, Carmen Rial, and Paola Bacchetta were at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, and together with other researchers created a network of vigilance and solidarity against extreme right in Brazil, but also in the United States, France, etc.
This election, which saw Jair Bolsonaro come to power, corroborated the urgency at a time when we are witnessing the installation of extreme right everywhere. Before Bolsonaro on Brazil, there was Trump in the United States, Salvini in Italy, adding others already at the top of destructive and authoritarian states and recently reconducted such as Orban in Hungary, Erdogan in Turkey, Colombia, Russia, Israel, Austria, Poland...
The encounter will look at the situation in Brazil and how it has evolved since last autumn, in relation to the political and social history of Brazil and South America, and other regions of the world, and will offer elements of analysis of the various forms of repression that have taken place and emerging forms of resistance rooted in the most direct experiences of what is happening, and which cross borders.


  • Miriam Grossi (Federal University of Santa Catarina)
  • Carmen Rial (Federal University of Santa Catarina)
  • Paola Bacchetta (University of Berkeley)

Moderation: Béatrice Rettig (LLCP-Paris 8)

Miriam Grossi is a tenured professor in the Department of Anthropology at the Federal University of Santa Catarina since 1989, she works in postgraduate programs in social anthropology and interdisciplinary human sciences, and undergraduate studies in social sciences at UFSC. She is the current president of the National Association of Social Science Research (ANPOCS). She was a representative of the anthropology and human sciences section of the CTC CAPES (2001-2004), president of the Brazilian Association of Anthropology (2004-2006) and editor-in-chief of Revista Estudos Feministas (1999-2001).
Her research focuses on anthropological theory, the history of women in the anthropological field, contemporary french anthropology and qualitative research methodologies. She is the coordinator of NIGS, Nucleus of Gender Identities and Subjectivities, which is developing research in the field of queer and feminist theories on the themes of violence against women and lesbian homosexuality; LGBTQI identities, parenthoods and marriages; homoerotic art; love; gender and sexuality at school; religions and sexualities; public policies and feminist and LGBTQI movements.

Carmen Rial is a professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), researcher at CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development). She is the Director of the Visual Anthropology Research Center / UFSC Urban Anthropology Research Group. Her work focuses on cultural globalization, transnational migration, gender, consumption and sport. Her 2016 publications include four co-published books: Migration of Rich Immigrants: Gender, Ethnicity, and Class (Palgrave, with Alex Vailati); Diálogos Antropológicos Contemporâneos (with Elisete Schwade); Antropologia audiovisual na prática (with Alex Vailati, Matias Godio); and O Poder do Lixo: antropológicas approaches dos resíduos sólidos. Many publications on Brazilian football. Rial is also vice-president of the WCAA (World Council of Anthropology Associations) and former president of the Brazilian Association of Anthropology.

Paola Bacchetta is a sociologist and professor of gender and women's studies at the University of California at Berkeley. She was the director of the Berkeley Gender Consortium. She is co-director of the Political Conflict, Gender and Peoples' Rights Initiative. She is co-founder and co-director of the University Network and Transnational United Front Against Fascism. She has done two books on Right Movements: Right-Wing Women: From Conservatives to Extremists Around the World (with Margaret Power, New York: Routledge, 2002; Gender in the Hindu Nation: RSS Women as Ideologists (New Delhi: Women Unlimited, 2004). Among her other books are: Co-Motion: On Feminist and Queer of Color Alliances (Duke University, forthcoming), Global Racialities: Empire, Postcoloniality, and Decoloniality (with S. Maira and H. Winant, Routledge, 2019) and Femminismi Queer Postcoloniali: critiche transnazionali all'omofobia, all'islamofobia and all'omonazionalismo (with Laura Fantone, Verona, Italy: Ombre Corte, 2015). Numerous articles and book chapters on right-wing movements political conflicts, critical theory, transnational and decolonial feminist theories, the theory of queer of color, theories of the global South, and space. Her works are published in many languages. Her geographical domains of specialization are the United States, India, France and Italy.

Hema Upadhyay, Modernization (site-specific installation, 2011), header image of the Transnational united front against fascism online, 2018.

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