27/03/19 INFORMATION MEETING at 16h
Society and Politics in the Neo-Conservative Turn
In this public seminar five invited experts will tackle thought-provoking issues that crucial to understand Bolsonaro’s rise to power. They will also assess the directions of his government’s policies and their manifest or potential impact on Brazil and beyond. After the presentations, this panel will engage in a moderated debate with the audience. +INFO
Thomas Grisaffi University of Reading
In Coca Yes, Cocaine No Thomas Grisaffi traces the political ascent and transformation of the Movement toward Socialism (MAS) from an agricultural union of coca growers into Bolivia's ruling party. When Evo Morales—leader of the MAS—became Bolivia's president in 2006, coca growers celebrated his election and the possibility of scaling up their form of grassroots democracy to the national level. Drawing on a decade of ethnographic fieldwork with coca union leaders, peasant farmers, drug traffickers, and politicians, Grisaffi outlines the tension that Morales faced between the realities of international politics and his constituents, who, even if their coca is grown for ritual or medicinal purposes, are implicated in the cocaine trade and criminalized under the U.S.-led drug war. Grisaffi shows how Morales's failure to meet his constituents' demands demonstrates that the full realization of alternative democratic models at the local or national level is constrained or enabled by global political and economic circumstances.
Nosotros las piedras, directed by Álvaro Torres Crespo
Nosotros las piedras aborda las condiciones de supervivencia de los trabajadores del oro en Costa Rica, los llamados “oreros”, al verse obligados a abandonar su fuente de trabajo ante la creación de un Parque Nacional con fines de preservación. Una película que da en el centro de la diana de la discusión política, económica, social y medioambiental contemporánea. +READ IT