Cornell University

Brazilian race relations and French late colonialism: a connected intellectual history

Monday, October 2, 2017 at 12:15pm to 1:10pm

Uris Hall, 153 109 Tower Road, Ithaca, NY 14853

From a political and economic perspective, the relationships between Brazilian social organization and French late-colonialism appear unrelated. But French intellectuals in institutions as varied as UNESCO and the École Pratique des Hautes Études found Brazilian race relations to be a model for "harmonious" coexistence and mixing in the 1950s. Brazil, in a sense, might help to de-escalate colonial conflict. This presentation analyzes this ambiguous connected history between intellectuals such as Gilberto Freyre, Florestan Fernandes, Roger Bastide, and Fernand Braudel.

Ian Merkel is a PhD Candidate in History and French Studies at New York University. He received funding for his dissertation from Fulbright-Hays (Brazil) and the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), among others. This spring, he will be teaching a course on Brazilian intellectual and cultural history here at Cornell.

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Latino Studies Program, Applied and Engineering Physics, History, Romance Studies, Latin American Studies Program (LASP), Global Cornell

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Ian W Merkel

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Cornell University Post-Doctorate, History

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