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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

PORT 5910 Fall 2012

PORT 5910: "Topics in Lusophone Cultures and Literatures: Violence and Democracy" will be taught by visiting Professor Jaime Ginzburg from the University of Sao Paulo this fall 2012 semester on Tuesdays from 2:30-5:30pm. Continue reading for a course description.

This class will discuss the theory of violence, including elements from sociology, anthropology, philosophy and psychoanalysis; authoritarianism, considering specifically how post-dictatorial societies deal with social contradictions; and the role of freedom of speech in democracy. It is expected that the course contribute to debates on contemporary violence, including perspectives dedicated to human rights, individual freedom,terror and fascism. The approach will include the study of concrete examples, articulating theory and analysis. Some of these examples will be related to Latin America,especially Brazil. Some classes will be dedicated to cultural issues,using film, music, fine arts and literature. Only a reading knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese is essential.
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