UCL Institute of the Americas


An Intersectional Approach to Violence: Marginalized groups under conservatism

30 April 2019, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

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This event is free.

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Daisy Voake


Institute of the Americas
51 Gordon Square
United Kingdom

Feminist Politics and Conservative Backlash in Brazil: A seminar series
Co-organized by the University of West London

An Intersectional Approach to Violence: Marginalized groups under conservatism

Brazil's 2018 election cycle was marked by unprecedented turmoil: The assassination of activist and city councilor Marielle Franco; the arrest of former president Lula; the rise and eventual election of Jair Bolsonaro. It was also a period of intense feminist mobilization, both on the streets and online: Mass demonstrations took place across 114 cities and were integrated through vibrant, wide-reaching digital campaigns. This symposium invites an interdisciplinary group of Brazilian academics to address the gendered political dynamics that shaped Brazil’s most recent elections and discuss the rise of the radical right at a time of expansion (and consolidation) of a broad feminist protest movement. For example: What forms of resistance are feminist activists (re)creating in Brazil? How does the recent cycle of new feminist movements impact manifestations of masculinity? Can ‘culture wars’ explain the current political polarization in Brazil? How can the attention to inequality and power structures be intersectionally combined to inform a broader understanding of Brazil’s current political scenario?

Photo credit: Fabio Montarroios


About the Speakers

Katucha Bento

Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds

Bia Accioly Lins

Doctoral researcher at USP

Bruno Cesar Barbosa

Post-doctoral researcher at UCL

Cathy McIlwaine

Professor of Development Geography at King’s College London