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Latin America Analyzed from the Viewpoint of Sociologists

by Richard Meckien - published Jun 03, 2015 03:55 PM - - last modified Oct 14, 2015 03:49 PM
Rights: Original version in Portuguese by Mauro Bellesa and translation by Carlos Malferrari

José Maurício Domingues
Sociologist José Maurício Domingues
will be the exhibitor of the meeting

The Latin America of Sociologists is the theme of the second conference of the Latin American Identities cycle organized by the IEA. The event will be held on June 18 at 4:00 pm, and the lecturer will be sociologist José Maurício Domingues, from the Institute of Social and Political Studies of Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ).

Domingues has a doctorate in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). He is member of the International Editorial Board of the European Journal of Social Theory and of the editorial boards of the journals Conflicto Social (Gino Germani Institute, Argentina), Revista de Sociologia (University of Chile) and Revista de Estudios Latinoamericanos . He was editor of Theory, newsletter of the Sociological Theory Committee of the International Sociological Association (ISA).

The panelists will be political scientist Adrian Gurza Lavalle and sociologist Simon Schwartzman. Lavalle is professor of the Political Science Department at USP’s School of Philosophy, Literature and Human Sciences (FFLCH), and a researcher at the Center of Metropolitan Studies (CEM) and the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP). Schwartzman is a researcher at the Institute for Labor and Society (IETS) and member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC).

This conference and the lecture cycle as a whole are coordinated by Bernardo Sorj, visiting professor at the IEA, professor at Rio de Janeiro Federal University and former director of the Edelstein Center for Social Research.

The first encounter of the cycle occurred in April and discussed the topic The Latin America of Historians. The lecturer was historian Antonio Mitre, from the Department of Political Science at Minas Gerais Federal University. Other conferences will take place in September (The Latin America of Economists) and November (The Latin America of Political Scientists).

According to Sorj, the aim of the lecture cycle is not “to affirm or deny the validity of the existence of a Latin American identity or of the Latin American ambition to be a ‘greater homeland,’ but rather to understand how the idea of Latin America was – and continues to be – built and disseminated, particularly by artists, intellectuals and social scientists.”

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