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Political scientists debate their visions of Latin America

by Richard Meckien - published Nov 03, 2015 04:25 PM - - last modified Nov 05, 2015 05:05 PM
Rights: Original version in Portuguese by Mauro Bellesa.

The Latin America of Political Scientists is the theme of the fourth meeting of the cycle Latin American Identities. The debate will be held on November 12, at 4 pm, in the Congregation Room of the USP's Institute of International Relations (IRI).

The exhibitor will be Leonardo Avritzer. Maria Hermínia Tavares de Almeida, from the IRI-USP, and Sérgio Fausto, executive superintendent of the Institute Fernando Henrique Cardoso (iFHC), will be the panelists. Coordination will be in charge of Bernardo Sorj, director of the Edelstein Center for Social Research and a former visiting professor of the IEA.


The cycle aims to understand, from the perspective of different disciplines, how the idea of ​​Latin America was and continues to be built and disseminated by social scientists, intellectuals and artists.

According to Sorj, the aim is to reflect on the multiple connotations that Latin America has acquired over its historical process, as they relate to specific political, cultural and economic projects.

“Generalizations about Latin America that emphasize unity demonstrate unawareness of the region’s diversity, but we also cannot fail to recognize that the winds that blow in one country, although finding diverse national geologies along the way, affect with particular force the region as a whole,” he stresses.

The first three meetings took place in April, June and August, and discussed, respectively, the outlook that historians, sociologists and economists have of Latin America.