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Dear Mecila Friends,
We hope you are well in the difficult times we are all experiencing. Due to the current health crisis, the universities and research institutions that constitute our Centre as well as the Coordination Office in São Paulo and the Berlin Office are operating under exceptional conditions. 

The current challenges we are all facing in these extreme times underline the relevance of our research agenda: the co-constitution of conviviality and inequality. The current obstacles for the individual mobility of scientists have also reinforced our understanding that effective academic internationalisation requires stable networking structures, ones that are able to ensure scientific cooperation beyond in-person exchanges. International networks such as Mecila have proved to function as a countercyclical internationalisation policy under current restrictions and other potential cooperation constraints. Accordingly, Mecila is continuing its operations online, including the regular exchange among its Principal Investigators (PIs), the publication of research results, the Working Papers series, and other forms of outreach. The selection process of Junior and Senior Fellows will be completed soon, albeit with a postponed start date. The new schedule will be made public as soon as possible. 

Over the coming weeks, we will release all recordings of our International Conference "Living on the Edge" (March 2020). In this edition of the Newsletter, you can already access the Opening Remarks and the Keynote Lectures. We are also launching our podcast series: Diálogos Mecila. In this first episode, the PIs of the Centre’s Research Area Politics of Conviviality discuss some of the impact that the pandemic is having on conviviality and inequality in Argentina, Brazil, Germany, and Mexico. 

Thank you very much for your interest and all the best for the period at home. 

Best regards,
The Mecila Team 
. Media . 
: Have you already listen to Diálogos Mecila?

The new coronavirus pandemic is a global challenge, but for every new place it reaches, a particular set of problems comes to the fore. In the first edition of our new podcast series, "Diálogos Mecila," four of the Centre’s Principal Investigators discuss the policies adopted in Argentina, Brazil, Germany, and Mexico, and how the pandemic reasserts the inequalities already present in each of these places.

This first episode brings together Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa (Freie Universität Berlin), Prof. Dr. Laura Flamand (El Colegio de México), Prof. Dr. Marcos Nobre (Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento), and Prof. Dr. Juan Piovani (Instituto de Investigaciones en Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales).

Since we have just uploaded the episode, it might take a few days until Diálogos Mecila appears on all media players. Until then, you can find it on our website and on our YouTube Channel.

(in Spanish and Portuguese)

: Living on the Edge, one more time
All lectures and exciting discussions that took place during our International Conference, last March, will be available on our Youtube Channel. The first recordings we are releasing today are the Opening Remarks and the Keynote Lectures by Prof. Dr. Nilma Lino Gomes, Prof. Dr. Paolo Gerbaudo, and Davi Kopenawa Yanomami. We will also release all other Panels soon, so follow our Facebook page and Youtube Channel for updates. (in English and Portuguese)

Photo: Nilma Gomes by Wanezza Soares
Karin Stögner on the authoritarian character today
The present form of the Authoritarian Character is not restricted to one side of the political spectrum, argues Prof. Dr. Karin Stögner in her lecture “From Hatred of Difference to Identity Compulsion,” held at Cebrap on 19 February. How can we acknowledge the new forms of authoritarianism? And how can the ideas of “difference” and “individual” play a role in such a debate? Prof. Stögner's talk is now fully available on our YouTube Channel. (in English)
Brazilian political landscape amidst the pandemic
In times of live-streams and webinars, the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (Cebrap) is keeping up its activities and respecting social distancing measures. In this webinar, Prof. Dr. Angela Alonso (Universidade de São Paulo), Prof. Dr. Conrado Hübner Mendes (Universidade de São Paulo) and Prof. Dr. Marcos Nobre (University of Campinas, Unicamp) discuss how the COVID-19 crisis affects an already tempestuous political landscape. Moderation by Prof. Dr. Maria Hermínia Tavares de Almeida (Universidade de São Paulo/ Cebrap).
Follow Cebrap on YouTube for all forthcoming webinars. 
(in Portuguese)
Jair Bolsonaro and the coronavirus crisis

Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa, Mecila's Project Coordinating Director, comments on the current affairs in Brazil, and how President Jair Bolsonaro is handling (or not) the coronavirus crisis. The article offers an insight into the latest political developments in the country, and how the coronavirus crisis is affecting public opinion. 

(in German)

. Publications . 

Two new Working Papers available
Paid domestic workers and housewives often share common tasks. How would they articulate a common struggle for their rights? Dr. Raquel Rojas Scheffer analyses cases in Paraguay and Uruguay in order to understand how such disputes take form. In particular, the author examines how ethnic differences are utilised to undervalue domestic workers in a dispute regarding inequitable working conditions.  (in English)
The notion of mestizaje is a paramount marker of the constitution of identity in Paraguay. Its implications extend to the cultural, social, and political life of the country. Prof. Dr. Barbara Potthast examines these manifold significances of mestizaje in the convivial regimes of this country and how a nationalistic ideology of mestizaje still persists in modern-day Paraguay. (in English)

The Mecila Working Paper Series is fully available on our website.
Survey: social impact of the isolation measures in Argentina

Our Principal Investigator Prof. Dr. Juan Piovani and our former Senior Fellow Prof. Dr. Gabriel Kessler are part of the Social Sciences Commission of the Coronavirus Unit COVID-19, that prepared a study on the social impact of the isolation measures imposed by PEN (Programme of Emergency Assistance to Labour and Production). The general objective of this survey, held between 23 and 25 March, is to provide information on the social impact of the COVID19 pandemic in Argentina. Specifically, the survey indicates the difficulties faced by the population to comply with the isolation measures established by the Emergency Programme and expectations of a possible extension. 

(in Spanish)

. Calls . 

Mecila Principal Investigators Prof. Dr. Gloria Chicote (UNLP/ IdIHCS), Prof. Dr. Susanne Klengel (FU Berlin), and  Prof. Dr. Christoph Müller (IAI) will be participating as coordinators of the 23rd Convention of the German Association of Hispanic Studies Scholars (XXIII Congreso de la Asociación Alemana de Hispanistas Nuevos ambientes de la hispanística:  digitalización – reinscripciones – interfaces). Our PIs kindly invite you to submit abstracts for the table session “La producción literaria y cultural como espacio de convivialidad: Post/Autonomía, Materialidad/Virtualidad, A/Simetrías.”

The event will take place from 24 to 27 February 2021 at the University of Graz. Submissions are accepted for this and all other sessions until 31 August.
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