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Dear readers, 

we hope it's still in time to wish you all a happy new year. There's already a lot going on at Mecila. We are glad for the impressive number of applications we received for our first Fellowship Calls from all around the world. Besides that, we're already preparing our first events of the year, one in Berlin, another in São Paulo, both strongly addressing Mecila's research theme for the year: conservatisms. Judging from the start, 2020 seems promising. 

Mecila Team
. Calls . 
Open call for Cebrap’s International Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Program (IPP)
The Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (Cebrap) will select a group of 15 PhDs of different nationalities (having obtained their title in Brazil or elsewhere) for its International Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Program (IPP). Researchers from areas such as Political Science, Economics, Law, Anthropology, History, Demography and Philosophy are welcome to apply. In addition to their own researches, fellows will also be integrated on the activities already promoted by Cebrap, such as seminars, conference and debates.

Professors Maria Herminia Tavares de Almeida and Marta Machado (one of Mecila’s Principal Investigators) are the directors of the Program. Check out some testimonials from previous participants.

Applicants have until March 27th to submit their application. Here you can find all the information needed.

. Events. 

: The conservative backlash: Brazil in comparative perspective
During the last few years, far-right movements and actors have increasingly gained place throughout the world. In some cases, such as in Brazil, this ascension resulted on the actual election of those actors, as portrayed by the victory of Jair Bolsonaro on the presidential run of 2018, along with several other conservative members that joined Congress

This conservative turn, however, could not be predicted by social scientists, either by methodological limitations or blindness caused by hyper-specialization. It is intending to overcome such shortcomings that the workshop “The conservative backlash: Brazil in comparative perspective” takes place.

In an interdisciplinary fashion, the event takes Brazil as a standpoint to provide a diagnosis of conservatism in other countries as well, also proposing a research agenda about contemporary far-right actors. 

The workshop will take place at the Latin American Institute (LAI) of the Freie Universität Berlin on February 17th and 18th and its full programme is already available. Several Investigators of Mecila will be there sharing their takes on the theme, such as Marta Machado (FGV, São Paulo), Marianne Braig (FU-Berlin), Sergio Costa (FU-Berlin), Marcos Nobre (Cebrap, São Paulo) and Samuel Barbosa (USP, São Paulo).
: From Hatred of Difference to Identity Compulsion • Authoritarian Personality Today
How a classic concept such as that of authoritarian personality can be mobilized in order to face current social contexts? Karin Stögner, Professor of Sociology at the University of Passau (Germany) will present an open lecture at the Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning (Cebrap) asking about the present form of authoritarian character, its relation to individualism, and what roles do conceptions of difference have for distinct social and political perspectives.

Join us on February 19th, 14h30, at Cebrap.
: Living on the Edge • studying conviviality-inequality in uncertain times
Fractures in democracies throughout the world, the portrayal of individuals and groups as enemies, the pillage of nature and denial of mankind effects on it are some of the recurrent scenarios of contemporary crises. Looking closely, we can also notice these are contexts where lives are struggling to keep their existence.

This is the general outline of Mecila's Conference "Living on the Edge", where these and other themes will be discussed through the lenses of conviviality and inequality.  The event welcomes all audiences to its thematic panels and Keynote Speakers, such as Davi Kopenawa, Nilma Lino Gomes and Paolo Gerbaudo.
We hope to see you in São Paulo on March 5th and 6th at the University of São Paulo's Faculty of Law (Faculdade de Direito) the, in São Paulo. The full programme and subscription form will soon be available at the event's page

. We recommend . 

: "Discrimination and racial inequalities in Brazil" • 40 years of a mandatory reading
Published in 1979, "Discrimination and racial inequalities in Brazil" by Carlos Haselbag brought a new interpretative perspective about the space attributed to race and how inequality is understood. Sociologist Márcia Lima from Cebrap and coordinator of Afro Research Nucleus analyzes the work, that turns 40 this years, in her article, showing how its innovative methodology was relevant not only to racial studies but for Sociology as a whole. 
The Crossroads of Latin America
In a series of articles, Spanish newspaper El País provides a comprehensive and analytical gaze upon Latin America's latest political processes and how they can be related to the recent history of its countries. The series "Las Encrucijadas de América Latina" is coordinated by historians Vanni Pettinà and Rafael Rojas, from El Colegio de México, and counts with the contribution of other Latin American intellectuals.

So far the texts have covered Chile, Venezuela and Bolivia. All articles are in Spanish and accessible with a simple cost-free subscription. 
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