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Dear readers, 

you'd normally be hearing from us by the end of the month, but this time there is too much to share to wait another week. We have three events coming up that now have a full programme. Besides that, since the Centre is expanding its operations, we're opening two positions at our coordination office we're glad to share the call for applications. 

We hope to see you at one of our conferences!

Mecila Team
. Calls . 
: Mecila is looking for a Scientific Manager and a Scientic Editor for its Coordination Office in São Paulo
As Mecila starts its new phase in 2020 we will not only have new Fellows and events, but our staff is also expanding. We are looking for a Scientific Manager, who will take care of the overall management of the Centre and coordinate all its cooperation activities. We are also looking for a Scientific Editor, who will coordinate our Working Paper Series and all of Mecila's publications.

We expect applications to be sent at best until February 28th.

. Events. 

: From Hatred of Difference to Identity Compulsion • Authoritarian Personality Today

Professor Karin Stögner of the University of Passau will join us at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (Cebrap) addressing a topic that proves itself to be ever more urgent: how can we understand present forms of authoritarianism? And how can it be related to individualism and to different conceptions of difference?

Join us on February 19th, 14h30, at Cebrap
(São Paulo, Rua Morgado de Mateus, 615).
: 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 Lectures, such as delivered by Davi Kopenawa, Nilma Lino Gomes and Paolo Gerbaudo.

The full programme of the conference is now available at our site, as well as a subscription form for those who want to participate.  

For those of you on Facebook, check also our event page, where we are constantly uploading details about our guests and some extra content.

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), in São Paulo.
: 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 topic, 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).

. We recommend . 

: Talking Politics Podcast - Are we losing faith in democracy?

Talking Politics is a weekly podcast hosted by political scientist David Runciman, author of the famous "How Democracy Dies", where, in the producer's own words, he talks to "anyone and everyone who has something interesting to say about the state we’re in".
Episode 218 presents a deep analysis of how democracy is being perceived and felt around the world nowadays, as presented in the new report "Global Satisfaction with Democracy", by Roberto Foa. There is a lot to think about based on the study, as it shows, among many other aspects, that satisfaction with democracy doesn't necessarily come from places with democratic practices.
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