WHO WANTS MONEY?: POLITICS, PERFORMANCE, AND THE CONSERVATIVE TURN IN BRAZIL
When: Thursday, February 15, 2018
This lecture by PS Alum Marcos Steuernagel (M.A. '08, Ph.D. '15) unpacked the ways in which an arbitration between billionaire TV Presenter Silvio Santos and legendary theatre director Zé Celso exposes an epistemological clash and amplifies tensions inherent in Brazil’s own version of the global conservative turn. In the context of the recent impeachment process that abruptly interrupted 14 years of Worker’s Party government, a New Right has risen that closely aligns neoliberal economics with social conservatism, specifically targeting advances made in the fields of gender politics, human rights, and culture as “left-wing ideologies” that must be eliminated “at all cost.” In this environment, theatre and performance serve as particularly charged sites of contention for these disputes in society at large, both in Brazil and beyond.