As a research and studies center, BRaS aims to promote and support collaborative works. Our Special Edition (SE) nº 7, coordinated by Ph.D. candidate Marcia Camargo, will intricately explore maracá's significance in various indigenous communities and temporal contexts through polyphonic texts. The essence of these experiences is often vivid and multifaceted, filled with rich interactions and deep insights. It is through the act of co-writing that we not only preserve this vitality but also create collaborative spaces where the research subject is not an object of study but an active co-creator, partner, and collaborator in the research process. This collaborative approach transcends traditional research paradigms, fostering a more inclusive and holistic understanding of this subject.
As a research and studies center, BRaS aims at promoting and supporting collaborative works. In the week we celebrate international women's day, we have invited three researchers to join us for the Special Edition (SE) No. 6: Women of Brazils. In the next five weeks, we will present some of the different women who are part of the Brazilian reality: migrant, trans, black, indigenous, and high school students. Today the researcher Claudia presents a text about Brazilian migrant women. We hope you all enjoy the reading!
The Charter of the United Nations, drafted in 1945, represents the foundational document of the United Nations (UN) and reaffirms the commitment to defend human rights, including the establishment of gender equality as a fundamental right. However, the promotion of women's rights required an extensive period and various strategies of political engagement with governments and international organizations in different spaces of discussion in the local and global political arena. In this process, gender issues were progressively incorporated into the global human rights agenda, following a specific visibility regime, according to the context and force configurations among the different political actors, with emphasis on the role of women themselves.
The Brazilian Research and Studies Center strongly denounces the recent acts of violence and destruction committed by extremist right-wing groups in Brasília on January 8th.
These attacks on popular sovereignty and the rule of law caused significant damage to public property and the nation’s reputation, but they will not hamper the strength of our institutions.
Fake news is the vehicle that propagates disinformation to establish social control through the production of information that interests specific groups. Fake news is a valuable asset in the information market, as the logic of market power is perversely associated with the logic of power devices in contemporary society. Fake news producer groups look for ideal profiles on digital social networks for the dissemination of content, ideas, and values allegedly committed to the common good.
Brazilians' love for social networks is not new. Since the times of Orkut, Brazil has been among the most assiduous on the networks, one of the first social networks in the early 2000s, counting 30 million Brazilian users. However, in 2001 Orkut lost its throne to Facebook, which soon built an empire by adding new territories to its domains, Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014.
Edited and Reviewed by Giovanna Imbernon and Anna Paula Bennech. "Since his campaign, Bolsonaro has shown authoritarian features, and many of them were copied and articulated by the former Trump’s strategist, Steve Bannon. Among them is the use of social networks as a monitoring tool, to control political decisions that consider the volatile circumstances of public opinion. Therefore, Bolsonaro has no clear plan for politics and uses social networks to orient his decisions, his government neutralizes the power of the Press to direct the political debate, and also uses some kind of chaos management through recurring political half-truths, underpinned by a moral traditionalism."
Edited and reviewed by Giovanna Imbernon. "The popular May 1st protests took crowds to central beaches and avenues throughout the country, soaked by the frenzy (“viva la muerte”) of denying life – obediently following the state machinery of misinformation: enough proof of the irrationality of “our” rule of law. Or we can say that political irrationality is further proof that the state of exception is highly contagious and became part of popular political culture."
When I decided to go back to university and return to the initial line of my original academic education in the communication sciences, I came across two aspects that paved my research path. First, returning to the field of communication science was like coming home after decades away from family and friends. Time, distance, and new experiences brought changes. However, it was not just me who changed after my travels through the surrounding areas of communication studies, such as business administration. The family had also changed and expanded.