Edited and reviewed by Anna Paula Bennech and Giovanna Imbernon. According to Prof. Dr. Fabiano Santos, “The Brazilian legislative experience in the pandemic can be understood as a success story. The Legislature did not stop functioning for a single day. This result alone would be worthy of celebration. We must remember that Bolsonaro intended to ask for a state of siege and govern by decree. Conversely to these intentions, fundamental matters and projects were discussed and approved [...]”
Edited and reviewed by Anna Paula Bennech and Giovanna Imbernon. According to Prof. Dr. Flávio Alex de Oliveira Carvalhaes, "The population that finishes secondary education has a different racial and socio-economic profile than the general population. On average, the population who has completed secondary education – and therefore is eligible for higher education – is whiter and less poor. In terms of access to higher education, this means that the inequality observed in universities is not only the result of the transition between secondary and higher education, but also fed by what happens exclusively during high school.."
Edited and reviewed by Anna Paula Bennech and Giovanna Imbernon. According to Dr. Thamy Pogrebinschi, "We learned from this that the endurance of democratic innovations is strongly compromised by their lack of institutionalization. Only those participatory institutions created by law could not be demolished by Bolsonaro, thanks to a decision of the Supreme Court. Nonetheless, he made the work of those remaining participatory institutions impossible, cutting resources and preventing civil society’s representatives from working."
Edited and reviewed by Anna Paula Bennech and Giovanna Imbernon. According to Prof. Dr. Marco Cepik, "Despite such strong evidence of a successful relationship thriving in less than 20 years, assessments and opinions in Brazil regarding China’s role in Latin America tend to vary according to three cleavages: ideology (along the left-right continuum), interests (commodity exporters and national industrial owners), and knowledge (lesser information, worse expectations)."
Edited and reviewed by Anna Paula Bennech and Giovanna Imbernon. "There is no doubt that internationalization and inter-institutional collaboration are indispensable to breaking the provincialism of some Brazilian intellectuals. However, they will not fulfill this function if they are understood and conducted in a provincial way, dazzled by superficial cosmopolitanism."
Edited and reviewed by Anna Paula Bennech and Giovanna Imbernon. "In The Imperial Mode of Living: Everyday Life and the Ecological Crisis of Capitalism, Ulrich Brand and Markus Wissen offer new perspectives about the links between everyday life and global inequalities. The authors show how an ‘imperial mode of living,’ broadly disseminated by Global North countries during their hegemonic actions carried out throughout the years, underpins inequalities, and relies upon the exploitation of people and resources from ‘somewhere else,’ mainly in the Global South."
Edited and reviewed by Anna Paula Bennech and Giovanna Imbernon. According to Prof. Dr. Renata, "The construction of feminist alliances found new spheres to express solidarity, to nourish common goals, and to achieve visibility in the virtual spheres, recruiting so many new voices and, above all, but not only, a new generation of young feminists. Undoubtedly, the Internet created new spheres and tools for social mobilizations. Still, the initial enthusiasm about the positive effects of new democratic forms of alliances in and through the Internet showed its negative sides by reinforcing fragmentation, polarization, and dispute."
Edited and reviewed by Anna Paula Bennech, Giovanna Imbernon. According to Prof. Dr. Rafael, "Living in a city implies, simultaneously, localizing oneself in a place that is part of a larger scheme of things: a region, a country, a hemisphere, the world. Our daily experience is informed by sensorial and perceptual experiences but also other less tangible experiences, not visible, estranged, but which in some way are part of our lives and our world. In other words, a city is an existential territory."
Translated, reviewed, and edited by Anna Paula Bennech and Giovanna Imbernon. According to Prof. Dr. Pedro, "I would add artists like Emicida, Adriana Varejão, or Chico Buarque and writers like Djamila Ribeiro and Silvio Almeida to the list of current "interpreters of Brazil." The essayism of the 1920s and 1930s has surely gained new forms. A documentary-lecture-concert like Emicida's "AmarElo" is an outstanding "hermeneutic" achievement, to use a philosophical term. From Emicida and through the visualization of what, a hundred years ago, was seen as a heritage to be overcome, we can understand a huge historical debt: the evils of slavery that still remain in the Republic."
Edited and reviewed by Anna Paula Bennech and Giovanna Imbernon. According to Prof. Dr. Silvana, "Regarding Bolsonaro's succession in 2022, I think the right-wing is competing for space, and the left-wing is out of the game. Bolsonaro managed to unify the right-wing in 2018 with his anti-PT speech, and the 2022 unifying force may be the anti-Bolsonaro discourse. However, the question remains: Who will be Bolsonaro's nemesis?"