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CFP: Tropicália: movements in society
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Tropicália - 50 years + 1. Only co-memoration unites us. Socially. Economically. Philosophically. Brazil Week 2017-2018 extends an invitation to revisit possible escape routes from totalitarian aesthetic and political regimes. We would like to promote discussions that update our perspectives on issues current in the 1960s and 1970s, attempting to deviate from the monolithic ideas on the Tropicália Movement that exist today.

2/12/2018
When: Monday, February 12, 2018
Where: Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts 
United States

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Call for Papers – Brazil Week 2017-2018
March 22, 23 and 24, 2018
Harvard University
Tropicália: movements in society
Tropicália - 50 years + 1. Only co-memoration unites us. Socially. Economically.
Philosophically. Brazil Week 2017-2018 extends an invitation to revisit possible escape routes
from totalitarian aesthetic and political regimes. We would like to promote discussions that
update our perspectives on issues current in the 1960s and 1970s, attempting to deviate from the
monolithic ideas on the Tropicália Movement that exist today. During that moment of
questioning limits, the body was a privileged place of anthropophagic cultural practice,
functioning as an antidote countering the horrors and violence from all sorts of repression. It was
no longer a matter of choosing between a revolution or spectacle, but of imagining possible
revolutions in a world in which images prevail and borders become porous. Considering the
current resurgence of authoritarian and oppressive ideologies (in the United States, Brazil, and
elsewhere), Tropicália interests us by helping us understand our situation as a melting pot of
effects and affections: in particular, of the effects and affections that cross the images, the
subjectivities, the objects and the bodies in transit.
Open to all who are interested, our conference will feature round-table discussions,
performances, poetry readings, and other cultural activities. Our keynote speakers will be
Professor Suely Rolnik (PUC-SP, Brazil), who will also facilitate a workshop organized by the
editor and curator Josy Panão; and poet and translator, Angélica Freitas, author of Rilke Shake
(2007) and Um útero é do tamanho de um punho (2012), who will lead a conversation about her
creative process.
We welcome presentations that touch upon the transitory and hybrid character born within the
counterculture experiences during the end of the 1960’s to the early 1970’s.
In the area of art, literature and cultural practices, possible topics of research include but are not
limited to: 1) art, censorship, dictatorship: deviations and chaos; 2) archives of repression; 3)
Tropicália: exile and displacement; 4) Tropicália: emplacement, madness; 5) the spectacle of
revolution/ revolution in the spectacular; 6) contemporary developments in the tropical
movement.
Proposals will be accepted in both Portuguese and English. Participants will have twenty minutes
to present their work, along with allocated time for panel discussions. To submit a proposal, send
an email to: tropicaliaconference2018@gmail.com and include your name, e-mail, affiliation,
brief biography (100 words or less), abstract (300 words, including the title), keywords and area
of interest.
Final date for abstract submissions: February 12 , 2018.

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