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The Military's Absence from the Political and Economic Crisis In Brazil

  • K-3.11, Strand Campus Strand London, England United Kingdom (map)

The Brazil Institute invites you to a lecture by Dr. Maria Celina D'Araujo, a professor in the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and Visiting Research Fellow in the Brazil Institute. 


Since the middle of 2013, parts of Brazilian society have gone to the streets to protest and complain about bad government service deliveries. Then, a big corruption scandal began and the economic crisis worsened. It was the perfect storm for Dilma Rousseff. This was the second biggest political crisis and both have resulted in two impeachments of presidents without military participation. What are the similarities and differences between the two episodes?



Maria Celina D'Araujo is a Doctor in Political Science. Currently she is a professor of undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She was a researcher and professor of the Cpdoc / Fundacao Getulio Vargas - RJ, professor at the Federal Fluminense University and a visiting professor in universities in Brazil and abroad. Her areas of research are: military and defense, trade unions, political parties, the Vargas period, authoritarianism in Latin America, military justice, and elites and careers of the executive branch. Maria Celina was part of the editorial board of the Historical Studies journal and currently is a member of the Advisory Committee of the CNPq in the field of Anthropology, Archaeology, Political Science, Law and Sociology. She has published dozens of articles, books and book chapters on the topics above.

This talk, part of the King's Brazil Institute Research Seminar Series, will be followed by a Q&A and wine.