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Populism, the conservative wave and religion in Brazil

When: Monday, April 10, 2023
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CT

Where: Scott Hall, 107, 601 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Cindy Pingry   (847) 467-1933

Group: Global Religion and Politics Research Group

Category: Academic



The last decade represented a marked shift in the profile of public religion in Brazil. After three decades of sustained minority engagement, Brazilian conservative evangelicals/pentecostals seized the opportunity to raise their profile and engaged in a majoritarian bid under the double strategy of building a "Christian Majority" discourse and joining a far-right presidential campaign led by Bolsonaro. This presentation will discuss and analyse the process through the lens of current debates on populism as a political form, including other dissenting voices from Christian churches, other religions and secular agents.

About the Speaker:

Joanildo Burity is a Brazilian political scientist and sociologist, with a PhD in Government from Essex University (UK). His main research interests turn around religion and politics, religion and global studies, culture and identity, collective action and poststructuralist political theory. He is a full researcher at the Joaquim Nabuco Foundation and a Professor in Politics and Sociology at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil.


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