Human Rights and Memory in Contemporary Brazil

This project aims to investigate the intertwined trajectories of Human Rights and Memory activisms – both within and outside the borders of the State - in contemporary Brazil. We seek to avoid the usual normative framing and look instead for an understanding of the local dynamics of these two topics. The project’s time window of interest starts with the process of political transition from the dictatorship to democracy in the country back in the 1970’s, and goes up to the current attack and dismantling of Human Rights and Memory policies built over the last decades by previous administrations that is being currently carried out by the Jair Bolsonaro government. The project also attempts to establish a dialogue with contemporary sociological literature on Human Rights and Memory, usually written from a Northern American and European perspective, by adding a perspective from the Global South.