Region Out of Place: The Brazilian Northeast and the World (1924-1968)

University House 108
Wednesday 9 November 2022 (12:00-14:00)

For further information please contact Richard Brunt, International Partnerships Officer, Birmingham Global.

Region out of place

Join us for a book launch and roundtable discussion of Dr Courtney J Campbell’s new book, Region Out of Place: The Brazilian Northeast and the World (1924-1968), published this year with the University of Pittsburgh Press.

The Brazilian Northeast has long been a marginalized region with a complex relationship to national identity. It is often portrayed as impoverished, backward, and rebellious, yet traditional and culturally authentic. Brazil is known for its strong national identity, but national identities do not preclude strong regional identities. In Region Out of Place, Courtney J. Campbell examines how groups within the region have asserted their identity, relevance, and uniqueness through interactions that transcend national borders. From migration to labor mobilization, from wartime dating to beauty pageants, from literacy movements to representations of banditry in film, Campbell explores how the development of regional cultural identity is a modern, internationally embedded conversation that circulated among Brazilians of every social class. Part of a region-based nationalism that reflects the anxiety that conflicting desires for modernity, progress, and cultural authenticity provoked in the twentieth century, this identity was forged by residents who continually stepped out of their expected roles, taking their region’s concerns to an international stage.

This event is hybrid and colleagues can also join using the zoom webinar link in 'register for this event' above.

A light lunch and refreshments will be provided at the event. 

The roundtable will feature:

Professor Matthew Brown, University of Bristol

Dr Christine Mathias, King’s College London

Dr Emanuelle Rodrigues dos Santos, University of Birmingham

Dr Gustavo Mesquita, Brazilian Center for Analysis and Democracy