Upcoming talk examines race and gender relations in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the Brazilian Studies program at York University will present a talk titled “Race and Gender: Contributions to Legal and Social Science Studies in Brazil” by Gislene dos Santos, a professor from the University of São Paulo.

The talk will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Verney Room, S674 Ross Building, Keele Campus. All are welcome to attend and light refreshments will be served.

Gislene dos Santos

Dos Santos will discuss Brazilian legal and social science research focusing on race relations. The cases that she will mention have been taken from the University of São Paulo’s Social Inclusion Policy Research & Study Group database. Data show that when it comes to racist offences and incidents, discrimination is aimed at establishing not only differentiation but hierarchies based on social markers – class and gender as well as skin colour.

These findings demonstrate the relevance of considering multiple ways to measure and understand race – taking into account skin colour, gender, class, appearance and other aspects. They also reveal the importance of considering epistemological questions, interdisciplinarity, horizons of interpretation, and ways or articulating and expressing race to build an in-depth understanding of the complex phenomena associated with racism.

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies and the Centre for Feminist Research at York University.