In Brazil, the majority of writers are male, white, heterosexual, middle-class and urban, according to data provided by the national research project Retratos da Leitura no Brasil (2012). Their readership is also predominantly middle class. An important issue, therefore, is the extent to which Brazilian literature reflects the range and multitude of experiences of people living in Brazil.
Two seminars, under the heading of Brazilian literature: other voices, will bring to London Daniel Munduruku and Conceição Evaristo, writers who explore the tensions in a country full of promise but whose idiosyncrasies are a constant challenge to its development. These writers will be at Salon du Livre 2015 in Paris, representing a minority view, and this represents a unique opportunity to bring to the UK authors whose work is central to the debate about the role Brazilian literature plays either in challenging or in maintaining social exclusion.
Daniel Munduruku will speak on Wednesday 18 March (details below) and Conceição Evaristo will speak on Tuesday 31 March.
17:00 – 17:05 Welcome – Rosane Carneiro Ramos
17:05 – 17:50 Daniel Munduruku and the indigenous voice
Member of the Munduruku indigenous people, Daniel Munduruku is author of books aimed at children and adolescents. He has published 45 titles and his work has been translated into Korean, Spanish, English and Italian. He was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Unesco Prize for Children's and Young People's Literature in the Service of Tolerance, and has also received several Brazilian awards. Munduruku has a degree in Philosophy, History and Psychology. He has a Masters degree in Social Anthropology and a doctorate in Education. He is also president of the Brazilian Indigenous Institute of Intellectual Property and director of the Uk'a Institute - The House of Ancient Knowledge. Munduruku will talk about his personal and professional trajectory and what it is like as writer to represent a section of Brazilian society which is still today locked in a struggle for its rights.
Chair: Felipe Botelho (KCL)
17:50 – 18:30 Debate
18:30 – 18:40 Concluding remarks: Felipe Botelho