Brazil Studies Program: Military dictatorship and political repression in Brazil in the 1960s and 1970s


Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 2:00pm to 4:00pm


CGIS South, S-50, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Mariana Joffily, Professor, Department of History, State University of Santa Catarina

Moderator: Sidney Chalhoub, Professor, Department of History, Harvard University

The 1964 military coup in Brazil was perpetrated in the name of democracy. Yet the authoritarian rule created a significant repressive apparatus to remove opponents and critics, regarded as “internal enemies”. This talk proposes an inside look at the logic and strategy of the political repression.

Mariana Joffily is Professor of History at the State University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. She has a BA and a PhD in History from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and a Maîtrise and a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies from the University of Paris IV – Sorbonne, France. Her book, The Center of the Mechanism: Interrogations at the Oban and the DOI of São Paulo (1969-75) was published by the Brazilian National Archives and the University of São Paulo Press, and received the Memórias Reveladas award in 2010. She was recently a CAPES/Fulbright visiting scholar at Brown University (2015-16). Currently, she is researching the professional trajectory of repressive agents during the Brazilian military dictatorship, in collaboration with Prof. Maud Chirio (University of Marne de la Vallée, France).

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of History, Harvard University.