Brazil Studies Program: Public Policies in Gender and Diversity in PT Governments


Thursday, February 23, 2017, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South, S-050, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker:  Miriam Pillar Grossi, Professor of Anthropology, Federal University of Santa Catarina; Ruth Cardoso Chair, Institute of Latin American Studies Columbia University

Moderator: Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

In association with social movements and public universities, during the 13 years of the Lula and Dilma governments (2003-2016) in Brazil, there were numerous public policies about diversity: gender, ethnicity, sexuality and disability, which had a strong impact in the field of basic education. We will present an overview of these federal programs.

miriam_pillar_grossiMiriam Pillar Grossi has a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Université de Paris V -René Descartes (1988); She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Laboratoire d´Anthropologie Sociale - LAS of  the Collège de France (1996/1998),  at the University of California-Berkeley and the  Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales - EHESS (2009/2010). She is full Professor of the Department of Anthropology at the Federal University of Santa Catarina since 1989 where she works in the graduate programs in Social Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Program in Human Sciences, as well as in the undergraduate program in Anthropology and Social Sciences. She has been director of the Center for Gender Identity and Subjectivity (Núcleo de Identidades de Gênero e Subjetividades (NIGS) since 1991. She has served as national representative for Anthropology and the greater area of Humanities at CAPES - Ministery of Education (2001/2004), President of the Brazilian Association of Anthropology - ABA (2004/2006) and vice-president of International Union of Anthropology and Ethnology Sciences - IUAES (2013-2018). She has also served as editor of the Feminist Studies Journal - Revista Estudos Feministas (1999/2001) and Visiting Professor at University of Brasilia (1995), University of Chile (2003), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales - EHESS- France (2008) and ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa- Portugal (2009). Her main areas of research are: Anthropological Theory, The History of women anthropologists, Contemporary French Anthropology, Qualitative Research Methodologies, Feminist and queer theories, violence against women and lesbo-trans-homophobia; public policies and feminist and LGBTTT movements.