Populism, Conservatism and Religion in Post-impeachment Brazil

15 February 2023, 16:00 - 15 February 2023, 17:30 Divinity Faculty, Room 4


Dr Joanildo Burity

Abstract: The last decade represented a marked shift in the profile of public religion in Brazil. After three decades of sustained minority engagement, Brazilian conservative evangelicals/pentecostals seized the opportunity to raise their profile and engaged in a majority bid under the double strategy of building a "Christian Majority" discourse and joining a far-right presidential campaign which led to the previous government. This presentation will discuss and analyse the process and its unfolding, including other voices from Christian churches and other religious and secular agents, reflecting on the possible implications for current forms of Christian politics in Brazil.

Bio: Joanildo Burity is a social scientist of religion, and a political scientist (PhD, Essex University), working with sociologists and in close company of anthropologists. As he says: 'I can only do my work as a researcher, though, with a dialogue with philosophers, theologians and social activists.' He lives in Brazil and works for a public research centre, the Joaquim Nabuco Foundation. He is also a professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco, and has explored religion both empirically and theoretically in connection with politics, glocalisation, collective action, identity and culture, policymaking and democratic governance (blog: religiaoditaefeita.blogspot.com). He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge.


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