Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Work-in-progress talk by LAL Greenleaf Fellow Paulo Miguez

March 25th, 2011
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Latin American Library Seminar Room, 4th Floor Howard Tilton Memorial Library

LAL Richard E. Greenleaf library fellow, Paulo Miguez will present a comparative study of the economics and cultural politics of carnival in Latin America and New Orleans. The project examines the ways in which the different carnival celebrations in the Americas are conceived from the perspective of public policy. Reflecting on the historic foundations of Western carnival in their cultural and symbolic dimensions, the talk will focus on the tensions between modern carnival as a cultural phenomenon and the economic forces that drive and seek to transform it as well as the challenges posed to state regulation and the development of public The talk will be in Portuguese.

Please join us for a reception after the talk.

Paulo Miguez is a leading scholar of contemporary Brazilian culture, focusing on culture and development. He has published widely on such topics as public policy and the promotion of cultural diversity; issues of cultural patrimony; the hospitality business in general, including tourism, but most especially the social, economic and cultural aspects of festivals and carnival, particularly in his native Salvador, Bahia. From 2003 to 2006 he served as advisor and later as Secretary of Cultural Policy under Gilberto Gil, the Minister of Culture of Brazil. He is currently Professor of Cultural Policy at the Instituto de Humanidades, Artes e Ciencias and Coordinator of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Culture and Society at the Universidade Federal da Bahia.

This event is sponsored by the Richard E. Greenleaf Endowment at the Latin American Library.