On Friday 25 September, Tori and Thea took part in a panel on ‘Digital Visibilities’ at the ‘Remapping Brazilian Cultural Studies’ conference, held at Senate House in London. The conference was organised by Tori in collaboration with Sara Brandellero (Leiden) and Stephanie Dennison (Leeds), with support from the Institute of Latin American Studies.
The purpose of the conference was ‘to provide a space for scholars working in the UK and mainland Europe to present cutting-edge research on cultural studies/cultural analysis in the Brazilian context and, in particular, to reflect on the current direction the research area is taking in the UK/Europe’. It also served as the launch and first meeting of a new Brazilian cultural analysis research network, REBRAC (Rede Europeia de Brasilianistas de Análise Cultural).
Thea presented a paper entitled ‘In search of digital indigenous peoples: A non-tokenistic approach to Brazilian Cultural Studies from your average Latin-Americanist’, in which she discussed her work on the Indios Online project and how it relates to a broader interest in ‘digital indigeneity’ in Latin America. Tori presented work in progress under the title ‘A digital culture perspective on urban change in Brazil: Contemporary webdocumentaries from Rio de Janeiro’, and shared methodological reflections on researching the circulation of webdocumentary material on urban change in Rio, and the intersection between circulation and documentary impact.
The third member of the panel was David Wood from Sheffield, whose paper was on ‘One Hundred Years of Golitude: Football and literature in Brazil’. Chandra Morrison from the Institute of Latin American Studies was the session chair.
It was great to be part of a panel specifically on Brazilian digital culture, and for the DLAC network to be so strongly represented. Digital culture and digital technologies did of course also come up in other sessions, too!