Dialogues With Power Across the Americas


Today was the first day of our Cultural Studies workshop at the Universidade Federal de Sergipe, in São Cristovão, Sergipe. This will become a place for people to post about additions to the topics that we discussed in class, and also a place where folks can find further information and resources related to cultural studies. Thank you all for an amazing first class! You all managed to make four hours fly by.

Here is a link to the powerpoint presentation we saw today.

Importantly: Each week, students will bring in a cultural text to present to the class. You must evaluate your text using the language of semiotics (sign & signifier), addressing whether it is a hegemonic or counter-hegemonic text, and whether it is an example of hybridity.

Also, below are the notes from the discussion we had about the Hegemonic and Counter-Hegemonic groups in Brazil today. Anything to add? Please feel free to do so in the comments. I can’t wait to start share more articles, videos, websites, and more! I believe you need a wordpress account to do so, but it is free, so sign up, and join our conversation.


Dominant Cultures in Brazil ; Culturas Dominantes no Brasil

-Political Parties- partidos politicos… people with money, landowners, people with powerful families, from Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, people from the media

-Corruption – corrupção

-Media, Rede Globo, CNN

-Christianity, Catholicism, Protestantism

-Language- Portuguese and Libras (sign language) but in school, students learn English

-USA Culture is very important, & everyone has access to USA culture!! All movie theaters are American Movies

-Cis-gender, heterosexual (straight)

Non-Dominant, or Counter-Hegemonic Cultures

-African religions, religious afro-brasileiras, Candomblé, Umbanda, Quibanda… Also espiritísmo (from France… contentious, some people think its powerful)

-Indigenous communities


-Political Parties: PSOL, PSTU, PV

-Independent websites, Pragmatismo Politico, Geledes, Observatorio do Imprensa

-Brazilian movies, documentaries

Image Credit: http://www.fine-art.leeds.ac.uk/pg/ma-critical-and-cultural-theory/


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