Global Brazil Lab | Sound and Fury in Brazilian Politics

Historians have long privileged the written word when constructing their narratives of the past. But for those who write about the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, there is a very different kind of source: audio recordings. What does it mean to be able, not only to read what people are reported to have said, but to listen to what they actually said? What new kinds of stories can we tell about the past – and the present – when we can hear the regional accents, emotion, and rhetorical styles that audio recordings preserve? "All Eyes on the Congress" takes some of the most exciting of these recordings to explore what we can learn about Brazil and its politics when we listen, instead of just reading transcripts or news stories.

The Global Brazil Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute held their 2016 Conference on an array of topics centered on Brazilian politics, culture, and the environment. The Sound and Politics panel featured University of Georgia post-doctoral candidate Bryan Pitts, Duke Romance Studies doctoral student Marcelo Noah, Brazilian doctoral student Leonardo Ângelo da Silva, and Duke Music doctoral student Yahn Wagner.

This talk was part of a day-long conference which was held on March 4th, 2016 at Duke University. The lab continues its commitment to shine an academic spotlight on the rising global profile of Brazil, the world’s fifth-largest country.

The GLOBAL BRAZIL LAB is a Humanities Laboratory aimed to generate new conversations between the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences by including students in research focused on Brazilian arts, social movements, and natural environment.