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Georg Walter Wink

Georg Walter Wink

Associate Professor

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    Associate Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. Brazil has been the focus of my research activities since my undergraduate studies. I have concentrated on the cultural and social history of Brazil in texts and contexts, always using an interdisciplinary approach that integrates history, social studies, cultural studies and literary studies. Specific subjects I have examined are the regime-critical role of the alternative press during the military dictatorship (master’s thesis) and the discursive constructions of collective identity and places of remembrance in essays, literature and institutional nation-building texts (doctoral dissertation). During my postdoctoral research I looked at south-south cultural relations, especially the transfers of ideas between Latin America and South Asia and the creation of a southern epistemology through these intellectual relations. Currently I am working on Brazilian "race" relations and Affirmative Action, Brazilian comics and cartoons as a way of overcoming cultural dependence, on the latest works in contemporary Brazilian literature, and on representations of the Brazilian favela from the perspective of critical discourse analysis. Furthermore, I have been researching constantly on theories of interculturality and transculturality, e.g. in application to what is referred to as “migrant literature”, as well as on translation theory and literary translation.

     

     Current research projects:

     1. "Contemporary literature in Brazil" (Project in cooperation with the University of Brasília, Research Group on Contemporary Brazilian Literature GELBC). Genre and its relations to other arts like film and music with a special focus on popular literature or so called “sub”-literature. Research focus in 2013-2015 on the representation and configuration of space in fictional works published since the year 2000.

    2. "When Inclusion Masks Exclusion: Disempowerment and Depoliticization of Minority Issues through 'Harmonizing' Discourses" (external financing through the International Network Programme 2014 of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science, in cooperation with Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro). Research on social inequality often focuses on how language can be exclusionary (e.g., through negatively charged or superficially neutral discourses) and therefore negatively impacts social discriminative policies. Paradoxically, the same can occur with discourses which are positively charged, and thus apparently inclusive. They can lead to depoliticization of the issue and disempowerment of the disadvantaged group(s). As less attention has been paid to these positively charged, or “harmonizing” discourses, we will focus on their use and effect within the contemporary Brazilian context, marked by strong inclusive policies. The findings will provide new insights on how, through language use, participatory democratic processes are twisted such that the goal of truly equitable social inclusion is not fully achieved. While the research is localized, the processes may have universal applications.

    Selected publications

    1. Published

      Topografias literárias e mapas mentais: A sugestão de espaços geográficos e sociais na literatura

      Wink, G. 2015 Espaços possíveis na literatura brasileira contemporânea. Dalcastagnè, R. & Azevedo, L. (eds.). Zouk Editora, p. 21-33 12 p.

      Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

    2. Published

      Anus Mundi or Tout-monde? French Guiana: An uncommon Laboratory of Transculturality

      Wink, G. 2014 In : Istmo – revista virtual de estudios literarios y culturales centroamericanos. 26, p. xx-xx 25 p.

      Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

    3. Published

      Novas Vozes: Zur brasilianischen Literatur des 21. Jahrhunderts

      Klengel, S. (ed.), Quandt, C. (ed.), Schulze, P. W. (ed.) & Wink, G. (ed.) 2013 Frankfurt am Main: Iberoamericana. 365 p.

      Research output: Research - peer-reviewAnthology

    4. Published

      A eterna volta dos estereótipos: uma revisão crítica do atual enfoque intercultural no ensino da língua alemã

      Wink, G. 2011 Ensinar Alemão no Brasil. Bohunovsky, R. (ed.). Curitiba: Ed. UFPR, p. 189–217

      Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

    5. Published

      Alternative Presse in Brasilien

      Wink, G. 2000 Mettingen: Brasilienkunde-Verlag. 171 p.

      Research output: ResearchBook

    Selected activities

    1. Affirmative Action Revisited: Race-related Discourses and Policies in Contemporary Brazil

      Wink, G. W. (Organizer)
      14 Dec 201515 Dec 2015

      Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation of and participation in conference

    2. Buscar soluções mais brasileiras: Rhetoric strategies against ethnic quota in Brazilian Higher Education

      Wink, G. W. (Speaker)
      14 Dec 2015

      Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

    3. Traversing Prevailing Winds: Cultural Relations between Brazil and Africa

      Wink, G. W. (Organizer)
      30 Oct 2015

      Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation of and participation in conference

    4. Forgotten Pioneers of a South-South Dialog: The Cultural Periodical Sul (1948-57) in Florianópolis, Brazil

      Wink, G. W. (Speaker)
      30 Oct 2015

      Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

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