Georg Walter Wink

Georg Walter Wink

Associate Professor

Associate Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. Brazil has been the focus of my education and 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 "alternative" press during the civil-military governments (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.

Head of Centre for Latin American Studies.

 

Currently I am working in the following fields and on the following topics:

General interests: Cultural and social history of Brazil in texts and contexts (especially narratives of national identity); Crisis of Democracy in Brazil (e.g., Far right extremism and conservatism, Corruption, Impeachment, Politicization of Justice, Political System, Political and Macroeconomic Reforms); Inequality and Race Relations (Social Policies, especially Affirmative Action Policies); Brazil’s new role as a Global Player (e.g., Brazil’s relations to Africa); Postcolonial and Decolonial Cultural Theory (e.g., South-South Epistemologies, Cultural Anthropophagy, Transculturality and Migration), Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice; Brazilian Mass Media (oligopoly structures, discourses and political role); Contemporary Brazilian Literatures; Translation in Theory and Practice (especially comics and poetry).

Current project: "New Approaches and Synergies in Nordic Latin-American Studies: Applying Area Studies in a Multipolar World" (2022-2024, project leader). In this new network, funded by the Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS), researchers from five Nordic universities (Copenhagen, Oslo, Gothenburg, Stockholm Helsinki) collaborate with the common goal to enhance Nordic research on Latin America. It brings together the rich and still not well known Latin American production in social and humanistic thought and Nordic expertise on challenges of global importance: 1) sustainable and fair energy transition, 2) the political alliance between the Nordics and Latin America in a new multipolar world order and under the challenge of climate change, 3) social cohesion building in times of pandemic and increasing incertitudes. The network explores these topics in three workshops. Together with Nordic scholars in social sciences and the humanities as well as representatives of government, business, and civil society, they elaborate new approaches to make possible the better understanding of these challenges.

Concluded project: Research on the ideological roots of the so called "New Right" in Brazil between 2016 and 2021. The findings were published in the monograph Brazil, Land of the Past. In this book I explain in detail how the diverse political actors of the “New Right” – which include tendencies from the authoritarian Bolsonaro wing to economic liberals to the military to both Catholic and evangelical religious conservatives – refer to a common tradition of ideas. This system of thought, with remarkable continuity and resilience, has its core in the defense of a God-given hierarchical order against any social contract and modernizing relativization. Though not always explicitly, the ideology provides the underlying premises of the “New Right’s” political action and drives the self-declared “liberal-conservative” – but rather anti-modernist – reaction. This analysis allows to understand the main claim of liberating an imaginary authentic “Brazil” from an aberrant “State” – and why so doing intends to preserve inherited privilege in an extremely unequal society.

Previous projects: Postdoctoral research on Migrant Literature as an Expression of Transculturality; Postdoctoral research "Sur/South – América Latina – India” on intellectual relations and the transferral of ideas between Latin America and South Asia South-South cultural relations (intellectual relations and transfers of ideas between Latin America and South Asia); Joint research project in collaboration with the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (coordinator) "When Inclusion Masks Exclusion: Disempowerment and Depoliticization of Minority Issues through 'Harmonizing' Discourses" (external funding by the International Network Programme 2014 of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science) published as special issue in Brasiliana – Journal for Brazilian Studies; Research project on cultural relations Brazil-Africa "Pioneers of a South-South Dialogue: The Cultural Periodical Sul (1948–57) in Florianópolis, Brazil"; Joint research in collaboration with the University of Brasília (co-coordinator) about literature, genre and its relations to other arts like film and music, with a special focus on popular literature or so called “sub”-literature, concluded by organizing in Copenhagen the International Conference Contrabandos literários, resistências epistêmicas.

 

Teaching

Office hours: Tuesday 13-14

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Brazil, Land of the Past: The Ideological Roots of the New Right

    Wink, Georg Walter, 2021, Cuernavaca, México: Bibliotopía. 340 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    A mão invisível de Deus: sobre a aliança entre liberais e conservadores na nova direita brasileira

    Wink, Georg Walter, 2020, In: Dialogos Latinoamericanos. 21, 29, p. 71-87 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Demokratiets krise og højrefløjs-skiftet i Brasilien

    Wink, Georg Walter, 2020, Demokratiets krise og de nye autokratier. Seeberg, P. & Thorup, M. (eds.). Aarhus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag, p. 325-348 24 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Pensamiento Social Danés sobre América Latina

    Jeppesen, A. M. E. (ed.), Rodriguez, E. G. P. (ed.) & Wink, Georg Walter (ed.), 2021, Buenos Aires: CLACSO. 224 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Living (Il)legalities in Brazil: Practices, Narratives and Institutions in a Country on the Edge

    Brandellero, S. (ed.), Pardue, D. (ed.) & Wink, Georg Walter (ed.), 2020, New York / London: Routledge. 182 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

    Jeitinho Revisited

    Wink, Georg Walter, 2020, Living (Il)legalities in Brazil: Practices, Narratives and Institutions in a Country on the Edge. London / New York: Routledge, p. 52-71 19 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  7. Published

    Judicialização da política ou politização da justiça? Uma análise discursiva do Libelo Acusatório contra a presidenta Dilma Rousseff no processo de impeachment

    Wink, Georg Walter, 2017, In: MOARA: Revista Eletrônica do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Letras. 2017, 47, p. 152-173 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  8. Published

    Humor golpista: memes sobre Dilma Rousseff durante o “impeachment”

    Wink, Georg Walter, 2018, In: Veredas. 27, p. 123-140 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  9. Published

    “Looking for more Brazilian solutions”: Rhetorical Strategies against Ethnic Quotas in Brazilian Higher Education

    Wink, Georg Walter, 2018, In: Brasiliana - Journal for Brazilian Studies. 6, 2, p. 3-41 38 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  10. Published

    Pioneers of a South-South Dialogue: The Cultural Periodical Sul (1948–57) in Florianópolis, Brazil

    Wink, Georg Walter, 2017, In: Iberoromania. 2017, 86, p. 222-240 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Selected activities

  1. NILAS Nordic Institute of Latin American Studies (External organisation)

    Wink, Georg Walter (Member)

    2020 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership in committee, council, board

  2. ABRE III International Congress of the Association of Brazilianists in Europe

    Wink, Georg Walter (Organizer)

    21 Sep 2021

    Activity: Participating in an event - typesOrganisation of and participation in conference

  3. 10th Conference of the Nordic Latin American Research Network (NOLAN) 2018

    Wink, Georg Walter (Organizer) & Braathen, E. (Organizer)

    26 Oct 2018

    Activity: Participating in an event - typesOrganisation of and participation in conference

  4. III REBRAC INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE - Rede Europeia de Brasilianistas de Análise Cultural / European Network of Brazilianists Working in Cultural Analysis

    Wink, Georg Walter (Organizer), Pardue, D. (Organizer) & Brandellero, S. (Organizer)

    19 Oct 201820 Oct 2018

    Activity: Participating in an event - typesOrganisation of and participation in conference

  5. O Paradigma "Culturalista": implicações contraproducentes para a prática intercultural

    Wink, Georg Walter (Invited speaker)

    24 Jul 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

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