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In Support of Brazilian Sociology

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I don't know how many of you are interested in Brazil, but many of our colleagues are Brazilianists, and American academic institutions work hand in hand with Brazilian ones. Last Friday, president Bolsonaro and Minister of Education Abraham Weintraub announced that they plan to "decentralize" resources to social sciences and humanities, particularly targeting sociology and philosophy. This week they decided to cut 30% of all federal universities' budget. This is the beginning of the end of academia in the fourth largest democracy in the world, starting with the social sciences and humanities.

A colleague and I have written this open letter from U.S. and global sociologists in support of Brazilian sociology. In less than 5 days, over 6000 academics across the globe, from all continents and over 1500 different academic institutions have signed the letter. The president of the International Sociological Association has signed, and so have the presidents of many national associations (including Australia, Greece, and Israel). Please join us in our fight for our Brazilian colleagues. We need to mobilize. Brazil is quickly becoming one of the largest fascist regimes in history. In solidarity.

Here is the link: https://sites.google.com/g.harvard.edu/brazil-solidarity

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