Semana Brasil 2015 International Conference - Brazil in (trans)Atlantic: International, Security and Cultural Perspectives
The Semana Brasil 2015 International Conference on 21 and 22 April 2015 will discuss the development of Brazil’s different (trans)Atlantic interests and forms of cooperation in the last decades in a interdisciplinary context with participants from three continents. Special attention will be given to south-south cooperation, in particular with Africa.
The Atlantic Ocean has been of foremost importance to Brazil since colonial times, however in the last decades the importance of the Ocean and transatlantic relations in their many forms has become even more fundamental. As a result of this growing importance, the Brazilian Government developed quite a number of initiatives concerning the Atlantic Ocean and transatlantic relations.
In 1986, the Zone of Peace and Cooperation in the South Atlantic was established, encompassing 3 Latin American and 21 African countries. Initially, this initiative concerned mostly questions of defence but has become much broader. In 1996 the Community of Portuguese Language Countries was set up to promote the Portuguese language, amongst many other objectives. Furthermore, especially during the Lula Government (2003-2010), the South-South cooperation has been given major attention, in particular the relations with Africa, in many aspects: defence, trade, culture, education, and the like. The discovery of huge quantities of oil in the Atlantic Ocean in front off the Brazilian coast has had an enormous impact on international relations and defence issues within Brazil and with other partners.
The purpose of the conference is to study the development of Brazil’s different (trans)Atlantic interests and forms of cooperation in the last decades in a interdisciplinary context with participants from three continents. Special attention will be given to south-south cooperation, in particular with Africa.
Programme Tuesday 21 April 2015
From 14.00h-17.30h - Brazil and international transatlantic cooperation
Moderator: Sebastian Santander (Université de Liège)
13.50-14.00 Words of welcome, Luuk de Ligt, Director of the History Institute (Leiden University)
14.00-14.50 Development of relations Brazil-Africa during Lula Government Paulo Visentini (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil)
14.50-15.40 African Brazilian cooperation from an African perspective Abraham Gadji (Université Félix Hophouët-Boigny, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire)
16.00-16.50 The development of the Zone of Peace and Cooperation in the South Atlantic in a Brazilian context H.E. Ambassador Piragibe Tarragô (Ambassador of Brazil to the Netherlands, The Hague)
16.50-17.40 The inclusion of Antarctica in the Brazilian Strategic Area of Interest Concept Leonardo Faria de Mattos, (Escola de Guerra Naval, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Programme Wednesday 22 April 2015
From 9.00h-12.30h: Brazil in a security transatlantic perspective
Moderator: Paulo Visentini (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)
09.00-9.50 National defence strategy (2008): a different approach to defence in Brazil Marianne Wiesebron (Leiden University)
9.50-10.40 Sovereignty under the seas: South Atlantic challenges. André Panno Beirão (Escola de Guerra Naval, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
11.00-11.50 The Brazilian nuclear submarine programme João Roberto Martins Filho (Chair of Brazilian Studies Rui Barbosa 2015 Leiden University, Universidade Federal de São Carlos)
11.50-12.40 Brazilian Military presence in Africa Christoph Harig, (Ph.D; King’s College, London)
From 14.00h-17.00h: Moderador: João Roberto Martins Filho: Mesa redonda sobre assuntos trans(atlânticos) internacionais e estratégicos
Leiden University, Faculty of Humanities
Institute for History, Latin American Studies
Huizinga Building, Doelensteeg 16, Leiden, The Netherlands
Conference Room, 2nd floor