Opinion

Jair Bolsonaro’s threat means Brazilian academics have to be overtly political

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Demonstrators holds sign saying: “Teachers against fascism.”

As I write these lines, I tell myself there is no reason to fear. Far-right politics are on the rise globally – yet the universities in Brazil that were recently raided in a clear attack on freedom of expression seem a long way from the UK. This has not prevented, however, my personal and professional selves becoming increasingly entangled as I watched Jair Bolsonaro, one of the most obnoxious figures in Brazilian politics, become the country’s president-elect.

As a Brazilian citizen, and an academic interested in ethics, social justice, and sustainability, I have caught myself asking how to resist in times...

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