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Opening address for the Conference of European Historians of Brazil, Musée du Quai Branly, September 18, 2019
Nom de la conférence
Opening address for the Conference of European Historians of Brazil
Date(s) de la conférence
2019-09-18 / 2019-09-18
Lieu de la conférence
Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, FRANCE
Monsieur le directeur, colleagues and friends, I am very honored to be opening the Conference of European Historians of Brazil, here in this particular place and at this particular time. Indeed, the place in which we are gathered accounts in no small measure for my presence here today, being no specialist of Brazilian history. The Claude Lévi-Strauss Amphitheater invites us to reflect on those whose intellectual life, and whose lives as a whole, have been shaped by Brazil — yours, that of Claude Lévi- Strauss and mine as a consequence, and indeed those of many of Europe’s social scientists, especially in France, which as Jacques Revel pointed out in 1978 has never ceased to be “fascinated” and “challenged” by the Latin-American continent. Let me briefly sketch out for you this “reasoned predilection”, in three moments that resonate with Levi-Strauss’s experience, as well as with French and European historiography, which, through intellectual ambition, has enlisted a wide array of disciplines — anthropology certainly, but also geography, economics and demography. [...]