Before the Flood: The Itaipu Dam and the Visibility of Rural Brazil

Jacob Blanc

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Before the Flood:
The Itaipu Dam and the Visibility of Rural Brazil

A Conversation with the Author

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm | CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

In the 1970s and 1980s, Brazilian communities facing displacement by the Itaipu Dam — which is now largest producer of hydroelectric power in the world — stood up against the military officials overseeing the dam's construction. In the context of an emerging national fight for democracy, they elevated their struggle for land into a referendum on the dictatorship itself. Jacob Blanc will discuss his new book, which traces the protest movements of Brazilians living in the shadow of the Itaipu dam, challenges the primacy of urban-focused narratives, and unearths the rural experiences of dictatorship and democracy in Brazil.

Jacob Blanc is a Lecturer in Latin American History at the University of Edinburgh. His new book, Before the Flood: The Itaipu Dam and the Visibility of Rural Brazil will be published by Duke University Press in December 2019.

 

Blanc answers questions from the crowd. (Photo by Danielle Cosmes.)Blanc answers questions from the crowd. (Photo by Danielle Cosmes.)

Blanc describes the geography of the region around the Itaipu Dam. (Photo by Danielle Cosmes.)
Blanc describes the geography of the region around the Itaipu Dam. (Photo by Danielle Cosmes.)  

As Blanc points to the Paraná River, he emphasizes the river's importance in regional agriculture. (Photo by Danielle Cosmes.)
As Blanc points to the Paraná River, he emphasizes the river's importance in regional agriculture. (Photo by Danielle Cosmes.)

Blanc talks about the current state of Brazil with attendees after the event. (Photo by Lissett Bastidas.)
Blanc talks about the current state of Brazil with attendees after the event. (Photo by Lissett Bastidas.)

Itaipu Dam in Brazil. (Photo courtesy of Duke University Press.)

Itaipu Dam in Brazil. (Photo courtesy of Duke University Press.)