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All publications attributed to the PACT: Brazil subproject.

Covid Conspiracies in Brazil: The Old Communist Spectre Revisited

Discussing some of the conspiracy rumors and theories that circulated during the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil, this essay explores the fear of communism as a recurrent conspiracist trope in the country’s recent history. Unlike many conspiracy theories that can be described as bottom-up and suspicious of the national government, the Brazilian case shows the opposite tendency: the strategic use of conspiracist narratives to reinforce the powers that be.

Hatzikidi, Katerina. “Covid Conspiracies in Brazil: The Old Communist Spectre Revisited.” Culturico, 24 Mar. 2022, https://culturico.com/2022/03/26/covid-conspiracies-in-brazil-the-old-communist-spectre-revisited/.

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Pierre Ostiguy, Francisco Panizza and Benjamin Moffitt (Eds.). Populism in Global Perspective: A Performative and Discursive Approach

Hatzikidi, Katerina. “Pierre Ostiguy, Francisco Panizza and Benjamin Moffitt (Eds.), Populism in Global Perspective: A Performative and Discursive Approach (Abingdon: Routledge, 2021)” Journal of Latin American Studies, vol. 54, no. 1, 2022, pp. 175–177., doi:10.1017/S0022216X22000128.

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The Worst Is Not Over Yet: The Lives and Deaths of the ‘Self’ and ‘Others’ in Brazil’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

This paper focuses on the politics of life and death in Bolsonaro’s Brazil during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is argued that while this administration, and the president himself, have long supported violence against individuals and social groups they did not see as fully human, their response to the pandemic marked a public transition from valuing certain kinds of lives as opposed to others to a general contempt for human lives. The paper explores this transition by discussing the reification of the economy to the detriment of the people who produce and consume.

Hatzikidi, Katerina. “The Worst Is Not Over Yet: The Lives and Deaths of the ‘Self’ and ‘Others’ in Brazil’s Response to the COVID‐19 Pandemic.” Bulletin of Latin American Research, vol. 39, no. S1, 2020, pp. 71–74., https://doi.org/10.1111/blar.13187.

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Review: Kapferer, Bruce and Dimitrios Theodossopoulos (eds.) 2019. Democracy’s paradox: populism and its contemporary crisis.

Hatzikidi, Katerina. “Kapferer, Bruce and Dimitrios Theodossopoulos (eds.) 2019. Democracy’s paradox: populism and its contemporary crisis. New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books. 100 pp. Pb: US$14.95/£11.95. ISBN: 9781789201550.”. Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale 29.1 (2021): 258-260.

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