Liv Sovik

Researcher and research coordinator

BIOGRAPHY

Liv Sovik is a full professor of the School of Communication at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, where, between 2018 and 2021, she edited four special issues of the graduate program’s journal. She is a member of the Open Archives of the Cities of Latin America (https://arquivosabertoscidades.la/) collective and a researcher in UFRJ’s Programa Avançado em Cultura Contemporânea and its Laboratório de Estudos Negros. She was a professor at the Faculty of Communication of Universidade Federal da Bahia (1996-2000) and a founding faculty member (2011-2021) of the pioneering MA programme in Studies of Ethnic and Race Relations at the Federal Centre for Technological Education of Rio de Janeiro (CEFET-RJ). Holder of a BA in English from Yale University and a PhD in Communication from Universidade de São Paulo, she has lived in Brazil since 1987 and is a naturalized Brazilian citizen. She is a speaker and consultant with Brazilian organizations that promote art, culture and education (SESC, Instituto Ibiripitanga) and has also worked in favour of social movements and human rights organizations (Central Única dos Trabalhadores, Amnesty International, Geledés – Instituto da Mulher Negra, Articulação de Mulheres Brasileiras). She edited the major collection of Stuart Hall’s work in Portuguese, titled Da diaspora: Identidades e mediações culturais. (Editora UFMG, 2003, 2006, 2013 and 2018) and is the author of Aqui ninguém é branco [Here no one is white] (Aeroplano, 2009), a reading of whiteness through the figurations of racial identities in Brazilian popular culture, especially music, and of Tropicália Rex: Música popular e cultura brasileira (Mauad, 2018).

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MY RESEARCH

I observed, in my first years in Brazil, how Brazilian daily life seemed to illustrate postmodern criticism written in and for other regions of the world. I used New Criticism methods to investigate the imaginaries and subject positions implicit in the Brazilian popular music tradition, especially the music of the 1950s and 1960s, to discuss how and why this might be the case. The discursive mechanisms of valuing whiteness in Brazil are another major focus of my work and the subject of my book Aqui ninguém é branco (2009). I have also studied the leadership and erasure of Black women from the cultural history of Brazil, especially Chiquinha Gonzaga (1847-1935) and Chica da Silva (c. 1732-1796). I have studied Stuart Hall’s work since the early 2000s and have argued that his thought was formatted more by music than dialectics. Currently, I examine the hypothesis that music shapes thinking and knowing in Brazil and have dedicated myself to the concept of “thinking otherwise”. Conversations on this concept with Professor Julian Henriques led to my participation in the Sonic Street Technologies project.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS
_____. Tropicália Rex: Música popular e cultura brasileira. Rio de Janeiro: Mauad, 2018, 165p.
_____. Aqui ninguém é branco.  Rio de Janeiro: Aeroplano Editora, 2009.  Preface by Silviano Santiago.  176p.
_____ (ed., revision and preface). Stuart Hall.  Da Diáspora: identidades e mediações culturais.  (Trans. Adelaine La Guardia Resende et al.) Belo Horizonte: Editora UFMG/Brasília: Representação da UNESCO no Brasil, 2003, 2006, 2013, 2018.
_____ with José Luiz Aidar Prado (eds.). Lugar Global e Lugar Nenhum: ensaios sobre a democracia e a globalização.  São Paulo: Hacker Editores, 2001.

BOOK CHAPTERS 
_____. “Tom Zé’s tropicalista theory of Brazilian music, the global music industries and Karol Conká”. In: K. Goldschmitt e Jason Beaster-Jones (orgs.) The Oxford Handbook to the Global Music Industries. Oxford: Oxford University Press, in preparation.
_____. “Subjetividades brancas: o caso Vazante”. In: Denise da Costa Oliveira Siqueira (ed.). Corpos, imaginários e afetos nas narrativas do eu. Rio de Janeiro: e-papers, 2020, p. 201-212.
_____. “Estudos Culturais e diáspora”. In: Júlia Maria Costa Almeida and Paulo Roberto Tonani do Patrocínio, eds. Estudos Culturais: Legado e Apropriações. Campinas, SP: Pontes Editores, 2017, p.101-122.
_____. “Stuart Hall, Brazil and the Cultural Logics of Diaspora”.  In: Julian Henriques and David Morley, eds. Stuart Hall: Conversations, Projects and Legacies. London: Goldsmiths Press, 2017, p.   229-235.
_____. Por que tenho razão: branquitude, Estudos Culturais e a vontade de verdade acadêmica.  In: Flavi Ferreira Lisboa Filho e Maria Manuela Baptista (orgs.). Estudos culturais e interfaces: objetos, metodologias e desenhos de investigação. Aveiro: Universidade de Aveiro, Programa Doutoral em Estudos Culturais; Santa Maria: UFSM, PPG em Comunicação, 2016. E-book.  2016 ISBN 978-989-20-6719-3.  Available at: http://w3.ufsm.br/estudosculturais/arquivos/livros-completos/ESTUDOS CULTURAIS E INTERFACES 2016.pdf.
_____. Chica da Silva: a irrupção da memória negra em um samba-enredo.  In: Cláudia Neiva de Matos, Fernanda Teixeira de Medeiros e Leonardo Davino de Oliveira (orgs.).  Palavra Cantada: estudos transdisciplinares.  Rio de Janeiro: EdUERJ, 2014, p.231-249. ISBN 978-85-7511-348-6

JOURNAL ARTICLES 
_____. Imaginários universais, racismo e branquitude no Brasil: uma história ainda por contar. Revista Brasileira de História da Mídia, Vol.10, No. 2 (2021), p. 61-75. https://revistas.ufpi.br/index.php/rbhm/article/view/13276 “Através do olhar da representação”: sobre estereótipos e comunicação. Heterotopías  (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba). Vol. 3, No. 6 (2020), p. 1–27. Available at: https://revistas.unc.edu.ar/index.php/heterotopias/article/view/31839
_____. Brazil, Now. Soundings. No. 71, Spring 2019, p. 140-159. DOI: 10.3898/SOUN.71.10.2019.
_____. Chica da Silva as Vulto Histórico: Brazilian imaginaries and gender violence. Letteratura d’América (Universitá La Sapienza di Roma). Ano XXXVII, n. 165, 2017, p. 5-22.
_____. Stuart Hall and Writing Structured Like Music.  Small Axe. No.46.  (Vol. 19, No.1, mar. 2015), p.109-116.  Published in Portuguese in Projeto História (PUC-SP), 2016, no. 56, p. 215-232. http://revistas.pucsp.br/index.php/revph/article/view/29998
_____. “We Are Family”: whiteness in the Brazilian media.  Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies.  Vol.13, No.3, dez. 2004, p.315-325.
_____. Tropicália: Canonical Pop.  Studies in Latin American Popular Culture.  (UCLA) No. 19, 2000, p.113-128.  Honorable Mention, Carlos and Guillermo Vigil Best Essay of the Year Prize, 2001.

EDITED JOURNAL ISSUES 
_____ (ed.). Feminismos vitais. Pós-ECO, Vol. 24, No.1 (2021), p. 1-227. https://revistaecopos.eco.ufrj.br/eco_pos/issue/view/12910 
_____, with Lígia Lana and Maria Bogado (eds.). Comunicação, feminismos e crise. Pós-ECO, Vol. 23, No.3 (2020), p. 1-244. https://revistaecopos.eco.ufrj.br/eco_pos/issue/view/1290
_____, with Maria Fantinato (eds.). Música e suas determinações materiais.  Pós-ECO, Vol. 23, No.1 (2020), p. 1-380. https://revistaecopos.eco.ufrj.br/eco_pos/issue/view/1288
_____ (ed.). Racismo. Pós-ECO, Vol. 21, No.3 (2018), p. 1-174. https://revistaecopos.eco.ufrj.br/eco_pos/issue/view/1174
_____, with Fernanda Martinelli and Liziane Guazina (eds.). MATRIZes (USP). Tributo a Stuart Hall. Vol. 10, No. 3 (2016) p. 9-224. http://www.revistas.usp.br/matrizes/issue/view/9256
_____, with Thiago Ansel (eds.). Comunicação, identidades raciais e racismo. Animus (UFSM).  Vol.14, no.27 (2015) p.1-112.

NON-ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS 
_____. Branquidade e racialização: qual o lugar da educação? Portal Geledés. 13/08/2019. https://www.geledes.org.br/branquidade-e-racializacao-qual-e-o-lugar-da-educacao/
_____. Fascism and Brazil. OpenDemocracy. 19/10/2018.  Available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. https://www.opendemocracy.net/democraciaabierta/liv-sovik/fascism-and-brazil
_____. Chicas.  Programme notes for Chica, contemporary dance performance, Cia. Étnica de Dança, directed and choreographed by Carmen Luz. May 2015. http://projetochicaetnica.wix.com/projeto-chica#!
_____. Les paradoxes du “racisme cordial”. Interview by Marie Naudascher. Les Brésiliens (Série “Lignes de vie d’un peuple”).  Paris: Ateliers Henry Dougier (Éditions Autrement), 2014, p.12-18.
_____. Stuart Hall: a favor da diferença.  O Globo. 22/02/2014. https://blogs.oglobo.globo.com/prosa/post/stuart-hall-favor-da-diferenca-525304.html
_____, with Rosângela (Janja) Costa Araújo. Capoeira e conhecimento: entrevista de Mestre Janja. (Transcript available at https://ufrj.academia.edu/LivSovik) YouTube. 23/12/2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K12NGPQQFtE.