The Mapungubwe Annual Lecture 2019 theme will cover such sub-themes as:
- The apparent decline in global humanist and Left politics and the character of current trends in Latin America
- The domestic political and social dynamics that influenced the outcome of Brazil’s 2018 electoral outcomes
- The impact of ethics as well as safety and security on electoral choices and how the Left is perceived on these measures
- Democracy in the era of fraught American (USA) politics and implications for global economic relations and geo-politics
- Possibilities for the poor to protect and advance their socio-economic interests beyond formal political platforms
- The strategic underpinning of the BRICS partnership and whether it can outlive the volatility of politics in the partner-countries and across the globe.
Prof Giorgio Romano Schutte is an associate professor of International Relations and Economics and member of the post-graduate courses in World Political Economy and International Relations. He has been proffessor at the Federal University of São Paulo (Universidade Federal do ABC – UFABC) since March 2010. He holds a Master´s degree in Political Science/International Relations from the University of Amsterdam (1987) and a PhD in Sociology from the University of São Paulo (2003).