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Who's afraid of the Queermuseu: the association between art and pedophilia on the CPI dos Maus-Tratos

Grant number: 19/25017-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2020
Effective date (End): February 28, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology - Other specific Sociologies
Principal researcher:Jorge Leite Júnior
Grantee:Bryan Henrique Pinto
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


This project has as objective to analyze the discourse in the meetings of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry on Abuse (in Portuguese represented by the acronym CPIMT) regarding the arts. The exhibition "Queermuseu - Cartografias da Diferença na Arte Brasileira", and the performance "La Bête" performed by the artist Wagner Schwartz, both accused in the social networks of pedophilia, becomes a matter for CPI. This study intends to understand how art exhibitions became a subject of a CPI, analyzing the discourse, verifying if there was a process of censorship and artistic persecution, and also if such discourse would be a transnational process of mobilizing the contemporary monster, the pedophile, in order to restrain sexual and reproductive rights, creating a "phantom of the gender. For such a theoretical undertaking, we intend to make methodological use of Foucault's formulations on discourse, as well as the theoretical framework of the Queer Theory to help us understand the plot of the CPIMT, the discourses that crossed during the meetings.

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