Spanish sociologist Manuel Castells visits FGV
On December 5, Fundação Getulio Vargas welcomed Spanish sociologist Manuel Castells, author of more than 20 books on the network society culture. Castells’ work is often used as a reference in studies and analyses of FGV’s Department of Public Policy Analysis (DAPP) in the field of network politics.
The sociologist was welcomed by the president of FGV, Professor Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal, for a lunch at FGV’s main office in Rio de Janeiro. During the afternoon, Castells visited FGV DAPP’s office, where he participated in a chat with director Marco Aurelio Ruediger and learned about the Department’s latest studies on monitoring public debate on networks. Some of the highlights included the study ‘Bots, social networks, and politics’, regarding the interference of automated accounts at key moments of Brazilian politics, and DAPP initiatives to monitor debates during the 2018 elections.
Castells is currently a professor of Sociology at Open University of Catalonia (UOC), in Spain, and professor of Communication, Technology and Society at University of Southern California, in the U.S. In 1972, he published his first book, ‘La Question Urbaine,’ which has been translated into 10 languages and has become a classic worldwide. Castells is currently one of the most mentioned thinkers in the fields of sociology and social communication.
The Spanish sociologist came to Brazil to host the conference ‘Rupture: the crisis of liberal democracy’ at the Oi Casa Grande Theater, on December 6. The event discussed contemporary tensions and dilemmas related to the development of democratic institutions and the application of the Rule of Law in network society.