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Celso Furtado Centenary Commemoration

26 July 2020 marked the centenary of Celso Furtado’s birth (July 26 1920 – November 20 2004). Undoubtedly Brazil’s greatest economist, Celso Furtado made seminal contributions to our understanding of development and underdevelopment, economics, structuralism, and dependency theory. A fiercely innovative and interdisciplinary thinker who constantly enlarged the scope of his reflections, his work continues to be relevant and insightful across the social sciences.

Cambridge, the Centre of Latin American Studies and King’s College played a key role in his intellectual development. During his first stay at the University, in 1957-1958, he wrote his magnum opus, Formação Econômica do Brasil, and participated in some of the most exciting economic debates of the period, with figures such as Joan Robinson, Nicholas Kaldor and Piero Sraffa. This period cemented his role as a Latin American and Brazilian intellectual of global relevance.

During his second stay, as Simón Bolivar Professor at CLAS in 1973-1974, he wrote two working papers that marked an important turning point and set the stage for his works over the next decade. In these working papers, prefiguring much later debates, Celso Furtado adopts a more sceptical stance towards the possibilities and costs of development in Latin America, discusses the links between environmental degradation and unequal development, and integrates culture as a key element of his analysis. Some of the main contributions that would be developed in books over the next years, such as O mito do desenvolvimento econômico (1974), Prefácio a nova economia política (1976), Criatividade e dependência na civilização industrial (1978), and Pequena introdução ao desenvolvimento (1980), can be traced back to the inflection that occurred during his tenure as Simón Bolivar professor.

Celso Furtado made major contributions and left his mark wherever he went, and CLAS is proud to have been an important space in his trajectory. CLAS is commemorating his legacy this year, with further activities planned: more details to follow.

More information, events and podcasts in Portuguese - 26 a 31 de julho/20 | SEMANA CELSO FURTADO - 100 ANOS

Centenário Celso Furtado
Por ocasião dos cem anos de nascimento do economista Celso Furtado (1920-2020) - autor do clássico  Formação econômica  do Brasil (1959), ex-Ministro do Planejamento (1962-1963) e ex-Ministro da Cultura (1986-1988) -, o Laboratório de Pensamento Social (LAPES), da Escola de Ciências Sociais (FGV CPDOC), convida para mesa sobre o autor, com duas convidadas especialistas em sua obra: Rosa Freire d'Aguiar, jornalista, tradutora e curadora das obras completas de Celso Furtado, com destaque para a última publicação, Diários intermitentes (Companhia das Letras, 2019); e Rosa Maria Vieira, historiadora, professora da PUC-SP e da EAESP/FGV, autora do livro Celso Furtado: reforma, política e ideologia (EDUC, 2007), que este ano sai em segunda edição. (Webinair 30 de abril de 2020)

Podcast Especial da Academia Brasileira de Letras em homenagem ao centenário de Celso Furtado, feito pelo economista Edmar Bacha, com quem Celso Furtado conviveu em Yale por volta de 1964-65.