Podcast unites literature and psychology to discuss family relationships – Jornal da USP

In an episode of the podcast Fabulations on Brazilian Families, a former guerrilla fighter and daughter of Rubens Paiva spoke about the effects of political persecution on their families

Written by Valentina Moreira and Candido

A podcast episode dealing with the family relationships of the oppressed by the military dictatorship – Photo: Wikipedia

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“Dictatorship regimes go deep into the human psyche.” With these words, former federal representative of the state of São Paulo and ex-combatant Jose Genuino presents the experience of persecution and torture by the Brazilian civil and military dictatorship. Along with Vera Paiva, daughter of former Representative Rubens Paiva and a professor at the Institute of Psychology (IP) at USP, Genuino participates in the episode.
father sleep. Guests talk about the military regime’s injury to the families of its victims to this day. The episode is part of the podcast Myths about Brazilian familiesfrom the Institute for Advanced Study (IEA) at USP, available free of charge here.

father sleep It begins with the short story named Eduardo Peoni, which tells the vision of a son for his father, who was subjected to political persecution during the military period. Following the podcast proposal, Bione’s script introduces some topics that have implications for family relationships. In this case, the psychological suffering of those who had contact with the military apparatus. Through the reading, Genuino and Vera recall their experiences and reflect on the way they each found themselves experiencing certain psychological traumas.

In Vera Paiva’s speech, the murder of Rubens Paiva gains a subjective perspective. In addition to the historical significance of the case, she recounts how the impossibility of knowing her father’s whereabouts affected her family. Vera, for example, recalls the incident in 2014, when retired Colonel Paulo Malhaes revealed to the Truth Commission that the body of the former deputy had been thrown into the sea. “After Malhaes’ testimony, my and my sister’s experience, entering the sea and feeling something completely different.”

Vera Silvia Fakula Paiva, professor at the Institute of Psychology and daughter of former MP Rubens Paiva, was killed in 1971 by the military regime – Photo: Marcos Santos / USP Images


She says that after the report, the colonel changed the narration of the story several times, again causing the grief of not being able to know for sure what had happened. In this regard, Vera notes: “Paulo Malhaes himself says that disappearance was a tactic to destroy families, a tactic to inflict irreparable wounds. […] Disappearance is an attempt to inflict permanent suffering.”

On the other hand, Genuino deals, among other topics, with the effects of torture and imprisonment and its relationship to other comrades in the struggle and their families. He recalls in his account: “I spent a lot of time in hiding and in prison. I went 12 years without seeing my mother or my brothers. When I went to see them for the first time, she [mãe] He came to me and took my arm and asked “Are you alive?” , “Are you?”

Brazilian family myths

Belinda MandelbaumIP Instructor, Episode Moderator and Coordinator Brazilian family mythsExplains that the program It brings individual experiences to discuss issues common to different families. Issues that, although not reproduced in a similar way, express dangers in Brazilian society.

According to her, “The family is a vocal council of social life, deeply permeated with the broader issues into which society enters. Family relations, therefore, recreate, within it, authoritarian, violent or even solidarity relations. It is As if, in a way, the family was a kind of microcosm of this big reality we live in.

Belinda Mandelbaum, Professor at the Institute of Psychology – Photo: Jornal da USP

Topics were taken from literary texts produced by students of a school a path Family Figures in Twentieth Century Brazilian Literature, presented by IEA in 2020. The course is part of a research interface conducted by the Professor of Intellectual Property, which examines changes in family paradigms and expressions in literature. At the end of the training, the participants produced narratives inspired by what was taught. For the podcast, 12 scripts were selected, which were used as a starting point for episodes produced throughout the year.

Next to father sleepreleased in April, Brazilian family myths narrates the March episode, was in a wellWhich focuses on issues of racism and whiteness and takes as its starting point the short story written by Lauren Carvalho Silva. In the next edition, the podcast will discuss issues of gender, masculinity, and generational trauma, based on the script Protect.

Belinda explains that the goals are to publish student-written texts and serve as an attraction for the listener to connect with other material on the issues discussed. Therefore, in location From the programme, materials are also available for those who wish to delve deeper into the topics covered.

She believes the show is able to spark thought: “We hope the episodes will reinforce the definition, and the listener will be able to think about some questions like ‘What is family?'” “,” What do we consider families? “,” Is there? One model, or are there other models? ‘. We speak of the various suffering and emotions involved in family relationships, in order to provide a channel for suffering that must be thought out and detailed.”

father sleep All episodes have already been released by Brazilian family myths they are Available for free at location, In the spotify In the players below. On these platforms, it is also possible to keep track of software versions.

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