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Welcome to the Brazil LAB | Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies

The Brazil LAB is an original initiative, gathering Princeton faculty and students working in and on Brazil and on subjects Brazil is helpful to think with. Spearheaded by PIIRS and in synergy with various departments, programs and initiatives, the LAB | Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies | is a multi-disciplinary research and teaching hub for exploring the country’s history, politics and culture, along with its regional significance and international connections.

In the LAB, we take Brazil as a dynamic nexus for engaging pressing issues — from environmental change and democratic insecurities to socioeconomic and health inequities to emerging forms of political mobilization and cultural expression — that affect people in Brazil and globally, and that are salient to both established scholarship and nascent critical work.

With a flagship Global Seminar and myriad intellectual activities, the LAB brings students and faculty to the comprehensive study of Brazil, while also promoting novel research collaborations across political economies and cultures. Responding to emergent problematics requires developing our collective capacities to formulate new questions, to promote international and experiential learning, to sustain in-depth reflection, and to collaboratively envision alternatives. We seek to train a cosmopolitan new generation of Brazilianists capable of producing trailblazing, socially meaningful scholarship.

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Monday, Nov 12, 2018

On November 8th, the Brazil LAB hosted a book release and discussion of...

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018

On October 22, the Brazil LAB invited the award-winning filmmaker Maria Ramos...

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018

This month two Associates of the Brazil LAB—sociologist Angela Alonso, ...

Monday, Oct 22, 2018

The DVD of Vazante, a striking cinematic portrayal of slavery in colonial Brazil, has...

Upcoming events

Maxixe in the Metropolis: Constructing Afro-Paulistano Respectability ca. 1920 | Mellon Forum

Wed, Nov 28, 2018, 12:00 pm

As thousands of migrants and immigrants poured into São Paulo at the start of the twentieth century, many groups worked to define their place...

Slavery in Princeton and Brazil | Being Human Festival 2018

Fri, Nov 30, 2018, 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Princeton high school student Andre Biehl will speak about the role of slave-owners in the development of Princeton township and...

Tropical Unconscious: An Anthropology of the Mosquito in Latin America | PLAS & Brazil LAB Lunch Talk

Tue, Dec 4, 2018, 12:00 pm

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the most important vector of diseases such as yellow fever, dengue, zika and chikungunya.