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 the Amazonian tipping point to 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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Upcoming events

RWO | Climate Change Politics in the Global South: Implications for International Order
Fri, Oct 7, 2022, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

For the second meeting of the World Order Colloquium, the Reimagining World Order research community is pleased to welcome Professor Matias Spektor (School of International Relations at FGV in Brazil and Visiting Fellow at PIIRS). A Q&A with the virtual and in-person audiences will follow the presentation.


Mellon Forum | Of Milk, Blood, and Bones
Tue, Oct 25, 2022, 12:00 pm1:20 pm

A Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities event with Ana Ozaki (Princeton). Discussant: Isadora Moura Mota (History Department). Box lunches are provided while supplies last.

Not on campus? Register and watch here.

São Paulo: Governing the Brazilian Megacity
Fri, Nov 4, 2022, 12:00 pm1:20 pm

A Brazil LAB lunch talk with Benjamin Bradlow (Princeton). Discussant: José Lira.

Benjamin Bradlow is an Associate Research Scholar in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University and a Lecturer in Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs. Before arriving at Princeton, Bradlow was a Postdoctoral Fellow and…

Saramago 100 Years
Wed, Nov 30, 2022, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

A Brazil LAB event with Pilar del Río, Kathryn Bishop-Sánchez, and Luiz Schwarcz. Moderator: Pedro Meira Monteiro.

Pilar del Río is a journalist, writer, and translator and presides over the José Saramago Foundation.

Luiz Schwarcz is a Brazilian editor and public intellectual and the co-founder of Companhia…










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