Brazil LAB

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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News

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019

On Tuesday, September 24th, the Brazil LAB welcomed literary breakout star Geovani Martins to campus.

Monday, Sep 30, 2019

On Thursday, September 19, the Brazil LAB hosted two outstanding Brazilian public intellectuals, economist Laura Carvalho,...

Thursday, Sep 12, 2019

The Brazilian filmmaker and friend of the Brazil LAB Estevão Ciavatta gave a testimony on the perils facing Amazonia today.

Monday, May 20, 2019

On March 14th, exactly a year after her assassination, the Brazil LAB organized a tribute to councilwoman and political activist Marielle Franco,...

Upcoming events

Amazonian Leapfrogging: Long-term Vision for Safeguarding the Amazon for Brazil and the Planet

Thu, Oct 17, 2019, 2:00 pm

Princeton researchers will gather with Brazilian scientists, policymakers, environmental leaders, business innovators and social entrepreneurs for...

PLAS Lunch Lecture: Education is No Panacea: Inequality and Poverty in Brazil

Wed, Oct 23, 2019, 12:00 pm

There are important limitations to what education can do to reduce inequality and poverty within a reasonable time frame.

The Poetics of an Amazonian World: Flutes, Spells, Necklaces, and Manioc

On Brazilian Authoritarianism: A Book Forum with Lilia Schwarcz