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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Monday, Jul 12, 2021

This past week, Veja – the most important Brazilian news magazine – published an interview by the Brazil...

Monday, Apr 19, 2021

On March 31, 2021, the Brazil LAB and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese hosted the fourth in a series of talks known as “Pílulas Literárias...

Monday, Apr 12, 2021

On Thursday, April 1, the Brazil LAB hosted the 2021 Stanley Stein Lecture “Atlantic Entanglements in the Era of Abolition (Angola and Brazil,...

Friday, Apr 2, 2021

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, the Brazil LAB and the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology of the Museu Nacional (UFRJ, Brazil) held the first...

Upcoming events

A Pandemic of Inequality: Critical Perspectives from Brazil and the US

Thu, Sep 30, 2021, 4:30 pm

A Brazil LAB event with Sir Angus Deaton (Princeton), Ricardo Paes de Barros (Insper and IMDS) and Thomas Fujiwara (Princeton).

Book Forum: Enciclopédia Negra | Black Encyclopedia

Wed, Oct 6, 2021, 12:30 pm

A Brazil LAB event with Lilia M. Schwarcz (University of São Paulo & Princeton) and Jaime Lauriano (Brazilian artist and curator).

O Que Precisávamos Ver: A Conversation with Itamar Vieira Jr.

Tue, Oct 26, 2021, 3:00 pm

The Brazil LAB presents a conversation between award-winning Brazilian writer Itamar Vieira Jr.

The Makings of the Forest: Ecologies of Knowledges in Amazonia

Thu, Oct 28, 2021, 4:30 pm

A Brazil LAB event with Carlos Fausto (Museu Nacional & Princeton) and Anne McClintock (Princeton).