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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Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020

On Thursday, February 6, the Brazil LAB and the Department of Anthropology hosted Aparecida Vilaça, Professor of Social Anthropology of Brazil’s...

Monday, Jan 27, 2020

Marcelo Medeiros is one of Brazil's most renowned scholars working on inequality. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Program in Latin...

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020

A delegation of two Princeton faculty and eight graduate students of the Program in Classical Philosophy was in São Paulo from January 17 to 19,...

Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020

We mourn the passing of the great historian Stanley J.

Upcoming events

Solidarity and Activism When Democracy Fails

Fri, Feb 28, 2020, 12:00 pm

A Brazil LAB event with Alessandra Orofino and Federico Neiburg.

“When the Africans Hid Themselves”: The 1857 Strike in Bahia

Thu, Mar 5, 2020, 4:30 pm

The 2020 Stanley J. Stein Lecture

A Brazil LAB event with João José Reis and Isadora Moura Mota.

The Silenced Body: A Conversation about Afro-Brazilian Art and the African Diaspora

Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 4:30 pm

A Brazil LAB event with Dalton Paula and Lilia M. Schwarcz

Amazon Uncovered: A Documentary Film by Estevão Ciavatta

Tue, Mar 31, 2020, 4:30 pm

A Brazil LAB film screening event with Estêvão Ciavatta, Beto Veríssimo, and Thomas Levin