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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Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020

On October 1, 2020, the Brazil LAB hosted a conversation on Bolsonaro’s Religion. The event featured Brazilian anthropologist Ronaldo de...

Thursday, Sep 24, 2020

On September 19, 2020, the Brazil LAB kick started the Brazil LAB Works-in-Progress series, a forum for scholars at Princeton to share their...

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020

On September 10, 2020, the Brazil LAB –– in partnership with the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology (PPGAS) of the Museu Nacional (UFRJ), the...

Upcoming events

Amazonia on Fire: Revealing Ecosystem Transformations and Threats with Science and Transparency

Thu, Oct 22, 2020, 4:30 pm

A Brazil LAB event with Tasso Azevedo, Michael Celia and João Biehl.

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Amazonia Undercover

Thu, Nov 5, 2020, 4:30 pm

Online Film Screening and Discussion with Estevão Ciavatta, Rob Nixon, Ilona Szabó, and Beto Veríssimo

Léopold Senghor in Brazil: Poetics of a Luso-Afro-Atlantic Négritude [Work-in-Progress]

Fri, Nov 6, 2020, 4:30 pm

A Brazil LAB Work-in-Progress event.

Léopold Senghor in Brazil: Poetics of a Luso-Afro-Atlantic Négritude by ...

Competition, Capacity, and Investments in Public Health in Brazil [Work-in-Progress]

Fri, Nov 20, 2020, 4:30 pm

A Brazil LAB Work-in-Progress event.

Competition, Capacity, and Investments in Public Health in Brazil by ...