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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Brazil LAB Platforms

Freedoms/Liberdades (coming soon)
Voyage pittoresque dans le Brésil
Indigenous Futures (coming soon)

Upcoming events

Art in Brazil Today
Tue, Feb 27, 2024, 12:00 pm1:20 pm

A conversation with Brazilian artist Nuno Ramos. Discussant: Tiago Ferro.

Imaginable Environments
Fri, Mar 1, 2024, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

A Brazil LAB event with Lia Medeiros (NASA Einstein Fellow, Department of Astrophysics) and Vinícius Duarte (Research Physicist, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory). Discussant: Adriana Petryna (University of Pennsylvania).

Is My Language My Motherland?
Fri, Mar 22, 2024, 3:00 pm4:30 pm

A conversation with Tiago Ferro, Visiting Fellow in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Stanley J. Stein Annual Lecture | Black Legend
Wed, Mar 27, 2024, 4:30 pm6:00 pm

The Brazil LAB and the Program in Latin American Studies at Princeton University present the 2024 Stanley J. Stein Lecture, featuring historian Paulina Alberto (Harvard University). Discussant: Isadora Moura Mota (Princeton University).

This lecture honors the life and work of the Princeton Professor Stanley J. Stein (1920-2019), a…

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