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Brazilian Studies

First articulated in 2004, Brazilian Studies is an interdisciplinary collaborative that agglomerates scholars and students interested in pursuing and sharing research and scholarship on Brazil on the campus of Indiana University Bloomington. Since its foundation, Brazilian Studies has organized a variety of conferences, lectures, and working groups and established select course offerings. For more information, please contact us at clacs[at]

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  • Eduardo Brondizio, Professor, Department of Anthropology
    • Research Interests: Environmental and economic anthropology, land use and landscape history, ethnobotany, integrative methodologies and remote sensing applications in Anthropology, household economy and demographics, people-forest interaction
  • Vania Castro, Senior Lecturer, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
    • Research Interests: Amazonian culture and folklore; material culture; second language pedagogy
  • Yara Ferreira Clüver, Associate Director, Collins Living-Learning Center
    • Research Interests: Brazilian art and culture, photographic studies, artists' books, art and community, art and the environment, feminism, student affairs
  • Della Cook, Professor, Department of Anthropology
    • Research Interests: Human osteology, Paleopathology, Mortuary practices, Demography
  • Luis González, Librarian for Latin American Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, Chicano-Riqueño, and Latino Studies at Indiana University Libraries
    • Research Interests: Modern Brazil, Brazilian agrarian, social, and socio-legal history, Caribbean and African history, and Latin American Studies librarianship.
  • Luciana Namorato, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
    • Research Interests: Brazilian and Portuguese Literatures and Cultures, Brazilian Modernism, Contemporary Latin American Narrative, Gender Studies
  • Darlene J. Sadlier, Professor Emerita, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
    • Research Interests: Brazilian literature and culture; Portuguese literature and culture; Brazilian cinema, Latin American cinema
  • Micol Seigel, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies
    • Research Interests: Race, cultural politics, transnational method, prisons
  • Stephen Selka, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies
    • Research Interests: Religion, Politics, Tourism, Transnationalism
  • Pravina Shukla, Associate Professor, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology
    • Research Interests: Folk art and material culture; body art; museum studies; Carnaval
  • Andréa Siqueira, Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology
    • Research Interests: Household economy, nutrition and health, gender environmental anthropology, community management and conservation of natural resources, people and parks, Latin America, Amazonia.
  • Michael Spiro, Associate Professor, Jacobs School of Music
    • Research Interests: Latin American music, Afro-Cuban folkloric music, samba
  • Estela Vieira, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
    • Research Interests: Portuguese and Brazilian literatures and cultures, Luso-Hispanic comparative approaches to literature and culture, interior space and interiority in realist fiction, dead narrators and death in literature

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Students wishing to include a focus on Brazilian studies are encouraged to contact us early in their academic career in order to avail themselves of all the academic and extracurricular opportunities that are available to them. Particularly strong degree granting programs on the IU Bloomington Campus are the Department of Spanish and Portuguese's degree programs, and the Department of African-American and African Diaspora Studies' degree programs.While no formal undergraduate or graduate program exists, Brazilian Studies offers a variety of courses across multiple disciplines and can offer students comprehensive knowledge of Brazil and Brazilian issues. Some recent courses offered include:





Campus Resources

  • Researching Brazil: Devised as a tool to support research in Brazilian Studies by Luis González, Researching Brazil/Pesquisa no Brasil is both a bibliographic database and a gateway to online resources relevant to this field of inquiry. The site provides a searchable index of Brazilian scholarly journals, as well as access to full-text dissertations from Brazilian institutions. Additional relevant resources include online directories of researchers and institutions, online bibliographies, quantitative data sets, and selected web sites relevant to researchers.
  • Brasiliana in the Lilly Library: Darlene J. Sadlier, IUB Professor in the Spanish and Portuguese Department, has put together an annotated bibiliography of selected Brasiliana holdings from the colonial period into the 20th century. As part of a reissue of the 1972 Brazil catalogue, the first part of the publication is a digitized copy of the original 1972 catalogue. The second part, titled Brasiliana at The Lilly Library, provides a broader view of pre- and post-independence materials from the library's collections, with a special eye to more recent acquisitions focusing on U.S.-Brazil cultural relations in the twentieth century. This is an important resource for faculty and students pursuing work on Brazil.
  • Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change (ACT): ACT is an interdisciplinary training and research center on the human dimensions of global environment change. The current environmental crisis has made us aware of the need to "think globally, act locally" - yet this dictum is rarely carried out in research and training. The globalization of the environment crisis bears the risk of the research and training at Universities being purely global in nature. This would fail to take into account the highly variable local causes of human activities or to discover sustainable solutions to the use, conservation, and restoration of human ecosystems.

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Funding Opportunities

  • For Undergraduate Students: The IU Office of Overseas Studies currently has several study abroad programs in Brazil for undergraduate students: a Portuguese-language Liberal Arts program in Salvador da Bahia, an English-language Business and Culture program in São Paulo, a Portuguese-language Liberal Arts program in São Paulo, and two programs in Rio de Janeiro.
  • For Graduate Students: The Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies offers field research grants to support pilot research projects in which students gain familiarity with the languages and cultures of their prospective research sites, gather initial research data, and develop contacts with scholars and institutions in their countries and fields of study. Recently funded graduate student research projects include:
    • "Brazilian Bass Styles and the Pedagogy of Popular Music in Brazil"
    • "Post-Nationalism and its Precursors: The Brazilian Literary Tradition from Lispector to the Present Day"
    • "Inter-generational Change in the Brazilian Amazon: Youth Perceptions of Development"
    • "Brazil's Evolution of Environmental Policy Leadership"
  • For Faculty:
    • Fulbright Chair in Music and Musicology at IU. This position is open to senior faculty members, researchers, musicians, composers, or performers from institutions across Brazil for full funding for one academic term (fall or spring semester) to support teaching and research activities at IU. Read the call for proposals. The application period for the 2018-2019 academic year is due October 1st, 2017.

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  • Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA): BRASA is an international, interdisciplinary group of scholars who support and promote Brazilian studies in all fields, especially in the humanities and social sciences. BRASA is dedicated to the promotion of Brazilian studies around the world in general, and in the United States in particular. BRASA organizes an international congress on Brazilian studies every other year. The organization is funded through the dues of its members and generous support from the College of Arts and Science and the Office of the Provost at Vanderbilt University.
  • Edward A. Riedinger’s Brazilian Studies: Online resources for researchers: Visit this page for information on indexes and catalogs, full-text retrieval databases, gateways, and audio-visual materials. Riedinger heads the Latin American Studies Library and is professor for Brazilian Studies at Ohio State University.
  • Brazilian Embassy of the United States: The Brazilian Embassy has extensive resources through their website on Brazilian culture, economy & finance, education, energy, environment, foreign policy, science & technology, tourism, and trade & investment. A great beginning research for an overview of Brazilian life and culture. The Embassy also has an internship program in a variety of areas. These are usually three-month unpaid positions, either full-time or part-time, which can be renewed for an additional three months. Applicants are required to be fluent in both English and Portuguese, and have a strong interest in Brazilian-related issues. The application process is ongoing. Interested students should sent an e-mail to
  • University of São Paulo Theses and Dissertations: Peruse this digital library for Portuguese-language theses and dissertations dealing with a variety of topical areas.

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