Brazil LAB initiative has been renewed

Wednesday, Sep 1, 2021

The Brazil LAB initiative (Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies), headed by Professor João Biehl, has been renewed by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) for another three years.

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. The LAB takes Brazil as a dynamic nexus for engaging pressing issues — from the Amazonian tipping point to democratic insecurities to socioeconomic and health inequities to systemic racism and 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.

In the next three years, the Brazil LAB will be developing the new research hub Indigenous Ecologies of Knowledges across the Americas in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology. Professor Biehl is leading this initiative together with Princeton Global Scholar Carlos Fausto, Professor of Anthropology at the Museu Nacional. The LAB, the Department of Anthropology, and the High Meadows Environmental Institute are happy to welcome two new postdoctoral fellows who will help with this initiative: the Brazilian anthropologists Maria Luísa Lucas and Guilherme Fagundes.

Lucas has carried out extensive fieldwork with indigenous communities in Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. In her work, she is concerned with biocultural diversity, world-ending violence, and repatriation and decolonizing museums. She is carrying out several digital humanities projects, including a partnership with the British Museum. Fagundes has carried out extensive fieldwork with indigenous communities in the Brazilian Amazon and with quilombola/maroon communities in the Cerrado region. His work explores anthropology of technique, ethnobotany, the ecological role of fire, racialization, and biosecurity. He is also an award-winning filmmaker.