Who We Are
The Brazil Center was established in 1995, following twenty-five years of work by the institute's Brazilian Studies Committee to diversify and expand interdisciplinary studies of Brazil on the University of Texas at Austin campus and to increase the number of faculty specializing in Brazil. The Brazil Center's mission is to support Brazilian studies across academic disciplines at UT Austin, and to promote collaborative research and exchange between Texas and Brazil.
UT Austin is widely recognized as home to the top academic program in Latin American Studies and one of the most comprehensive Brazilian Studies programs in the United States. Approximately a quarter of LLILAS-affiliated faculty dedicate all or part of their research and/or instruction to Brazil-related content in diverse disciplines, including Afro-Brazilian studies, Anthropology, Architecture, Communications, Geography, Geosciences, Government, History, Human Ecology, Language and Literature, Law, and Public Policy.
What We Do
In pursuit of our mission, the Brazil Center has established several broad goals to:
- Create an interdisciplinary network of Brazilianists
- Support the teaching, study, and research agendas of students, faculty, and visiting academics at the university
- Strengthen the university's institutional relations with academic, nonprofit, and government agencies in Brazil
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG)
In December 2013, The University of Texas at Austin and FAPEMIG signed an agreement that will provide $80,000 to facilitate the exchange of faculty members between UT and Minas Gerais, Brazil. The first visitors are expected from Minas Gerais during the Fall 2014 semester. Research incentive funds up to $20,000 will supplement other Brazlian sources (post-doc salary, CNPq, CAPES). Proposals for this visiting professorship will be reviewed by the Brazil Center of LLILAS and priority will be given to candidates who demonstrate a viable and robust partnership with UT colleagues. Interested faculty should submit to the Brazil Center a research statement, course plan, and curriculum vitae before March 31, 2014.
UT-Fulbright Visiting Professor in Environmental Sciences and Policy
The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and the Fulbright Commission of Brazil jointly coordinate the annual UT-Fulbright Visiting Professorship in Environmental Science and Policy. The program brings an eminent Brazilian scholar to UT Austin for one semester each academic year from 2011 through 2015 and is testimony to the strong cross-university interest in the initiative for environmental and Brazilian studies. It is supported by five different units of the University of Texas at Austin, including the Office of the President, the Jackson School of Geosciences, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the McCombs School of Business, and the School of Law. Each UT-Fulbright Visiting Professor is affiliated with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies for which the Brazil Center plays a coordinating role in the program. The annual Call for Proposals is posted by the Fulbright Commission of Brazil each spring or summer for candidates applying for the following spring semester (January–May). For more information, visit Fulbright Brazil or contact the Brazil Center. To learn about previous appointees, visit UT-Fulbright Visiting Professor in Environmental Sciences and Policy.
The Brazil Center organizes a broad range of scholarly events. Recent activities have included talks discussing social mobility and grassroots organizations in favelas, Brazilian environmental policies, race and demography, Estado Novo, democratic institutions, and urban musical performances. The Brazil Center also hosted a lunch discussion with Luiza Bairros, Minister of the Secretariat for the Promotion of Racial Equality in Brazil.
For a complete listing of LLILAS events, visit our Events Calendar.
Connect with Us
Are you interested in helping out with some of our events? E-mail the Brazil Center to find out how.
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