Area Studies in Brazil: Panel proposal for the Congresso Internacional da Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 7-8 September, 2012
Gilberto Freyre, after learning about “area studies” as a visiting professor at the University of Indiana, proposed a model for “estudos de área” in the Brazilian university. At mid-century, he called for “uma possível luso-tropicologia” based in the colonized and decolonized parts of Portugal’s empire. In the decades that have since passed, several initiatives have been undertaken to establish African, Arab, Asian and Lusophone studies in Brazil. This panel invites papers that interrogate both past and present initiatives to establish area studies programs in Brazil. How have “world areas” been modeled, studied, and institutionalized (or not)? How have these configurations in Brazil intersected with and also diverged from U.S. and/or European models? In exploring the progammatic study of "world areas" in Brazil during the twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries, this panel seeks to ask how other configurations of area studies outside of the U.S. American context were possible through distinct imperial histories.
Co-organizors of the panel: John Tofik Karam and Jeffrey Lesser
The co-organizors kindly ask those interested to send a brief abstract of their work (in less than 300 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org before 12 October, 2011.
John Tofik Karam, Ph.D.
Latin American/Latino Studies Program
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