The Making of Modern Brazil: Marginal Spaces, Race, and Urban Life


Combined format


San Diego, CA and Online


June 13-18, 2022 (virtual); June 19-July 1, 2022 (residential)


3 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience




How can we understand Brazil’s historical and contemporary inequalities and their relation to geographical, social, racial, and gender divides? How does this inform Brazil’s quest to be a global superpower? Over three weeks, this Institute will form an interdisciplinary intellectual community focused on learning and sharing ideas about contemporary Brazil. Through group discussion of scholarship, cinema, art, and other forms of expression, participants will work towards tangible outcomes — a syllabus or draft research project. Beyond expanding and deepening knowledge of Brazil, the Institute will prepare colleagues to develop new insights for interdisciplinary and transnational teaching.

Project Director(s)

Erika Robb Larkins; Kathryn Sanchez

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Jaime Amparo Alves; Benjamin Cowen; Keisha-Khan Perry; Jessica Graham

Grantee Institution

San Diego State University

Funded through the Division of Education Programs