Brazil LAB faculty, scholars receive accolades

March 25, 2024

In the Brazil LAB, the South American country is taken as a nexis for thinking through issues that affect people in Brazil and globally, and are salient to established scholarship and nascent critical work. The LAB (Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies) is a multi-disciplinary research and teaching hub for exploring the country’s history, politics, and culture, and its regional significance and international connections. In recent weeks, Brazil LAB's faculty and scholars have been honored in significant ways:

Brazil LAB affiliate scholar Federico Neiburg (Museu Nacional-UFRJ) has been awarded the 2023 SAGE International Sociology Best Paper Prize for his paper “Misalignments: House Money and Inflationary Experiences," co-authored with Eugênia Motta. Their study explores how residents of Complexo da Maré, a favela region in Rio de Janeiro, experienced and navigated price increase in food, energy and other expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Crooked Plow" ("Torto Arado"), by Itamar Vieira Júnior and translated into English by Johnny Lorenz, professor of English at Montclair State University and Brazil LAB affiliate scholar, has been longlisted for the 2024 International Booker Prize. The Booker Prize will announce its shortlist on April 9, 2024. The winner will be revealed on May 21, 2024.

Lilia Schwarcz, visiting professor and Brazil LAB advisory board member, was elected to the Brazilian Academy of Letters (ABL). The ABL is regarded as the premier organization dedicated to the Portuguese language in Brazil and it consists of 40 permanent members, who are referred to as "immortals."