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The Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies

Established in 2009, the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies promotes teaching and research about Brazil by faculty and students at Illinois and their Brazilian counterparts, who take advantage of the extensive resources available at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).Building on long-standing collaboration with Brazilian scholars in economics and agriculture, as well as nearly a half-century of teaching and research in Brazilian literature and history, the Institute fosters knowledge and understanding of Brazil across disciplines and colleges. It does this by offering fellowships to UIUC and Brazilian students at graduate and undergraduate levels; funding faculty research; organizing international conferences on Brazilian topics; and supporting cultural activities of all sorts.

O Instituto Lemann de Estudos Brasileiros

Estabelecido em 2009, o Lemann Institute promove o ensino e pesquisa sobre o Brasil por docentes e discentes de Illinois e seus colegas brasileiros, aproveitando os extensos recursos existentes na UIUC sobre o Brasil.

Illinois and Brazil

The University of Illinois has over a century of engagement in Brazil. Eugene Davenport, for whom Davenport Hall is named, was the first dean of the College of Agriculture at Illinois. As a young man he spent 1890-91 in São Paulo, Brazil, where he advised the coffee planter Luiz de Queiroz on establishing Brazil’s first school of agriculture, currently known as ESALQ (Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz), part of the University of São Paulo. In a memoir found in the UIUC archives, Davenport comments on the social conditions in Brazil in the years immediately following the abolition of slavery.
-Joseph Love, Emeritus Professor of History

Library Resources

The Brazilian Collection at the University Library is among the finest in the nation, with holdings that surpass 103,000 volumes in Portuguese. The Library has had a strong focus on Brazil for more than a century and was responsible for collecting materials for Brazil under the Farmington Plan in the 1940s and 1950s, an emphasis we continue today.

Upcoming Lecture:

January 9, 2019
2-3:300 PM
101 International Studies Building

Mariza de Carvalho Soares
Building from Ashes: The African Collection of Museu Nacional (Brazil) as an Experience of Research, and Education

The Museu Nacional was created in 1818, by Dom João VI, the king of Portugal who had fled to Brazil during the Napoleonic Wars. Over the last 200 years the institution assembled a team of important researchers, and a significant collection of Natural History, including Ethnology. This talk will focus on the African collection, and the African exhibition (Kumbukumbu: África, Memória e Patrimônio, launched in 2014) that burned along with the Museu Nacional on September 2, 2018. The talk draws a picture of the destruction, and a theoretical frame not only to understand the loss, but also to create something new from the remains. The current plan is: 1. To publicize the loss by preparing a digital collection; 2. To promote a debate around the importance of “decolonizing” African collections making them tools to question about racism, and exploitation in Modern World; 3. To find patrons for each of the rescued pieces of the African collection, making them symbols of the new stage of the Kumbukumbu, a Swahili word that means memory, or recollection.

Mariza has also included a copy of her article “Collectionism and Colonialism: The Africana Collection at Brazil’s National Museum (Rio de Janeiro)”. It can be accessed here: https://uofi.box.com/s/sr19fa1gp631h7o1mbqyd4vxqpn4qe62.

Co-Sponsored by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities and the Center for Advanced Study at Illinois.