Luís Cláudio Pereira Symanski, Lemann Distinguished Visiting Professor, 2019-2020
Luís Cláudio Pereira Symanski is an Associate Professor of history, anthropology, and archaeology in the Faculdade de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG). He also serves as the Vice-Director of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology within that division of UFMG. Luís’ teaching and advising are addressed to undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students. He is one of the most influential and active scholars in collaborative, interdisciplinary research of African diaspora populations in Brazil. Luís combines the insights of historical and archaeological analysis to uncover the lives and legacies of African heritage people in a nation that received the largest influx of captive laborers during the period of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Luís’ scholarship focuses on the untold histories of Afro-Brazilians living with the challenges of enslavement on sugar and coffee plantations. His current field research projects also focus on “maroon” settlements of populations who rebelled against enslavement in Brazil. He has been tireless in working to convey the lessons of historical and archaeological research to broad audiences. For example, Luís has served as a member of the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage (Routledge), and Editor and Board member of Vestígios: Revista Latino-Americana de Arqueologia Histórica (the Latin American Journal of Historical Archaeology).
He offered courses at UIUC designed with broad, interdisciplinary perspectives: the “History, Anthropology, and Archaeology of African Diasporas in Brazil” and the “History and Theory of Archaeology in Brazil.” Luís similarly plans a fascinating public lecture at UIUC, entitled “Historical Archaeology and the Material Expressions of Religiosity in African Diasporas in Brazil in the 18th and 19th Centuries.” Plans also include attendance at the ASWAD conference and the meetings of other professional organizations during his stay in the U.S. As the 2019-2020 Lemann Distinguished Visiting Professor in Brazilian Studies, his residency on campus will provide a unique opportunity for students, faculty, and the broader Urbana-Champaign community to engage in questions on a number of topics. This includes runaway maroon communities and the wider continuum of resistance to slavery in a comparative context, as well as the methods and models through which we commemorate African diasporic cultures. These courses and lecture will be of great interest to faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students on our campus from Brazilian studies, Latin American studies, African American studies, Center for African Studies, Global studies, Religion, Anthropology, Landscape Architecture, History, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, and Sociology, to name just a few.
Marco Bonomo, Lemann Distinguished Visiting Professor, Fall 2018
Marco Bonomo is Professor of Economics at Insper, where he has served as Associate Dean of Research and Research Degree Programs and as director of the Center for Finance Center (CeFi). He is currently a CNPq (Brazilian Research Council) Research Fellow, and a member of the Latin American Standing Committee of the Econometric Society, of the board of directors of the Brazilian Econometric Society, of the Brazilian Economic Cycle Dating Committee (CODACE, IBRE-FGV), and of the CVM (Brazilian Securities Exchange Commission) Behavioral Studies Nucleus. His main research interests are in macroeconomics, finance and the Brazilian economy. Price setting and, more recently, credit markets are among the main studied topics in macroeconomics. In finance, his research ranged from consumption-based asset pricing model to the effects of short-sale constraints. His work has appeared in several academic journals such as Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, Journal of Development Economics. He has also done research for government and multilateral organizations, as the Ministry of Finance of Brazil, IDB, IMF, and the World Bank. He has contributed for the Brazilian academic environment serving as president of the Brazilian Econometric Society and of the Brazilian Finance Society. Previously, he has been a faculty member of EPGE-FGV and PUC-Rio. Bonomo holds a PhD degree in economics from Princeton, and MA and BA in economics from PUC-Rio.
Nadya Guimarães, Spring 2018
Nadya Guimarães holds the Chair in Sociology of Work at the University of São Paulo. Since 1995 she is a CNPq Senior Researcher associated to CEBRAP (Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning), and in 2016 was inducted into the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. She also holds the positions of Associate Researcher at the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, in the UK, and is a Board Member of the International and Interdisciplinary Network on “Marché du Travail et Genre” (“Labor Market and Gender”), CNRS/France. Nadya Guimarães received her Ph.D. at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (1983) and did post-doctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Special Program on Urban and Regional Studies for Developing Areas (1993-1994). She has been researching on Brazilian the labor market focusing on: economic change and workers trajectories; gender/race inequalities; comparative studies on unemployment, employment flexibility and labor market intermediaries; care and care workers. In 2010, she received the Jabutí Prize – Brazil’s premier book award – for Trabalho flexível, empregos precários? Uma comparação Brasil, França, Japão (“Flexible work, precarious jobs? Brazil, France, Japan in comparative perspective”), co-edited with Helena Hirata and Kurumi Sugita.
Ruben Oliven, Fall 2016
Ruben Oliven is Professor of Anthropology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil and member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. He received his Ph.D from the University of London (London School of Economics and Political Science) and was a visiting professor at several universities, among them the University of California at Berkeley, Dartmouth College, Brown University and the University of Paris. He was the President of the Brazilian Anthropological Association and the President of the Brazilian Association for Graduate Studies and Research in Social Sciences. He won the Erico Vannucci Mendes Prize for Distinguished Contribution to the Study of Brazilian Culture. In 2014 he was awarded the Prize for Academic Excellence in Anthropology by the National Association for Graduate Studies and Research in Social Sciences. His research interests include urbanization, national and regional identities, popular culture and popular music, and symbolic meanings of money.
Eduardo Rios-Neto, Academic Year 2015-2016
Eduardo Rios-Neto is the Lemann Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign during the 2015-2016 academic year. Professor of Demography at CEDEPLAR-Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), where he has taught since 1980. He has a Ph.D. in Demography from the University of California at Berkeley. His M.A. and B.A. degrees are in Economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais – Brazil. He has published national and international papers as well as two books and several book chapters.
Fábio Akcelrud Durão, Fall 2014
Fábio Durão is professor of literary theory at the State University of Campinas. He is the author of Modernism and Coherence (2008), Teoria (literária) americana (2011), and the forthcoming Fragmentos Reunidos (2015). Among his edited and coedited volumes, there are Modernism Group Dynamics: The Politics and Poetics of Friendship (2008) and Culture Industry Today (2010). He is Associate Editor of the journal Alea, and has published essays in such journals as Critique, Cultural Critique, Latin American Music Review, Luso-Brazilian Review, The Brooklyn Rail, and Parallax. He has recently been elected president of ANPOLL, Brazil’s National Association of Graduate Studies in Letters and Linguistics.
Antônio Sérgio Alfredo Guimarães, Spring 2014
Antonio Sérgio Alfredo Guimarães is Professor of Sociology at the University of São Paulo, Titulaire of the Chaire brésilienne de sciences sociales Sérgio Buarque de Holanda, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, and is a Senior Researcher at Centro de Estudos da Metropole, supported by FAPESP (Fundação de Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) and Senior Research of CNPQ (Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa). He has a PhD in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison (1988), and was president of the Brazilian Sociological Society from 1996 to 1998. He does research on racial, national and class identities, Black social movements, affirmative actions, and Black intellectuals. He has published among others books: Preconceito Racial – Modos, Temas, Tempos. São Paulo, Ed. Cortez, 2008; Classes, raças e democracia, São Paulo, Editora 34, 2002; Racismo e anti-racismo no Brasil, São Paulo, Editora 34, 1999; 2nd Edição 2005.
Júlio César Bicca-Marques, Spring 2013
Dr. Júlio César Bicca-Marques is Full Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul. He has a B.Sc. in Biology from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (1986), a M.Sc. in Ecology from the University of Brasília (1991) and a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2000). He teaches ecology, conservation biology, animal behavior, primatology and scientific writing and conducts research on non-human primates. He is also a Research Fellow of the Brazilian National Research Council, Research Associate at the Department of Anthropology/UIUC, member of the Primate Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and of several Brazilian primate- and conservation-related committees, consultant for many Brazilian and international funding agencies, editor and member of the editorial board of four international journals, and referee of many international and Brazilian journals. From 1991 to 1993, he worked for the Brazilian Government at the Brazilian Environmental Protection Agency (IBAMA) and the Ministry of the Environment. He taught courses in Ecology at the Federal University of Acre from 1993 to 1995 and The Biological Bases of Human Behavior at UIUC in 1999. He was President of the Brazilian Primatological Society (2003-2004) and Director of the Graduate Program in Zoology/PUCRS (2007-2011) and has published almost 100 scientific papers and book chapters and edited two books. In 2012 he was awarded in the 3rd Ecofuturo Prize Education for Sustainability, Brazil.
Carlos R. Azzoni, Fall 2012
Dr. Carlos R. Azzoni is Full Professor of Economics at the University of São Paulo, with M. S. and Ph. D. from that university. He was chairman of the Department of Economics, associate dean and dean of the School of Economics, Administration and Accounting of USP. He was Visiting
Professor at Cornell University, Ohio State University and University of Illinois. His area of research is regional inequality. He has chaired the Regional Planning Division of the State of Sao Paulo Secretary of Planning for 7 years. He has published 7 books (Portuguese) and over 50 scientific papers, both in Brazilian and international refereed academic journals. He has worked as consultant for many Brazilian and International organizations, both in the private and public sector. He is one of the founders of the Brazilian Regional Science Association. He served in the scientific council of the Regional Science Association International.
Eduardo Coutinho, Fall 2011
Dr. Eduardo Coutinho has a BA in Portuguese Language and Literature from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1968), an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1973) and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley (1983). He is currently Professor of Comparative Literature at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He has experience in the Arts with emphasis in Comparative Literature, acting on the following topics: comparative literature, Latin America, literary theory, literature, Brazilian writer Guimarães Rosa. Dr. Eduardo Coutinho will teach the graduate seminar “Poetic Constructions and the Formation of the Cultural Imaginary in Brazil” (PORT 410/510) during the Fall 2011 semester.
Roberto DaMatta, Fall 2010
Dr. Roberto DaMatta has a B.A degree in History from the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF); a specialization course in Social Anthropology from the National Museum (UFRJ); and a M.A. and Ph.D. degree from the Peabody Museum of Harvard University. He was Head of Anthropology Department and Coordinator the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology at the National Museum (UFRJ). He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, where he held the Chair Rev. Edmund Joyce of Anthropology from 1987 to 2004. He is currently Full Professor at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). He conducted ethnological research among the Apinayé and Gaviões Indigenous groups in Brazil. He was a pioneer in studies of ritual and festivals in industrial societies, having investigated Brazil as a society and as a cultural system through the analysis of carnival, football, music, food, citizenship, women, death, and the numbers game categories of time and space. Dr.Roberto da Matta gave a series of lectures and workshops during his residence here at UIUC in 2010.