The Global Collaborative Network “Race and Citizenship in the Americas” is an internationalization initiative led by Princeton University and the University of São Paulo (USP). It brings together faculty and students to debate on issues related to race, ethnicity and social mobility in the Americas. The Network was inaugurated in September 2012 and will continue operating until August 2015. As a multi-center project that encompasses a wide range of researchers, the studies promoted by the Network will be mainly comparative, focusing primarily on Brazil, the United States and the Caribbean.
Professors Pedro Meira Monteiro (Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures), João Biehl (Anthropology) from Princeton, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz (Anthropology) and Antonio Sérgio Guimarães (Sociology) from USP are the Network’s coordinators. In both countries, the Network incorporates researchers from many areas of expertise, among them anthropologists, sociologists, scholars of languages and literatures, historians, political scientists and specialists in African-American studies. The Network also aspires to facilitate dialogues across academic levels within universities; its members include undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, professors, and Visiting Student Research Collaborators (VSRC).
There will be a symposium during each of the Network’s three years of operation. The first two symposiums will be held at Princeton and open to the public and the third and final symposium will be held in São Paulo. Moreover, a number of other smaller workshops and seminars will take place at both locations. In 2013, Princeton’s Program of Latin American Studies (PLAS) will host the first international colloquium, “Race and Citizenship in the Americas: Now and Then” on February 21 and 22. In addition, between February 11 and April 29, the “Brazil Seminar” at Princeton will bring a specialist on Brazil to campus every Monday to present work related to race and citizenship. Parallel to these seminars, professors from Princeton will hold three seminars on these topics in São Paulo.