African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department


Study in Brazil, Summer 2018! Apply by February 28, 2018.

Course Information

Students register for:

AFR 321, crosslisted with LAS 324L and ANT 324: African Diaspora in the Americas with Dr. Marcelo J.P. Paixão

AFR 373: Independent Research - BRA (In this course, students will conduct a research project with the guidance of Dr. Paixão.)

Rio de Janeiro is famous for its natural settings; Carnaval celebrations; samba and other music; and hotel-lined tourist beaches, such as Copacabana and Ipanema, paved with black and cream swirl-patterned mosaics known locally as pedra portuguesa. Famous landmarks also include the giant statue known as Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor), one of the new Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar); the Sambódromo, a permanent parade stadium used during Carnaval; Maracanã stadium, one of the world’s largest soccer stadiums; and its many favelas.

favela flag

Favelas are an essential part of understanding the makeup of
 Rio. These primarily black communities are informal urban settlements originating from independent ex-slave communities called quilombos. Favela residents make up 25 percent of the city and are the fastest growing group of the city’s population. Rio also boasts the world’s two largest forests growing inside an urban area, the Parque Estadual da Pedra Branca (White Stone State Park) and the famous Floresta da Tijuca (Tijuca Forest).

This program provides participants with an overview of the theories, histories, and politics of the African Diaspora in the Americas. While attending the course on African Diaspora in the Americas, students have the unmatched opportunity to read and debate on topics concerning Black peoples while experiencing the very new and palpable effects of the greater presence of Afro-Brazilians in previously segregated institutions of higher learning. 

Students will volunteer with CRIOLA, a Brazilian NGO which supports black women in Brazil. Their mission is to improve living conditions and prepare these women to face racism, sexism, and homophobia current in Brazilian society. Volunteer positions vary but give students the opportunity to interact widely within the CRIOLA community. Students can also volunteer with other partners that match their interests.


Application Deadline: February 28, 2018

Duration of Trip (tentative): June 16th –July 29th, 2018

Approximate Expenses and Fees

Application Fee: $75

Program Fee: $4175

Books and Materials: $100

Food: $400

Airfare: $1500

Local Transportation: $100

Personal Items: $100

Medical Insurance: $76

Passport: $135

Visa: $160

Emergency Funds: $500

Total: $ 7,321

Email Sade Abramson at for application.