The Brazilian Centre for African Studies (https://www.ufrgs.br/cebrafrica/en/) traces its origins from the Centre for South Africa-Brazil Studies, a program established in 2005 through a partnership between the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and the Alexandre de Gusmao Foundation from Brazil's Ministry of Foreign Relations.
Its research activities are developed together with the Brazilian Centre of Strategy and International Relations, both being located at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul economics faculty, the Centre's main goals are the development of academic research, the supporting of works, thesis and dissertations, the congregation of research groups in African themes, the organization of meetings and seminaries, the promotion of student and professor exchange experiences with other institutions, the establishment of research networks and joint projects with African and Africanist institutions as well as the publishing of works produced in Brazil and other countries, helping increasing the size of the specialized library provided by the Alexandre de Gusmao Foundation.
The research efforts of the Brazilian Centre for African Studies are geared towards the understanding of Africa and its relations with Brazil, encompassing the fields of International Relations, Integration, Security & Defense, Political Systems, History, Geography, Economic Development, Social Structure & its Transformation and Schools of Thought. It is important to stress that the Brazilian Centre for African Studies is a purely academic and independent institution, housed in a Brazilian public university, without any bonds with the government or foreign institutions/foundations, hence it congregates researchers from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and many other Brazilian, African and international institutions, as well as post-graduate and undergraduate students that develop research in the centre's themes. The center also publishes the Brazilian Journal of African Studies.
African Studies in Brazil
The African studies has been knowing notable development in Brazil, encouraged by the pioneering effort of a group of scholars, by the public politics of Afro-Brazilians inclusion and by the growing Brazilian presence in Africa. Yet, the unknowing is still wide, as well the generalizations and the mimicry in relation to other historic experiences. The Brazilian society and academia cannot relate themselves to Africa and study it in a...