Brasiliana: Journal for Brazilian Studies is a dynamic, open access academic forum in which scholars from diverse disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences can publish their research and draw on scholarship within the interdisciplinary field of Brazilian Studies.

Call for Book Reviews


Dear friends of Brasiliana: Journal for Brazilian Studies,

We are calling for reviewers for the below list of recent publications. We will also accept proposals for books not already on this list provided they meet with journal interests and have been released in the past 24 months. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer for Brasiliana, please click here for further information or contact Dr. Anna Grimaldi (

Helton Levy, 2018. The Internet, Politics, and Inequality in Contemporary Brazil: Peripheral Media
Lucia Grinberg, 2019. The Military and Political in Authoritarian Brazil: The Aliança Renovadora Nacional (ARENA), 1965-1979
Vladimir Puzone & Luis Felipe Miguel, 2019. The Brazilian Left in the 21st Century: Conflict and Conciliation in Peripheral Capitalism
Sarah A. LeBaron von Baeyer, 2019. Living Transnationally between Japan and Brazil: Routes beyond Roots
Lilia Schwarcz & Heloisa Starling, 2019. Brazil: a Biography
James Green, Victoria Langland & Lilia Schwarcz, 2019. The Brazil Reader: History Culture Politics
Eric Miller & Ronald Morgan, 2019. Brazilian Evangelicalism in the Twenty-First Century: An Inside and Outside Look
Herbert Klein & Francisco Vidal Luna, 2019. Feeding the World: Brazil's Transformation into a Modern Agricultural Economy
Perry Anderson, 2019. Brazil Apart 1964-2019
Antonio M. Buainain, Rodrigo Lanna, Zander Navarro (eds) Agricultural Development in Brazil: The Rise of a Global Agro-food Power
Jacob Blanc, 2019. Before the Flood: The Itaipu Dam and the Visibility of Rural Brazil
Gustavo Procopio Furtado, 2019. Documentary Filmmaking in Contemporary Brazil: Cinematic Archives of the Present
Virgilio Afonso da Silva, 2019. The Constitution of Brazil: A Contextual Analysis 
Brian Wampler, Natasha Borges Sugiyama, & Michael Touchton, 2019. Democracy at Work: Pathways to Well-Being in Brazil

Call for Papers: Beyond the Hard News: Periodical Print Culture in Brazil


Brasiliana: Journal for Brazilian Studies will publish a dossier (mid 2020) focusing on the periodical print culture in Brazil. This dossier will feature recent research on periodical studies from various perspectives and methodologies. We welcome articles discussing how newspapers and magazines have contributed to the kaleidoscope of Brazilian affairs from the early nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century. We also invite scholars working on periodical studies (art history, history, literature, journalism, media and communications), to submit articles focusing on transnational aspects analysing contents (texts and images), actors (writers, illustrators, editors), and periodicals that have crossed local, regional, and national borders, contributing to the dynamic, circulatory aspects of the periodical print culture in Brazil.

Vol 8 No 1-2 (2019): Afro-Brazilian Studies

This double-issue of BrasilianaJournal for Brazilian Studies foregrounds recent scholarship on Afro-Brazilian studies in a multi-disciplinary dossier that brings together contributions and reflections on this theme in Brazil and beyond. Here, the reader will find articles on topics such as the history of racism and black activism in Brazil; the intellectual networks between Brazil and the USA in the 1930s; the critical Afro-Brazilian stance of Mário de Andrade towards race and the colour line; the works of the contemporary artist Rosana Paulino and her emphasis on the black female body; the musical tradition still alive in Brazilian quilombos; the cultural aspects of the Brazilian foreign policy towards African countries since the 1960s, and the criminalization of Afro-Indigenous religiosity in the Amazon region. The dossier also features analyses of questions related to Afro-Brazilian history in specific works of prose fiction such as Ana Maria Gonçalves’s Um Defeito de Cor and Clarice Lispector’s A paixão segundo G.H.; as well as in films (Cidade de Deus and Praça Paris).

The section ‘Varia’ - dedicated to essays, interviews and creative works - the reader will find the first translation into English of a play by the Afro-Brazilian activist and dramaturge Solano Trindade (1908-1974), who conceived the First Afro-Brazilian Congress alongside Gilberto Freyre (1900-1987) in 1934. Discovered in the Black Archives of Mid-America, the play Zumbi dos Palmares Malungo is new evidence for understanding Afro-descendent performance in the Americas and its relationship to questions of identity and heritage. This section also features an interview with Joel Rufino dos Santos (1941-2015), and another with the poet Ricardo Aleixo and the rapper Diamondog talking about their experiences as black artists in a conversation that took place at the notorious Cabaret Voltaire in Zürich; as well as a summary of the key themes of the works of the poet Edimilson de Almeida Pereira, who has just published Poesia + (2019); while the poet Carlos Orfeu explores images of slavery sugarcane plantations.

In this double issue we are also introducing audio versions to expand the accessibility to these materials, helping to realise the mission of Brasiliana to be a free, open access academic forum focused on the interdisciplinary field of Brazilian studies.

This issue is dedicated to Ecio Salles (1969-2019), a great star who has left us too soon.

Published: 2020-01-04


Felipe Botelho Correa


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