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Brazilian Research and Studies Center

The Brazilian Studies and Research Center (BRaS) is a non-profit and independent network research center based in Würzburg, Germany. The BRaS produces and disseminates relevant social-science research with a focus on Brazil. The center’s core mission is to promote throughout the world scientific research on Brazil with a focus on its political, social, economic, and cultural development. Moreover, the BRaS are committed to the principle of science with and for society.

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Brazilian Research and Studies Center

Majority influence in proportional elections: the case of Brazilian mayors and city councilors

Brazil has the most fragmented party system in the world. In 2018, 30 parties obtained at least one seat in the Lower House, with the effective number of parties being 16.4. This value is pointed out by several analysts as one of the obstacles to governance, given that the presidential party usually does not win a majority in the Legislature and must resort to multiparty coalitions to govern and to remain in office. The diagnosis of the fragmentation of the party system was accompanied by several attempts at treatment.

October 19th, 2020|Vol. 1 Num. 2|

The 2020 Brazilian municipal elections as a test for Bolsonaro’s increasing popularity

The first round of the upcoming municipal elections in Brazil will take place on 15th November of this year, with over a one-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic[1]. Both the public and scholars will need to wait a little bit to unfold the many expectations that come with these elections. Of course, each election entails some degree of expectation, especially in a country such as Brazil, where there is a high party fragmentation and an unstable party system, and thus a high degree of uncertainty about who the winners will be. However, two contextual facts make these elections more interesting to both the public’s and scholars’ eyes.

October 12th, 2020|Vol. 1 Num. 2|

Self-regulation on a local credit union

Cooperation is a collective action between two or more people, for a common purpose. Records in cooperation exist throughout the history of humankind, and various forms of cooperation between humans have been noticed since antiquity. The action is as old as human relations. Every day individuals have helped each other to overcome obstacles or to defend themselves from the weather, diseases, hunger, misery, etc. This concept is also related to modern times and is used in organizations that are called cooperatives.

October 5th, 2020|Vol. 1 Num. 2|

In Between Fields of Research: Where Does Cultural Studies Stand?

When I was invited to write about the field of research I am working in, I was overwhelmed by the fact that I have my doubts on how to describe it. I had never heard about Cultural Studies before. It was only when I was accepted at the Ph.D. program on Heritages of Portuguese Influence at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, that those words started to make sense.

September 28th, 2020|Vol. 1 Num. 2|

The PT’s Ideational Origins: Avenues for Research

The emergence of the Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores, PT) from the suburbs of São Paulo, its institutionalization, and its later rise to the presidential office in 2002 not only turned traditional Brazilian politics on its head, but it also spurred a flood of research on the phenomenon, commonly referred to as PTlogia in Brazil. An annotated bibliography on the PT from 2013 covers more than 400 pages (Metidieri Menegozzo 2013) and the flow of publications on the party has since continued.

September 21st, 2020|Vol. 1 Num. 2|

Welcome to BraS-Blog, volume 1 number 2

I remember clearly as a child watching Tintin at night before going to bed. It was my favorite time of the day. Tintin was the kind of character I could rely on not only for a good story but also to help me shape (part of) the worldview and aspirations I have today. As much as I could have been brought up to hate communism, I think I leaned into the other values promoted by the character. Fast forward to 2009, my first exam at university, we were given a Tintin cartoon to criticize for an Anthropology course.

September 14th, 2020|Vol. 1 Num. 2|

Academic staff

Dr. Thomas Kestler

Dr. Thomas Kestler

Network Board and Academic committee

Senior Scientist

M.A. Anna Bennech

M.A. Anna Bennech

Network Board and Academic committee

DFG research fellow and Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Würzburg

M.A. Claudia Pires de Castro

M.A. Claudia Pires de Castro

Academic committee

Masters student in Political Science at the University of Vienna

M.A. Giovanna Imbernon

M.A. Giovanna Imbernon

Academic committee

Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Studies at the University of Coimbra (CES/IIIUC)

Guilherme Souza

Guilherme Souza

Academic committee

MSc Candidate in Environmental Risks and Human Security at the United Nations University and the University of Bonn.

M.A. Jayane Maia

M.A. Jayane Maia

Academic committee

GIGA Research Fellow and PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Hamburg

M.A. Lucas Thixbai Fraga

M.A. Lucas Thixbai Fraga

Academic committee

Ph.D. Candidate in Public Policy at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

M.A. Matheus Jones Zago

M.A. Matheus Jones Zago

Network Board and Academic committee

DFG research fellow and Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at University of Würzburg

M.A. Matheus Lucas Hebling

M.A. Matheus Lucas Hebling

Academic committee

Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP)

M.A. Thaís Cavalcante Martins

M.A. Thaís Cavalcante Martins

Academic committee

Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar)

Dr. Eric Nogueira Andrade

Dr. Eric Nogueira Andrade

Junior Ph.D. researcher

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Brazilian Research and Studies Center Membership

Complete the information below to become a member of the Brazilian Research and Studies Center. Members have the right to participate effectively in the discussion and deliberation of matters, in addition to voting and being voted at any general meeting. Members will also receive promotional discounts at events.

For more information, please contact us by e-mail.
brazilianresearchandstudies@gmail.com

The Brazilian Research and Studies Center, located at the University of Würzburg (Germany), is recruiting members to join its Academic Committee.

To join our committee, we are looking for:

  • masters’ or Ph.D. students/candidates in Political Science or correlated areas;
  • former experience with independent and original research on the political, social and economic situation in Brazil;
  • full work proficiency in English (German knowledge will be a differential);
  • availability to dedicate a few hours per month to academic activities.

Activities:

  • review scientific abstracts and papers;
  • organization of books and annals of events;
  • support for publications by BRaS members.

Academic Committee members receive certificates for the activities developed at BRaS. We emphasize that it is possible to work at a distance. Finally, note that the Academic Committee activities are voluntary and unpaid.

What we offer:

  • fees exemptions in BRaS’ events;
  • contact and interaction with an international researchers’ network;
  • experience in organizing academic publications and reviewing academic productions;
  • contact with institutions in Europe and Brazil.

Did you like the idea and want to be part of BRaS? Complete the form and attach your resume (vitae or lattes) along with a letter of motivation (1-2 pages) to become a member of the BRaS Academic Committee. 

Which institution are you affiliated to?
Please write the country name in English. Ex. Brazil
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Ex. Ph.D. candidate at London Business Scholl specialized in Political Theory.
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Upload your CV (1-2 pages). Only PDF files. File: 4MB max.
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Workgroup’s proposals are an initiative of Brazilian Research and Studies that aims to promote an exchange of academic and scientific practices through research, science and technology.

The Workgroup is implemented through partner organizations, or by the members of Brazilian Research and Studies themselves.

After the selection process, successful Workshop Coordinators will be responsible for recruiting participants to the workshops.

The workshops may be specific to a particular field of research or interdisciplinary in nature. If the workshop is interdisciplinary, please indicate this on the application form by ticking more than one assessment panel as instructed.

Workshops will be held in English. The exception will be when all workshop participants are Portuguese speakers. Then the workshop should be conducted in Portuguese.

Workshop Coordinators will lead on the research content of the workshops. The content must reflect the goal of the program to build links for future collaboration and enhancing the researchers’ career opportunities.

1. Brief workshop guidelines

2. Sessions should be as interactive as possible with participants encouraged to share knowledge, experience and ideas.

3. Workshop coordinators and mentors should have the opportunity to share their expertise.

4 Suggested sessions:

4.1. Formal keynote lectures by the workshop coordinators and mentors.

4.2. Research sessions, where the early career researchers are able to share their current research (could be in poster format or oral presentations).

4.3. Networking sessions, where researchers are able to interact and explore opportunities for collaboration (e.g. speed-networking sessions).

4.4. Public engagement activity.

4.5. Cultural activity.

4.6. Positive aspects of being in direct contact with research (visits on location, laboratories, field work, database) and university.

4.7 Possibilities of presenting researching and summaries at a distance. (Technologies for distance presentation should be discussed with Bras Network Comitte. It is necessary for the organizer to hold responsible for the availability of instruments and quality necessary for the implementation of this point).

Which institution are you affiliated to?
Please write the country name in English. Ex. Brazil
Select your current status
Maximum of 500 words, it must contain objectives, justifications, methodology, target audience and possible place to host the workshop.
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Upload your CV (1-2 pages). Only PDF files. File: 4MB max.
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Summary of the program and the scientific or technological importance of the Workshop (in English)

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