Brazil as Global Crossroads

In July and December 2015, Columbia University humanities faculty came Rio de Janeiro to conduct research and participate of transdisciplinar colloquium. Led by the Dean of Humanities, Professor Sharon Marcus, the group of Columbia and Barnard faculty in history, architecture, literature, and music got to visit major local institutions, such as the Moreira Salles Institute, the Brazilian National Library and theNational Museum of Fine Arts. They have also connected with local curators, researchers and specialists in their areas of interest.


​Our collaboration with ​the Columbia Global Center​ Rio facilitated faculty members' access to archives, libraries, and ​museum collections and connected us to leading professors in Brazilian universities. Working with the Center also gave Columbia University and Barnard College professors from different departments a rare chance to collaborate closely with each other. The​ Columbia Global Center Rio​​ ​has been a terrific partner​ and we hope to continue working together in the future.” 

Sharon Marcus, Dean of Humanities



Dean Sharon Marcus visited the National Library and was granted access to archives.



During this visit, humanities faculty have also held professors lectures to the general public, counting with support from Brazilian institutions such as Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ)Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage (EAV)Instituto de Tecnologia e Sociedade (ITS) andStudio-X Rio. Dean Sharon Marcus met with the leadership of several research and educational institutions, such as the Director of Instituto Moreira Salles and the Dean of PUC-Rio. Dean Marcus also gave an interview to a cultural daily column for O Globo.




Professor Barry Bergdoll gave a lecture at Studio-X Rio


In December, a three day colloquium was held in Brazil presenting preliminary results of Columbia faculty research in the IMS’ archives and collaborative projects. The program "Brazil as Global Crossroads: Modernities, Networks and Representations" featured Professors Graciela Montaldo (GSAS, LAIC), Ana Paulina Lee (GSAS, LAIC),Jose Moya (Barnard, History) and Alexander Alberro (GSAS, Art History), Dean Sharon Marcus and professor Barry Bergdoll participated remotely.  Brazilian professors from São Paulo University (USP), the Catholic University in Rio (PUC-Rio) and UFRJ also presented research results and propositions for collaborations with Columbia faculty. The event was organized in close collaboration with Columbia Global Center | Rio de Janeiro.



The Brazil as Global Crossroads seminar took place at IMS and PUC-Rio and was attended by Columbia Faculty, IMS researchers and other invited scholars from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.