About the Centre
The Brazilian Centre for African Studies traces its origins from the Centre for South Africa-Brazil Studies (CESUL), a program established in 2005 through a partnership between the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and the Alexandre de Gusmão Foundation (FUNAG) 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 UFRGS’s 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 FUNAG.
Our research efforts are geared towards the understanding of the African continent 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 CEBRAFRICA is a purely academic and independent institution, housed in a Brazilian public university, without any bonds with the government or foreign institutions/foundations.
The Centre congregates researchers from UFRGS and many other brazilian, african and international institutions, as well as post-graduate and undergraduate students that develop research in the centre’s themes.
CEBRAFRICA currently publishes its African Series of publications and we recently released first edition of the Brazilian Journal of African Studies (RBEA).
About African Studies
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 limited perspective anymore. It is extremely important to study the continent’s specifications and to directly dialogue with the scholars, the governors and the African society. In this perspective, the researchers developed by CEBRAFRICA have as a goal to study the inter-African relations’ system, as well as the structures that compose it and, from this, try to comprehend its perspective of the international relations and of the continent’s integration to the world.
Combined to this perspective, it becomes fundamental to analyze the Brazilian projection and its cooperation efforts (including the ones on Defense) with African countries in the South Atlantic perimeter, as we see a scenario in which this Ocean assumes new geopolitics importance. It is important to emphasize that Brazil uses the cooperation as a way of promoting the construction of a regional identity in South Atlantic, which starts to alter the power relations in this space. The research effort is, therefore, based on regular contacts that have been kept with African, Latin-American, European and Asian academic institutions, specialized in Africa.