Race and Performance in Brazil
Rio de Janeiro and Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Race and Performance Cultures in Brazil
July 14-July 29, 2019
Application Deadline: February 19, 2019
Students are chosen based on the quality of their application.
This program is open to Tulane undergraduates who:
- demonstrate, through relevant course work and extracurricular activities, a commitment to global exchange at Tulane,
- are enrolled full time, and
- will be enrolled full time as undergraduates at Tulane in the upcoming fall semester.
Join Tulane faculty on a 15-day (3-credit) cultural immersion program to explore the intersections of race, identity, performance and belonging in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, Brazil.
The Center for Global Education sponsors a yearly summer study abroad program highlighting the diasporic connections between Louisiana and other locations in the Black Atlantic World. Click here to contact alumni from the Summer 2018 program in the Dominican Republic!
The program has 10 fully funded spots for a select group of 10 Tulane undergraduates. Selection will be made based on merit and financial need.
Courses are designed to give students the skill set to capitalize from the outset on the workshops, field experiences, network connections, and academic environment that study abroad offers and then translate those experiences into an internationally-focused undergraduate career upon return to campus. Students will combine classroom learning with hands-on application of the material through assignments designed to explore their overseas experiences and apply them to their chosen course of study.
This summer’s trip will take students to Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, Brazil in a multidisciplinary study of performance cultures in two of Brazil’s most iconic cities. This program will bring students first hand experiences to understand how cultural performances have been at different times celebrated, marginalized or criminalized over the course of Brazil’s history. From protest movements to popular music and performance, students will explore how affective and intimate bodies are made political as repositories of national heritage or transgressive communities of dissent. A focus will be given to performative practices that have linkages with diasporas in New Orleans to help students understand race, migrations, identity, and globalization deeply and personally.
About the Locations
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro ("January River”) is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil, and the third largest metropolitan area in South America. The city was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries during the Portuguese colonial era. Rio is nicknamed the Cidade Maravilhosa or "Marvelous City" thanks to its dynamic urban vibe, expansive beaches, and abutting rain forest. Rio represents the second largest GDP in the country and is the headquarters of major Brazilian companies. It's home to many universities, and the second largest center of research and development in Brazil.
Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
Salvador da Bahia, located on the Atlantic coast in northeastern Brazil, has three million inhabitants. Due to the strong slave presence during the colonial period, Salvador has a strong African influence, including religious and spiritual practices, cuisine, and ethnic dynamics. Today, Bahia is a booming city, and its historic and ethnic diversity can be noted in the city’s architecture and layout – old parts of the city are located next to modern complexes.
INTU 3010: Global Cultural Awareness (Pre-departure; online with 2 mandatory in-person pre-departure orientations) 1-credit
INTU 3020: Cross-Cultural Engagement Abroad (While Abroad; Students must participate in all experiential learning activities and class sessions while abroad) 1-credit
INTU 3030: Post Study Abroad Re-Entry (Upon Return; online) 1-credit
In our ever more globalized world, study abroad is becoming an integral part of the undergraduate curriculum. Living and taking courses in a foreign country can push students to leave their comfort zones, hone their language capabilities, and increase their cross-cultural communication skills, better equipping them to become future leaders. To truly reap the benefits that the study abroad experience offers, however, students must work at making thoughtful connections between the experiences abroad and their overall college curriculum and career goals. Being able to work through issues of intercultural communication prepares students to better address whatever subjects that they are passionate about--from curing diseases to finding energy solutions to fighting inequality on a global scale.
Through participation in this program students will be enrolled in a sequence of three 1-credit courses: 1-credit prior to departure (online), 1-credit while abroad, and 1-credit upon return to the Tulane campus (online). Courses are designed to give students the skill set to capitalize from the outset on the experiences, network connections, and academic environment that this experience offers and then translate those experiences into an internationally-focused undergraduate career upon return to campus. Students will combine classroom learning with hands-on application of the material through assignments designed to explore their overseas experiences and apply them to their chosen course of study.
Experiential Learning Highlights:
- Cultural exchange with Favela Brass
- Visit to candomblé terreiro
- Visit to samba schools and bloco afros
- Introduction to capoeira
- Exchange with Steve Biko Institute for racial justice
- Exchange with artists at the Morrinho community project
- Day Trip to witness, Acupe Nego Fugido (A quilombo community’s reenactment of the devastation of slavery)
Annie Gibson, Administrative Faculty, Director of Study Abroad https://global.tulane.edu/annie-gibson
Carolyn Barber Pierre, Assistant Vice President for Multicultural Life
- Students will live in shared dormitory-style rooms in local hostel/hotels in the Gloria neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro and the Barra neighborhood of Salvador.
- Students will also participate in a weekend-long homestay in Rio de Janeiro
- Breakfast is included on the program as well as some lunch and dinners
- Wifi access available
This program has fully funded scholarships available for a select group of 10 students. Early application is encouraged for full consideration.
Registration & Scheduling
Registration is complete when all application materials and payments are received.
A valid passport is required for all U.S. citizens. Requirements vary for other nationalities. International students should check the requirements for their respective countries. For US passport fees and instructions see the U.S. Department of State site: http://travel.state.gov/passport.
It is very important that you apply early for your US passport. The Tulane Office of Study Abroad assumes no responsibility in assisting students with passports. Please contact the Office of Study Abroad if you need documentation indicating you are on a study abroad program.
Visas are required for US citizens studying in Brazil. Students are required to secure their visa.
Medical and Global Rescue
All students participating on Tulane Office of Study Abroad summer programs are covered by a comprehensive study abroad medical insurance policy provided through Geoblue. This insurance is included in the cost of the program. Students are also covered by Global Rescue.
Accessibility for the Disabled
Tulane University is committed to making all its programs accessible to the physically challenged. Persons requiring special facilities should notify the specific program coordinator and the academic director as soon as possible (in writing). All effort will be made to accommodate but students should be aware that reasonable accommodation may be required.
Refund & Cancellation Policy
All money will be refunded in full to any student not accepted into the program less the $150.00 application fee. The $150.00 deposit is refundable by the program deadline. If a student withdraws within 14 days prior to the start of the program no money will be refunded.
The effective date of cancellation is the date official written notification is received by the Tulane Office of Study Abroad at the address below or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. This refund policy applies to all students regardless of the date of application or the circumstance of the cancellation.
Office of Study Abroad
6901 Willow St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
- program transportation in-country,
- breakfast/some meals,
- class field trips,
- pick up at airport,
- comprehensive medical & emergency insurance
- Passport & visa fees,
- telephone calls (send/receive),
- meals not specified,
- Transportation other than specified
- International Airfare from New Orleans to Brazil (some airfare scholarships available)