Aurora Santos and Vasco Martins are the next Visiting Professors to join Brown University in the 2023/24 academic year, and will teach a semester of courses on contemporary Portugal at Brown’s Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies.

Professors Aurora Santos and Vasco Martins were chosen by the jury to teach in the renowned Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at this institution, considered to be one of the best institutions of higher learning in the United States. The choice of these two teachers took into account the quality of curricula, the experience of teaching in English and the relevance of the programs of the subjects proposed by the candidates.

The jury was composed of António Costa Pinto, coordinating researcher at Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa, Onésimo Teotónio Almeida, full professor and researcher at Brown Universityand Cristiana Bastos, anthropologist and researcher at Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa. Elsa Henriques, FLAD administrator, chaired the jury.

Aurora Almada e Santos is a researcher at Instituto de História Contemporânea da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, where she has devoted herself to the study of the international dimension of Portuguese decolonization. She is the author of several publications, including book chapters and articles in scientific journals and participates, with presentation of papers, in national and international scientific meetings. She also performs other activities such as editing publications, organizing conferences, reviewing articles, and executing research projects.

In the Fall Semester 2023, Aurora Santos will be teaching the course International Solidarity and the Struggle for Independence of Portuguese Colonies which will be based on the role played by international solidarity in combating anti-colonial and anti-racist discourses and in attracting material and non-material resources to liberation movements.

Vasco Martins is Visiting Assistant Professor at Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto and a researcher at Centro de Estudos Sociais da Universidade de Coimbra. His research work in African studies has focused on issues of ethnicity, citizenship, and the politicization of historical memory in post-colonial and post-war contexts. He is the author of several articles on these themes published in the most visible journals in the field and author of the book Colonialism Ethnicity and War in Angola (Routledge, 2021).

In the Spring Semester 2024, Vasco Martins will teach The Politics of Citizenship in Lusophone Africa, which will focus on the study of the various social, political, and economic elements that constitute citizenship in African countries, especially Portuguese-speaking African countries.

Congratulations and good work!