Andrew Britt receives ACLS Project Development Grant

Andrew Britt, assistant professor of history and digital humanities in the UNCSA Division of Liberal Arts, has been awarded a 2022 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Project Development Grant for his project “The Paradoxes of Ethnoracial Space in São Paulo, 1930s-1980s.”

The project maps the interwoven histories of three of São Paulo’s most iconic neighborhoods: “Japanese” Liberdade, “Italian” Bixiga and “African” Brasilândia.

From the project abstract: “Such ethnoracialized spaces do not accrue naturally through palimpsestic urban change; nor do they simply reflect immigrant settlement patterns in former slave societies. Instead, they are planned spaces whose construction serves, paradoxically, to reproduce racialized inequities and bolster discourses of multicultural harmony. Interrogating the paradoxes of ethnoracial space in Brazil’s most populous, ethnically-diverse and unequal city, this project elucidates how popular ideologies of multiculturalism endure despite superlative levels of racialized inequity and violence in urban contexts in Brazil and beyond.”

This ACLS funding initiative, now in its fifth year, offers grants in aid to faculty at teaching-intensive colleges and universities whose research projects are poised to make important advancements in the humanities and the interpretive social sciences.

“Project Development Grants recognize the vital contributions to scholarship by faculty across the country with limited opportunities to take time away from the classroom for research and writing,” said ACLS President Joy Connolly. “We are proud to support these exceptional scholars as they pursue innovative research projects.”

Britt has been recognized as one of 15 awardees, who will each receive $5,000 which may be applied to any costs that will support their project, including travel; research assistance; course buyout or summer salary; and other research- or project-related expenses. Project Development Grants are competitive and awarded as a component of the ACLS Fellowship program.

Contact: Martine Kei Green-Rogers

May 16, 2022

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