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Dr Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho

 Lecturer in Brazilian Studies

Vinicius de Carvalho

King's Brazil Institute and the Department of War Studies

Tel: 020 7848 2752
Office: Bush House North East Wing, Room 5.06
Office Hours: Tuesdays 14.00 - 15.00, Wednesdays 10.30 - 11.30

List of research outputs: Pure Profile 


Born in Barra Mansa, Brazil, Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho received his PhD at Passau University, Germany, in 2006 (major in Romance Literature; minors in Latin America Culture and Fundamental Theology). He graduated from the University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil in 1997 with a BA in 'Letras' and in 2001 obtained an MA in Religious Studies at the same university. He is also educated in Music and Musicology. Within this field he has publications, and he also performs as a professional conductor.

From 2008 to 2014 he coordinated the Brazilian Studies programme at Aarhus University (AU), in Denmark. Prior to this post, he was assistant professor at Passau University, while studying for his PhD, and also taught at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil. From 2007 to 2008 Carvalho was Lieutenant in the Brazilian Army, serving in the Military Technical Corps. During military service, Dr. de Carvalho developed projects in Brazilian Military History and Military Music.

At Aarhus University he was director of the Latin American Centre, from January 2012 to 2014 and editor of the Journal 'Diálogos Latinoameircanos'. Carvalho has a broad interest within the field of Brazilian Studies. His plural academic background and personal trajectory have provided him with a wide understanding of Brazil from diverse fields, including literature, culture, history, religion, society, defence and politics. Dr Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho joined King's College London on September 2014

  • Brazilian Participation in Peacekeeping Operations
  • Epistemology of Brazilian Studies – how to define the field and meaning of Brazilian Studies today?
  • Artistic production of the Brazilian soldiers during WWII

Currently I am developing a research proposal discussing what could be considered a successful peacekeeping operation, focusing specifically on the lessons learned and taught by the southern hemisphere. Continuing the previous research on Brazil in PKO, I am studying which are (whether they exist) the criteria to consider a PKO successful. This project will study the mandates and outcomes of those missions that are already concluded, in order to try to stablish parameters that will help the planning and execution of PKO. This research project will be in collaboration with scholars in Latin America, Africa and Asia, considering especially those countries which historically have contributed with troops. In the context of the current complex and robust PKO, we will investigate whether specific Armed Forces from certain countries are more or less successful in implementing mandates and conducting PKO. The main hypothesis is that countries in which Armed Forces are historically involved in national development and civilian affairs are consistently more fitted to more robust PKO.

PhD supervision

Dr de Carvalho is happy to supervise dissertations on the following topics:

  • Brazilian Studies
  • Security and Defence in Brazil and Latin America
  • UN Peace Operations
  • Public and Cultural Diplomacy
  • Brazilian Literature and Culture
  • Arts and Conflict
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Military Strategies from Brazilian and Latin American perspective

Within the King’s Brazil Institute, Dr de Carvalho is currently the First Supervisor of the following PhD students:

Hayle Gadelha (The Exhibition of Modern Brazilian Paintings (UK, 1944/5) within Brazilian foreign policy.)

Maria Berta Ecija Salgado (Brazilian health diplomacy towards Lusophone African Countries- A case study of Brazil cooperation in Mozambique)

José Claudio Oliveira Macedo (Brazilian naval strategic thinking in the post-Cold War)

Christoffer Guldberg (Citizenship and Pacification - Disrupting and Disputing Citizenship)

Maisa Edwards (How have Brazil’s military and diplomatic relations developed within the South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone (ZOPACAS) between 1986-2016?).

He is Second Supervisor of:

Anna Grimaldi (Brazil and the Transnational Human Rights Movement 1960s-1980s).

At the Department of War Studies, Dr de Carvalho is the First Supervisor of Maria Padilla Bueno (An alternative understanding of Civil-Military relations: the cases of Colombia and Brazil).



“Military Music in the War of the Triple Alliance. Explanatory notes and Revealed manuscripts.” Editora da PUC Minas, Brazil, 2018.

As editor:

Eating Shakespeare – Cultural Anthropophagy as Global Methodology. Ed. by Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho, Anne Sophie Refskou and Marcel Alvaro de Amorim. London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare. Forthcoming April 2019.

Lusophone Klangkulturen: Musik, Stimme und Geräusch im Medienwechsel. (Lusophone sound culture: music, voice and sound in media). Ed. By Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho and Peter Schulze. Peter Lang. Forthcoming May 2019.

Literature and Ethics in contemporary Brazil. Ed. by Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho and Nicola Gaviolli. Routledge. 2017.

Sugar and Modernity in Latin America, ed. by Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho and Susanne Hojlund. Aarhus: Arhus University Press, 2013.

Contributions to books

Brazilian music at MINUSTAH – music as a diplomatic weapon. In: Eduarda Passarelli Hamann e Cel Carlos Augusto Ramires Teixeira. Brazil’s participation in MINUSTAH (2004-2017): perceptions, lessons and practices for future missions. Rio de Janeiro: Igarapé, 2017.

O olhar e os olhares de um artista brasileiro na Segunda Guerra Mundial – o “Caderno de Guerra” do pracinha Carlos Scliar. In: Schollhammer, Karl Erik. Estudos Visuais e Literatura. Rio de Janeiro: PUC-Rio. 2018.

O Brasil na Segunda Guerra sob o olhar de um pracinha. A Guerra em Surdina, de Boris Schnaiderman. In: Jaeckel, Volker; Cornelsen, Elcio. Memórias da Segunda Guerra Mundial na Literatura, Cinema e Artes. Rio de Janeiro: Jaguatirica. 2018.

Inequalities in Brazilian Literature. In: Bethencourt, Fracisco. Inequalities in the Portuguese-Speaking world. Sussex University Press, 2017.

Brasiliens litteratur (in Danish). Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, Tore Rye Andersen and Jakob Ladegaard. Verdenslitteraturer. Introduktion til litteraturen uden for Europa. Aarhus University Press, 2018.

Die Fussball-Chroniken von José Lins do Rego, Schlüsselfigur des Regionalismus und glühender Anhänger von Flamengo. In: Vejmelka, Marcel. Brasilianische Spielkunst. Untersuchungen zu Sprache und Literatur im „Land des Fußballs“und darüber hinaus. Berlin: Trafo, 2018.

Poesia Concreta e Concretismo Musical em Haroldo de Campos. In: Klengel, Susanne; Seligmann-Silva, Marcio, Wrobel, Jasmin. (orgs) Roteiros de Palavras e Imagens. Iberoamericana / Vervuert: Madrid / Frankfurt am Main, 2018

Articles in Journals

Defence Diplomacy and its potential to Brazil. Revista da Escola de Guerra Naval. Rio de Janeiro. Vol 22. No. 3. 2016. pp. 503-516.

Brazilian Studies and Brazilianists: Conceptual Remarks. In: Brasiliana – Journal for Brazilian Studies. Vol. 5 no1. Nov 2016.

Opinião, 50 years after…; in Iberoamericana. Vol 16, no 62. 2016. Berlin.

Escrevendo-se na cidade: Exú e o “Guia Afetivo da Periferia”, de Marcos Vinicius Faustini. Estudos de Literatura Brasileira Contemporânea 45. Mar 2015.

Auto do Frade by João Cabral de Melo Neto: a trope of the passion. Portuguese Studies (Modern Humanities Research Association), Vol 30, no 2. London. 2014. Pp 174-188.

Professional activities

Dr Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho is:

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Honorary Associate Professor for Brazilian Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark

Visiting Professor at the School of Communication and Arts at University of São Paulo (ECA-USP), Brazil 2018\19

Chief-Editor of Brasiliana – Journal for Brazilian Studies

Editor of the Anthem Brazilian Studies Series -

Member of the Executive Committee of ABRE – Associação dos Brasilianistas na Europa -

As a musician, Dr de Carvalho currently conducts the King's Brazil Ensemble, a chamber orchestra at King's.

He is Officer of the Rio Branco Order (Brazilian government) and was awarded with Medalha do Pacificador and Medalha Mal. Tromposwsky (both from the Brazilian Army) and the Medal 'Friend of the Navy (Brazilian Navy).


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