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Dr Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho


Vinicius de Carvalho

Lecturer in Brazilian Studies at the 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 

Research Interests

Brazil in peace keeping operations; internal stabilization policies; literature and violence in Brazil; Brazilian music; Brazilian religions; the epistemology of Brazilian Studies.

Further information on Dr Carvalho's research

Carvalho’s research interests currently focus on the  following three interrelated areas, which will also form the primary concerns in forthcoming projects:

  • He is investigating the ways in which violence and brutality are becoming standard elements within representations of urban Brazil; especially in contemporary literature, music and cinema. He discusses whether these representations of the brutal, associated especially with the favelas , are indeed a way of giving voice to socially marginalized groups or whether they merely represent a new aesthetics of brutality. He is therefore very much engaged in discussing the ethics behind these new urban aesthetics.
  • The study of current cultural and artistic representations of violence in Brazil relates to his interest in questions of public policies. He is particularly interested in questions of public security, and in analysing official discourses on public security in Brazilian urban areas in comparison to literary and artistic discourses. His own military background has informed his approach to this field, and he investigates the similar and mutually informed uses of war terminology within both discourses, which have had strong consequences in the development of public policies in the area of urban security, as seen in the ‘Operação Arcanjo’ in Rio de Janeiro, 2010. His main focus at present is on the ways in which operations - such this - represent a new development in the use of the Brazilian Army as an internal stabilization force, and the ways in which the procedures used are similar to those of UN peacekeeping operations. By extension, he is interested in the increasing participation of the Brazilian Army in UN peacekeeping operations, such in MINUSTAH and UNIFIL.
  • The epistemology of Brazilian Studies – how to define the field and meaning of Brazilian Studies today? The third area contributes to the epistemological discussion within and about the academic field of Brazilian Studies. In the context of the growing global interest in Brazil, he argues that several of the ways in which Brazil and Brazilian culture are discussed within the humanities and social sciences are sometimes epistemologically unclear and at times problematic.

Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho received his Ph.D. degree at Passau University, Germany, in 2006 (major in Romance Literature; minors in Latin America Culture and Fundamental Theology). His dissertation was about the relationship between literature and religion in the work of the Brazilian modernist poet Mario Quintana. 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 Carvalho 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 Ph.D. , 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, Carvalho also developed projects in Brazilian Military History and Military Music. At AU , he redefined the BA and MA programmes, updating and expanding these, under a new concept of Brazilian Studies. At AU he taught Brazilian Literature, Culture, History, and developed several extra-curricular activities. He was also engaged in interdisciplinary teaching activities in areas such as Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, Comparative Literature and Latin American Studies. Furthermore, he was director of the Latin American Centre at AU, from January 2012 to 2014.

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 , such as Literature, Culture, History, Religion, Society, Defence, and Politics.

He is the Chief Editor of Brasiliana - Journal for Brazilian Studies, a new peer-reviewed academic journal, which has received a wide international interest and is rapidly establishing itself as an important academic platform within the field. The journal is interdisciplinary in scope, addressing diverse subjects within Brazilian Studies.

Carvalho joined the King's Brazil Institute in September 2014.




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