Spotlight on Brazil Series - Brazil under US influence: 1964-2021

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Dr. Xavier Vatin is an ethnomusicologist and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia (UFRB), Brazil. He has a B.A. in Musicology at Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at EHESS, Paris. His research is focused on Afro-Brazilian religions, ethnomusicology, visual anthropology, and Afro-Atlantic cultures and languages. He is author and co-author of several books, book chapters, journal articles, CDs and documentary films in Brazil, France, the United States, Switzerland, and Germany. Dr. Vatin served as a visiting professor at Indiana University Bloomington (2012), Université Lumière Lyon 2 (2013), and Université Côte d’Azur (2018). In 2017, his “Afro-Atlantic Legacies” project, dedicated to the repatriation of African American linguist Lorenzo Turner’s 1940 Bahia recordings was awarded the IV Prêmio Afro (Prêmio Nacional de Expressões Culturais Afro-Brasileiras) in Rio de Janeiro. In 2019, Afro-Atlantic Legacies became a documentary film and Dr. Vatin’s ongoing research was awarded an Institute for Advanced Study’s Summer Repository Research Fellowship at Indiana University. In 2021, the second volume of this project, funded by Rumos Itaú Cultural, was released, including a book, a 4-CD set, and a second documentary film.

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