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ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Graduate Program in Social Anthropology (GPSA) – MD and PhD Programs

Presentation

The Graduate Program in Social Sciences (Social Anthropology) held by the Anthropology Department of the Faculty of Philosophy, Languages and Human Sciences of the University of Sao Paulo (FFLCH-USP) is one of the oldest and most reputable programs in this field of study in Brazil. In the tradition stemming from the creation of the Social Sciences courses at FFLCH and as a development of the area specialization in Social Anthropology, the Program was established in 1972 and offers Master’s and Doctoral degrees. The GPSA has since become a distinguished center, training professionals for research and teaching positions in Brazilian and international institutions. Having a multidisciplinary vocation, the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology encourages research in different interest areas and through diverse methodological and theoretical frameworks: Anthropology of Politics and Law; Anthropology of Expressive Forms; African and Afro-Brazilian Populations; Anthropology and History; Amerindian Studies; Urban Anthropology; Social Markers of Difference; Popular Religiosity and Religious Institutions – a diversity which reflects the wide expertise of the Department's faculty. The many research groups and laboratories, responsible for the development of collective research projects supported by national and international agencies, are also witness to the diversity of faculty and students activities within the Program.

The vibrancy of the Program's production is conveyed in its academic publications: the journal Revista de Antropologia, published continuously since 1953, nationally and internationally well-established and renowned as a highquality periodical in the field; the Cadernos de Campo journal, distinguished among national graduate studies publications, created and edited by the Program's students since 1991; the on-line journal Ponto Urbe, edited by the 2 Urban Anthropology Laboratory, a ground-breaking experience initiated in 2007; and the recent partnership with CAPES and Terceiro Nome Editors in the edition of the book collection Série Antropologia, dedicated to publishing the works of the Program's professors and researchers, as well as to disseminating in Brazil international reference works in the field of anthropological theory. Also remarkable, the production of ethnographic videos and films by the Image and Sound Anthropology Lab (LISA) since 1991 has become a reference for research and professional training in the fields of Visual Anthropology and Ethnomusicology.

The faculty and students of the Social Anthropology program also have access to complete research facilities, such as the Florestan Fernandes Library (http://biblioteca.fflch.usp.br/), the LISA, and the Amerindian Studies Center (CestA) archives. Moreover, the program offers excellent conditions for securing graduate fellowships as well as fieldwork and conference grants.