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This project focuses on the digitally mediated processes through which non-resident citizens engage in Brazil’s upcoming presidential race. It asks: How do digital networks, platforms, and repertoires shape the Brazilian diaspora’s engagement with the 2022 elections? By zooming into the digital practices and technologies through which citizens abroad mobilize around electoral politics during the most heated half of a domestic “election year”, or ano eleitoral, this project seeks to deepen our understandings of contemporary experiences of diasporic citizenship. This project’s contribution stems from the intersection of two interdisciplinary debates: the scholarship focused on the lived experiences of transnational citizenship, and the literature dedicated to the governance of emigrants by sending states.

The Team

Kees Koonings is Professor of Brazilian Studies at the Centre for Latin American Studies and Documentation of the University of Amsterdam (endowed chair), and Professor of Anthropology of Development and Conflict at Utrecht University. His research on Brazil has included work on regional economic and social development, urban politics and participatory governance, the military and democratic transition, and – currently – urban violence and insecurity.

Imke Harbers is Associate Professor at the department of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam. Focused on subnational political institutions, state capacity, citizenship and democracy, her research is located at the intersection of comparative politics and international relations.

Carolina Frossard is a post-doctoral researcher at Radboud University Nijmegen, and lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Rooted in the interdisciplinary field of urban studies, her research has focused on everyday experiences of citizenship and socio-spatial inequality in contemporary Brazil.