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This one-day interdisciplinary workshop is part of the events hosted by the Cambridge University Brazilian Society (CUBS) to mark the year of the Bicentenary of Brazil’s Independence (07 September 1822). It seeks to provide a collaborative space for postgraduates to publicise their research, engage in interdisciplinary conversations and build networks between academic communities. Under the overarching themes of autonomy and democracy, researchers are invited to present papers reflecting on marginalised groups’ continuous struggle for emancipation in contemporary Brazilian society 200 years after the country’s independence.

The event will take place on November 15th at Newnham College, University of Cambridge and will be livestreamed on Youtube to facilitate and encourage the participation of researchers working in Brazil and other countries. Two in-person keynotes will open and close the event, as well as lead the discussion panel throughout the day.

Papers will be selected in a peer-review process conducted by the CUBS Committee, who will also provide assistance during the workshop. We are keen to inviting researchers working with similar themes outside of the Brazilian context and those providing theoretical contributions, as to promote transnational dialogue.

This event is sponsored by the Simon Bolivar Fund (Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge).


15th November 2022
Time (UK)Agenda
1:30 – 2 pmOpening session with Prof. Dawisson Belém Lopes (UFMG – University of Oxford)
2 – 3: 30 pmPanel discussion (block 1)
3:30 – 4 pmCoffee break
4:30 – 6 pmPanel discussion (block 2)
6 – 6:30 pmClosing session with Dr. Mara Nogueira (Birkbeck, University of London)

Call for papers and guidelines

  • Presentations will be held in English.
  • The conference will be in person at the University of Cambridge and broadcasted via the CUBS Youtube channel. The workshop team will collect questions from the online audience throughout the event.
  • Those who wish to participate must fill the form available here and provide a 300 words max. abstract for a 10-15 min paper. Submissions are open untill all the spots are filled.
  • We encourage the submission of papers relevant to conversations around the general themes of democracy, autonomy and emancipation, even if not directly related to the Brazilian context.
  • Acceptances will be emailed to the participants.
  • The event is free.
  • Any conference queries should be addressed to

The X Oxbridge Conference on Brazilian Studies will take place online on two separate dates, the 4th and the 11th of November 2022. The theme for this year’s edition is “Modernity and Coloniality in the Brazilian Thought“, focusing on the experience of the unfulfilled promises of modernity in the so-called World periphery. Oxbridge is a multidisciplinary conference organised by the Cambridge University Brazilian Society (CUBS) and the Oxford University Brazilian Society (OUBS) since 2011. It aims to promote the circulation of ideas and practices between academia and civil society in Brazil and in the United Kingdom. 

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The conference at a glance

🗨 Register for free to attend the Conference.

🗨 Paper submissons will be open until 10th September 2022. Those who wish to present a paper must fill the form available here.
🗨 The X Oxbridge Conference will be free of charge and attendance certificates will be provided.
🗨 This edition will include two days of online thematic conference on 04/11 (Humanities at Cambridge) and 11/11 (STEM at Oxford). 
🗨 Presentations will be held in Portuguese and English.
🗨 The conference will be broadcast via Zoom Webinar and Youtube channel. Online audience participation will be through Q & A mediated by the conference team. 
🗨 The programme of activities and speakers will be announced soon.

Modernity and coloniality in the Brazilian thought

In the Year of the bicentenary of Brazil’s independence and the centenary of Brazilian Modern Art Week, the Oxbridge conference proposes the debate “modernity and coloniality in the Brazilian thought,” focusing on the experience of the unfulfilled promises of modernity in the so-called World periphery. Departing from the independence of Brazil to the present day, we propose the debate on the endogenous and exogenous ideas of Brazil that forged the development models in the country. How to explain the challenges of contemporary Brazil and its permanent inequalities being a central part of Latin America? This year, Oxbridge invites us to imagine other realities, possibilities, and alternative futures in Brazil’s social, economic, technoscientific, and cultural spheres, seeking to escape from a subordinate logic by proposing and engaging with new looks at what constitutes the concept of Modern. 

The time could not be more propitious for this task. Worldwide, Brazilian academics advance in their research despite the lack of resources. From vaccines to social sciences, from the environment to the economy, we open space for the presentation of researches and experience exchanges on topics relevant to the country. This year the event will feature two thematic panels: Society, Politics and Culture; and Health and Environment [Keynotes to be announced in due course].

Oxbridge 2022 encourages the submission of essays related to Brazil, with relevant and current topics, preferably addressing, albeit tangentially, the theme of the conference.

Paper submission

About the organising committee:

– The Cambridge University Brazilian Society is a society organized by Brazilian students at the University of Cambridge that aims to bring some of our Brazilian culture to the University and Cambridge; socialising through events that promote culture and debates; to develop partnerships to collaborate with Brazilian and British institutions, and to welcome newcomers and be a source of information to all Brazilian students about life in the UK and the university. Follow us on FacebookInstagram and LinkedIn

–  The Oxford University Brazilian Society proposes to be a central hub for Brazilians at Oxford and for Brazilian-related events happening at the University. Our goals are: to support Brazilians at the University of Oxford; to publicise research developed by Brazilian students and research on Brazilian issues developed in the University; to publicise the University of Oxford in Brazil and attract new students; to publicise Brazilian issues as potential objects of study and investigation in the University of Oxford; to foster cooperation and engagement between research groups in Brazil and research groups at the University of Oxford. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram


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The “II Freire Conference: Building the bridge between popular education and university“, organised by the Cambridge Latin American Research in Education Collective (CLAREC) and Universidade Emancipa with the support of the Cambridge University Brazilian Society (CUBS) will take place between the 17th and 21st of October 2022. It is an international, multicultural, and interdisciplinary initiative organised by a collective of people based in multiple academic institutions and social movements. 

The main objective is to promote a pluricultural, democratic and popular space where the international attendants (students, teachers, speakers, popular educators, activists, and researchers) can meet, dialogue, and share knowledge based on Paulo Freire’s thoughts. 

These are some of the basic things you need to know

On Wednesday, 19th of October, the Building Community Event Day will take place in the MAB Auditorium at Homerton College, an initiative that is part of the II Freire Conference: Building the bridge between popular education and university program organised by the Cambridge Latin American Research in Education Collective (CLAREC), the Universidade Emancipa and a collective of people based in multiple academic institutions and social movements. This is intended to be a symbolic day of occupation for local activists, community leaders, artists and members of social movements at the University of Cambridge, where cultural activities and collaborative dialogue spaces will be held. We invite you to be part of the creation and participation in this cultural-dialogic space. 

Inspired by a vibrant Latin American cultural tradition known in Brazilian Portuguese as “sarau”, we will close this day of activities with a collaborative cultural and artistic space in which anyone can participate. Sarau is a gathering with the aim of sharing cultural experiences, expressing the Self through the arts and socialising. The sarau is a space for artists and non-artists to promote an environment that encourages and invites to diverse aesthetic and cultural expressions, such as dance, music, performance, poetry, among others. Let your imagination and creative self guide you!

The sarau will take place on 19 October from 17:30 to 20:00 and will be mediated by Nadia Saito and Heidy M. Perez-Cordero. This initiative is organised by the Cambridge University Brazilian Society (CUBS).

If you are interested in attending or performing at the sarau, please fill in this form with your details and describe shortly your performance. Note that the venue only offers a sound system with microphone, if intending to play any instruments we kindly ask you to bring your own amplifier, instrument and any other necessary equipment.

Watch the Cambrígia: Navigating UK Academia as an International Scholar“. In this event, Dr. Haira Gandolfi (University of Cambridge) and Dr. Mara Nogueira (Birkbeck, University of London) shared their experiences in the UK academia with a particular focus on the opportunities and hurdles faced by international academics.

Cambrígia: Navigating UK Academia as an International Scholar

When: 26th May, 17:30 (UK)/ 13:30 (BR) – Online & in-pers§on at the GS4/GS5 Faculty of Education, 184 Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 8PQ

To attend the event (in-person or online) please register on Eventbrite

In this hybrid event, Haira Gandolfi (University of Cambridge) and Mara Nogueira (Birkbeck, University of London) will share their experiences in the UK academia with a particular focus on the opportunities and hurdles faced by international academics. Our speakers will give a brief presentation about their academic journey, followed by an 1-hour Q&A.

The discussion will be facilitated by members of the Cambridge University Brazilian Society (CUBS) and will be livestreamed on Zoom, giving audiences online the opportunity to fully engage in the conversation.

After the event, we will be moving to the Latin bar, The Emperor for some informal networking. The first drink is on us! 😉

Open to all nationalities and career stages!


Haira Gandolfi  joined the Faculty of Education in 2020, having previously worked as a Research Fellow at the UCL Institute of Education/UK, from where she also obtained her PhD in Education in 2019. She teaches on various programmes across the faculty around Decoloniality, Curriculum and Pedagogy; Science Education and Science & Technology Studies; Teachers’ Development and Professionalism; and qualitative school-based research methodologies. Prior to her time in the UK, Haira worked as a Science and Chemistry teacher for 8 years in secondary schools and in post-secondary/technical colleges in Brazil. She also holds a BSc in Chemistry, a BSc in Chemistry Teaching and a MA in Science Education, all from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP)/Brazil.

Mara Nogueira is a Lecturer in Urban Geography and Director of the MA/MSc Cities Programme. She obtained her PhD in Human Geography and Urban Studies from the London School of Economics. Mara works on the cross-class politics of urban space production, with an emphasis on the (re)production of socio-spatial inequality in urban Brazil. Her work focuses on the encounters between the urban poor, the middle-classes and the state, exploring how those encounters shape urban space, policy making and social class. She joined Birkbeck in 2020, having held a fellowship previously at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Mara also holds a BSc and a MSc in Economics, both from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Watch the panel and discussion of the thought-provoking event “The role of education in the fake news era” held at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, which culminated in the surprise presentation of the newly created “Sabiá Award” to Márcia Tiburi by members of the Cambridge University Brazilian Society.⁠ “The Week of Fake News is a one-off large cross-sector initiative encompassing cinema, music, academic debate and fine arts. Its objective is to investigate how fake news and media bias have impacted the democratic institutions and the election process in Brazil, drawing pertinent parallels to the UK and the rest of the world. 

The Cambridge University Brazilian Society (CUBS) and the Cambridge Latin American Research in Education Collective (CLAREC) and DMovies are delighted to be hosting at the Faculty of Education (University of Cambridge) three events of this insightful week. The events will take place in-person and free of charge on 24th May 2022: 

16h UK – Documentary Screening: “The Coup d’Etat Factory”

18H UK – Catering & Book Signing with Jean Wyllys and Márcia Tiburi

19H UK – Seminar and Q&A “The Role of Education in the Fake News Era” (in-person & online) – with simultaneous translation into Portuguese and live broadcast via Zoom Webinar. Attendance certificates will be provided.

Note: Limited availability. To attend any of the events (in-person or online), please register on Eventbrite. Zoom link will be sent to those registered on Eventbrite.

The seminar “The Role of Education in the Fake News Era” will promote debate on the phenomenon of fake news, which has become a global threat to democracy. We seek to understand what role does (or can) education play in times marked by the advance of misinformation and a social and political context with the rise of populist movements, global polarisation and technological advances increasing the potential for rapid dissemination of fake news. The seminar will be chaired by Dr Haira Gandolfi (Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge), with guest speakers Professor Susan Robertson (Head of the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge), Márcia Tiburi (Philosopher and Lecturer, University Paris 8), Jean Wyllys (Journalist and scholar, University of Barcelona and Harvard) and Victor Fraga (journalist and filmmaker). By promoting the premiere of the documentary “The Coup d’État Factory” before the seminar, we hope to enrich the debate with the presentation and contextualisation of a relevant case. 

Agenda 24 May 2022

16h: The Coup d’État Factory (A Fantástica Fábrica de Golpes)

Intro by Victor Fraga, Writer and Filmmaker

An Anglo-Brazilian documentary about media bias, “fake news”, and democracy. Brazil has a long tradition of coup d’états. These coups would not have been viable without the support of the big media, particularly TV Globo. Two Brazilian journalists in the UK reveal the manipulative tactics of these organisations. 

When: Tuesday 24 May 2022 – 16h – 18h 

Where: Auditorium, Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, University of Cambridge

18h: Book Signing and Refreshments

With Jean Wyllys and Márcia Tiburi

Meet Jean Wyllys and Márcia Tiburi as they sign copies of their books. Márcia will sign copies of her new book: Psycho-Cultural Underpinnings of Everyday Fascism: Dialogue as Resistance.

When: Tuesday 24 May 2022 – 18h – 19h

Where: Rooms GS4/GS5, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

19h: Seminar “The Role of Education in the Fake News Era”

With Dr Haira Gandolfi, Professor Susan Robertson, Marcia Tiburi, Jean Wyllys, Victor Fraga.

Guest speakers will talk about the role of education in times of “fake news” and hate speech since the presidential elections in Brazil in 2018 that led them to self-exile in Europe.

When: Tuesday 24 May 2022 19h – 21h 

Where: Rooms GS4/GS5, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

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Guest Speakers

Márcia Tiburi is a philosopher, plastic artist and writer. She is currently living under exile in Paris, and works as a professor at the University Paris 8. She has written extensively about the rise of fascism and fake news in Brazil. She authored the book The Psycho-Cultural Underpinnings of Everyday Fascism, published in 2021.

Jean Wyllys is a scholar in Political Science at the University of Barcelona, where he researches the contagion by fake news and the rise of authoritarian governments. Award-winning journalist, he writes about civil rights and liberties. He served two consecutive terms as federal deputy in Brazil.

Susan Robertson is the head of the Faculty of Education at University of Cambridge and went on to hold academic posts at the University of Auckland, University of Bristol. She sits on the ESRC’s funding council and is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Globalisation, Societies and Education.

Haira Gandolfi is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Education – University of Cambridge. Her teaching and research interests are Science Education, Decolonial Curricula and Pedagogies, Science & Technology Studies, and Teachers’ Work and Professional Development.

Victor Fraga is an Anglo-Brazilian journalist and filmmaker. He is the founder and director of the DMovies, the portal for thought-provoking cinema. He co-directed the documentary The Coup d’Etat Factory, about the role of media manipulation and fake news in the collapse of Brazilian democracy and rise of Neo-fascism.


Our third sarau is around the corner and this time we’re celebrating the Brazilian notion of Saudade. 

Save the Date: 28th April, 7pm at Hughes Hall – Cambridge CB1 2EW.

Register HERE!

Saudade is a nostalgic longing to be near again to something (or someone) that is distant. It’s sometimes described as “the love that remains”. While the feeling of saudade can be melancholic, it can also be happy, it can be a celebration of the things we miss, a way to be closer to home, no matter how far away. 

Cubs invites our Cambridge community to join us in celebrating our different roots and sharing what home means to each of us. 

Sarau is a cultural and musical event where people gather to socialise, share cultural experiences and express themselves artistically. Dancing, listening to music, reciting poetry, chatting, reading books, singing, playing instruments… Everything is allowed and every form of expression is welcomed!

Free entrance; pay for what you drink at the bar.

Artistic performances in music and poetry with very special guests to be announced.

Special exhibition: “TIPOS”

CUBS is pleased to host at the next “Sarau da CUBS” the special exhibition “TIPOS“, by Brazilian photographer Fernando Banzi.

In Tipos (Types), Fernando Banzi re-signifies the work of Alberto Henschel (1827-1882), a German-Brazilian photographer who documented all social extracts of 19th century Brazil. His “carte-de-visite” portraits were taken from the nobility, wealthy merchants, middle class, and black people enslaved and liberated during the period before the Golden Law (Lei Áurea).

Fernando Banzi’s work focuses on reinterpreting Henschel’s images of people of African descent and/or origin, dating from the late 1860s, made in Recife and Salvador. Tipos reworks the past through the pigmentation of portraits, giving back to these individuals the right to their subjectivity. The selection of images that compose this work presents black individuals with diverse characteristics already in the colonial period. His imaginative use of colour invites the viewer to question commonplace narratives about black men and women who were historically and structurally victims of unprecedented violence.

Fernando Banzi is a journalist, post-graduated in photography, member of Goma Oficina Plataforma Colaborativa and photography teacher at Senac São Miguel Paulista/ SP.

Other artistic performances in music and poetry with very special guests to be announced.

*Please report to the porter’s lodge upon arrival*

IX Oxbridge Conference on Brazilian Studies

The IX Oxbridge Conference on Brazilian Studies will take place online on October 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th and 29th, 2021.

The Oxbridge Conference on Brazilian Studies had its successful debut in 2012, and has been organised every year by the Cambridge University and Oxford University Brazilian Societies (CUBS and OUBS) since then. 

It is a multi-disciplinary event that brings together scholars from natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and arts to discuss topics concerning Brazil. It is organised by both Cambridge University and Oxford University Brazilian Societies and counts with an increasing number of researchers from the UK and beyond.

This year the event will discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in five thematic panels: (i) Health & Science, (ii) Society and Economy, (iii) Politics and Policies, (iv) Environment, and (v) Education.

The event and submissions will be online and free of charge.  We encourage the submission of abstracts related to current affairs relevant to Brazil (preference will be given to COVID-19 pandemic-related research due to the thematic of the conference). Go to Eventbrite and register to attend the Conference.

Abstract submissions are now closed.

Paulo Freire 100th Anniversary: Celebrating his legacy in Education

This year marks the centenary of the birth of one of the greatest thinkers in education: Paulo Freire. The Cambridge Latin American Research in Education Collective (CLAREC) in partnership with the Faculty of Education community will promote several academic and cultural activities to foster discussions around Freire’s work. Events will take place between the 1st and 12th November, 2021. They will be online and free of charge.

Do you want to attend? Go to Eventbrite and register to attend one or more events. Submissions for the Student Conference are now closed, but you are welcome to attend the presentations and participate in the discussions.

This year marks the centenary of the birth of one of the greatest thinkers in education: Paulo Freire. Paulo Freire’s work has globally influenced people working in education, community development, community health and many other fields. In particular, his best-known book Pedagogy of the Oppressed is considered to be one of the foundational texts of critical pedagogy, advocating a pedagogy with a new relationship between teacher, student, and society. Freire developed an approach to education that links the identification of issues with positive actions for change and development.

In partnership with other interested study groups, the Cambridge Latin American Research in Education Collective (CLAREC)  aims to promote collective discussions about education as a means of social transformation based on the thoughts and works of Paulo Freire. Freire’s work has contributed to reflection in the social sciences, and also to the debates involving economics, politics, culture and critical social issues such as gender, race and environmental justice. This includes debates upon the role of education such as how issues such as power, politics, coloniality, justice and social action are related to education as a means of social transformation. We hope to organize activities that promote a democratic and vibrant space where different views and audiences within the Faculty of Education/University of Cambridge and beyond can reflect and debate.  In this series of activities, perspectives in support or questioning his arguments are welcome so we can explore together the legacies of his work. 

The audience for this program is the Faculty of Education, the University of Cambridge communities and external academic groups. The aim is that these events will be also disseminated and open to the wider public. Therefore, the events will be planned in-person (if possible), with additional virtual broadcasting so that they can be watched by an external audience. 

The events will take place between the 1st and 12th November, 2021. 

This celebration involves a set of varied events to celebrate Paulo Freire’s centenary such as seminars, talks, reading groups, conferences, workshops, roundtables. The events are planned to be in-person (if possible), with additional virtual broadcasting so that they can be watched by an external audience.

Inspired by Paulo Freire’s arguments, these initiatives will contribute to the development of deeper critical thinking among students and academics at the Faculty of Education and beyond, as well as galvanise people into some concrete actions to positively transform contexts of oppression. Written and visual materials with reflections emerging from these activities will also be produced and displayed around the Faculty of Education and/or published online (e.g. faculty’s, CLAREC’s, and other collaborating groups’ webpages). Moreover, some abstracts presented at the Student Conference will be published in a digital format to be made freely available. 

Access the full list of events at

Curso “100 Anos de Paulo Freire: esperançar em tempos de barbárie

CUBS está orgulhosamente apoiando o curso online gratuito “100 anos de Paulo Freire: esperançar em tempos de barbárie”, uma realização da Universidade Emancipa (Centro Nacional de Formação em Educação Popular da Rede Emancipa – @universidadeemancipa) e Universidade Federal do ABC – @ufabc. O curso marca o centenário de nascimento de Paulo Freire e envolve oito encontros, com uma proposta dialógica de formação livre. Serão abordados a trajetória de Paulo Freire em perspectiva histórica, suas experiências pedagógicas no Brasil, a perseguição sofrida durante a ditadura militar, seu exílio em diferentes países, seu pensamento e conexões com o antirracismo, o feminismo e o marxismo; e também seu legado para a educação brasileira atualmente. Os encontros acontecerão entre 05/ago e 23/set. A participação dará direito a certificado de extensão. Maiores informações e o formulário de inscrição podem ser acessadas em

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CUBS is proudly supporting the free online course “100 years of Paulo Freire: hope in times of barbarism“, organized by the Universidade Emancipa (the National Center for Training in Popular Education of the Emancipa Network in Brazil – @universidadeemancipa) and the Federal University of ABC @ufabc. The course celebrates the centenary of Paulo Freire’s birth and involves eight meetings with a dialogic approach. Paulo Freire’s legacy will be discussed in a historical perspective – his pedagogical experiences in Brazil, his persecution by the military dictatorship, his exile in different countries, his thoughts and connections with anti-racism, feminism and Marxism; and also his legacy for Brazilian education nowadays. The meetings will take place between 05/Aug and 23/Sep. The course is online, free, in Portuguese and will provide certificates. More information and registration form can be accessed at

Stay tuned for the CUBS news coming soon: CUBS Walk, CUBS Dialogue and the IX Oxbridge Conference on Brazilian Studies. Find out what’s going on in our social media FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.

Festa Junina CUBS 2021. Saturday 10 July, 15h UK

Some of the things we miss most of Brazil are the great parties and traditions, full of great joy, food, music and dance. That is why we are very excited to invite you to the Festa Junina CUBS 2021! Our celebration of this festive date will be on SATURDAY, JULY 10th – 3pm, at JESUS GREEN, in a potluck style: each one (or group) bringing some food and drink for everybody to share and enjoy! To join us, just sign your name in the spreadsheet and meet us there! 

You can also let us know what you plan on taking, so that we know what delicious treats we can expect. If you would like to use a grill, let us know either in the spreadsheet or by email (, so that the organization can plan ahead and provide the right amount of instant barbecue grills. Please remember to bring your own reusable cups and any specific tableware/cutlery that goes with your dish (small plates, napkins, etc). Bring your joy and treats and join us in our Festa Junina!

About Festas Juninas 🔥🌽

Festas Juninas (Johannine Festivals) are the annual Brazilian celebration of rural life, with its typical clothing, food, and dance (particularly “quadrilha”). It coincides with the end of the rainy seasons of most states in the northeast (and Midsummer in Europe). Also known as “festas de São João” (Saint John the Baptist festivities, on June 24), these festivities were introduced by the Portuguese and are celebrated during the month of June nationwide, with bonfires, games, and delicious food to ward off the cold. It is also a month to honour rain, the harvest season and marital union.

Foto: Divulgação/Ministério do Turismo

As June is the month when corn crops are harvested, the majority of sweet and savoury snacks and cakes are made of corn. A few popular examples include pamonha, canjica, corn on the cob and corn cakes. In addition, rice pudding, the Brazilian version of mulled wine, sweet potatoes and much more are also included on the Festa Junina menu.

Cambridge Protest Against Bolsonaro. Saturday 01 July, 11h UK

[English below]

Não bastasse o descaso com a pandemia por parte do governo, que fez o Brazil atingir a terrível marca de 500,000 mortos, agora vem à tona que membros do governo Bolsonaro utilizaram a compra de vacinas como forma de desviar verbas para enriquecimento pessoal, ao que tudo indica com conhecimento do Presidente da República. É o ápice do absurdo, utilizando-se de recursos que salvariam vidas para benefício próprio. Se você também está profundamente indignado com estes e outros acontecimentos recentes, junte-se à nós para pedir o #FORABOLSONARO este Sábado, em Cambridge ou em Oxford. #3J#BolsonaroGenocida. Arte: @forabolsonaronacional

As if the neglect of the pandemic by the government (which made Brazil reach the horrifying mark of 500,000 deaths) was not enough, now it comes to light that members of the Bolsonaro government used the vaccine orders as a form of embezzling money for personal gain, with strong indications that the President knew about it. It’s the pinnacle of absurdity, the utilization of resources that would save lives for private benefit. If you are also deeply outraged by these and other recent events, join us to demand #FORABOLSONARO(Bolsonaro Out), this Saturday, in Cambridge or in Oxford.

Education , Student Movements and Social Transformation. Tuesday 1 June, 16h UK

Brazil Forum UK 2021 is coming, and we are preparing the pre-event: “Education, Student Movements and Social Transformation” – Tuesday 1 June, 16h UK (12h Brazil). Online, available in Portuguese and English, with a certificate for those registered in Eventbrite.

The debate promoted by Brazil Forum UKCambridge University Brazilian SocietyKCL Brazilian SocietyLSE Brazilian Society and Oxford University Brazilian Society will address student movements and the possibilities for action in the current Brazilian context. Inspired by this year’s conference motto – “The future starts in the present”; and by the legacy of Brazilian student movements, the event will discuss what mobilization is necessary and possible for changes to happen. 

As academics who have the privilege of studying abroad at such a complicated time in Brazil, it is our responsibility to draw attention and promote the debate on the current situation of higher education in the country: investments in research and education have been increasingly reduced and public universities of great social relevance are in crisis threatened to close their doors due to lack of resources. We understand that Brazil Forum UK is an important space to echo the struggle of student movements and that we need to be together fighting for public and democratic education”, says the committee formed by Brazilian academic students in the United Kingdom.

The event promotes a meeting of generations involved in student movements in Brazil:

– Clara Araújo, Professor at the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), was the first female president of the National Student Union, elected in 1982. She holds a master’s degree and a PhD from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and is an expert on gender issues developing research on women’s participation in politics. In collaboration with Maria Celi Scalon, she published the book “Gender, Family and Work in Brazil”. She won the Bertha Lutz Prize in 2015, an award granted by the Senate of the Brazilian Federal Government.

– Flávia Cale is the President of the National Association of Graduate Students (ANPG). She is a master’s student at the University of São Paulo (USP) and has a degree in History from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

– Rutian Pataxó is the General Secretary of the United Movement of Indigenous Peoples and Organizations in Bahia (MUPOIBA), Vice-president of the National Association for Indigenous Action (ANAI), Vice-president of the Academic Center of Law (CARB / UFBA) , and co-founder of the Students Center Indigenous People from Bahia. Rutian holds a degree in Economics with a specialization in Human Rights from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), and, currently, she is an undergraduate law student at UFBA. 

 Iago Montalvão is the President of the National Union of Students (UNE) in Brazil and an economics student at the University of São Paulo (FEA-USP). He is an activist in the Brazilian student movement.

About Brazil Forum UK: Brazil Forum UK is an annual event that intends to create a bridge between Brazil and the UK. These are conversations about the main topics being discussed throughout the year, whether on politics, economics, health, culture and many other fields. Since the beginning, the idea has been to open space for different points of view on the same theme. And this time, it won’t be different! One more edition made by Brazilians who do their masters, PhDs and post-docs in UK universities. ​Now, with a singular objective: to amplify the voices that have long been heard in their own communities. That’s why this year we will bring in native peoples, black people, women, LGBTQIA+, and all the identities we believe are necessary to build the future. Because as we say: The future begins in the present. From politics immersed in polarization to discussions about fake news, and the development of vaccines in the midst of a global pandemic – which makes us meet virtually. These are some of the clippings and pillars that will be covered in June, in the 2021’s edition. It is time for dialogue to be present! It is time for us to resignify some codes and, above all, to be griots – those whose vocation is to preserve and transmit stories. It is time to be the tellers of our own stories.

The Cambridge University Brazilian Society (CUBS) 10 years celebration. Thursday – 08 April 2021 | 6:00 PM (UK time) – 2:00 PM (Brazil time)

Hey Brazilians and Brazil lovers! Join us for the first CUBS meeting this year.

We are welcoming new members (or just curious people). Let’s talk about new ideas to make this space a productive and enjoyable networking platform in Cambridge and contribute to its members’ academic development.

In this historic event we will welcome two dear guests:

  • Dr Cristina Ariani – CUBS co-founder, Cristina will share stories of the origin of CUBS and experiences on her academic journey in Cambridge. Currently, she leads the genomic surveillance operations for Covid-19 at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. Cristina is an evolutionary biologist by training. She did her PhD at the University of Cambridge and studied the genetic variation of traits that affect disease transmission in a major mosquito vector – Aedes aegypti.
  • Ana Mendina – visual artist who is creating arts that will be part of CUBS new visual identity. Born in southern Brazil, but raised in the far north, in Roraima, the visual artist Ana Mendina has her work inspired by nature and its relationship with humans, closely associated with Amazon and Indigenous cultures of the world, especially the Yanomami and Sanoma people of which the artist is currently a partner at Hutukara Association Yanomami- HAY. Painter, photographer, illustrator and director, Mendina attended art schools in Costa Rica, Australia and New Zealand, where the artist studied at the traditional Waiariki Maori School of Design.

We are looking forward to meet you at the event. In this meeting, we are also welcoming new members (or just curious people). Let’s talk about new ideas to make this space a productive and enjoyable networking platform in Cambridge and contribute to its members’ academic development.

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