Upcoming Events

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. 

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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.

Our Past Events

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

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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.

Please, fill this form to get the Zoom details.

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