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Epistemologies of the South: Boaventura de Sousa Santos in Dialogue with ALICE

June 22 to 30, 2016, Curia



Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Professor of Sociology at the School of Economics, University of Coimbra (Portugal), Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School and Global Legal Scholar at the University of Warwick. He is the Director of the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra and Scientific Coordinator of the Permanent Observatory for Portuguese Justice. Currently he coordinates of the research project ALICE – Strange Mirrors, Unsuspected Lessons.
He has published widely on globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology,   democracy, and human rights in Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, French and German.
Among his most recent and relevant publications are: Epistemologies of the South: Justice Against Epistemicide (Paradigm, 2014); Toward a New Common Sense: Law, Science and Politics in the Paradigmatic Transition (Routledge, 1995); The Rise of the Global Left. The World Social Forum and Beyond (Zed Books, 2006); Toward a New Legal Common Sense. Law, globalization, and emancipation (Butterworths, 2002). > further




Bruno Sena Martins

Bruno Sena Martins holds a degree in Anthropology by the University of Coimbra and a PhD in Sociology by the same institution. He has devoted his research to human rights, postcolonialism and disability issues.He is currently Senior Researcher of the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. At the Centre for Social Studies he is Co-coordinator of the research group "Democracy, Citizenship and Law Research Group (DECIDe)", executive co-coordinator of the Doctoral Programme "Human Rights in Contemporary Societies", and co-coordinator of the educational outreach activity "Ces Goes to School".In 2006 he publishes wins the Centre for Social Studies Prize for Young Social Scientists of Portuguese Language with the book the work "E se eu fosse Cego?: narrativas silenciadas da deficiência" [On blindness: Silenced narratives of disability"]. In 2007 he was Research Fellow at the Centre for Disability Studies (CDS), School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds. In 2012 was Visiting Professor in the Department of Life Sciences of the University of Coimbra. In the context of several research projects has undertaken ethnographic fieldwork in Portugal, India and Mozambique.  > further


João Arriscado Nunes

João Arriscado Nunes is Professor of Sociology at the School of Economics and Researcher at CES. Co-coordinator of the Doctoral Programme "Governance, Knowledge and Innovation) and was a Visiting Researcher at FIOCRUZ in Rio de Janeiro. His research interests include social studies of science and technology (namely social studies of biomedicine, health and the life sciences and public engagement with science and technology), political sociology (democracy and participation) and social theory. Co-editor of Enteados de Galileu: A Semiperiferia no Sistema Mundial da Ciência (Porto:Afrontamento, 2001, with Maria Eduarda Gonçalves); Reinventing Democracy:Grassroots Movements in Portugal (London: Routledge, 2006, with Boaventura de Sousa Santos), The Dynamics of Patient Organizations in Europe (Paris:Presses de l'École des Mines, with Madeleine Akrich, Florence Patterson and Vololona Rabeharisoa); Objectos Impuros: Experiências em Estudos Sobre a Ciência (Porto: Afrontamento, 2008, with Ricardo Roque). He was PI of the projects BIOSENSE and "Evaluating the State of Public Knowledge on Health and Health Information in Portugal". Participated in other national and international research projects. > further

José Manuel Mendes

José Manuel Mendes, a researcher of the Centre for Social Studies - University of Coimbra, holds a PhD in Sociology by the School of Economics of the University of Coimbra, where he is an Assistant Professor. His research focus is on inequalities, social mobility, social movements and collective action and, more recently, on the themes of risk and social vulnerability.
He is co-coordinator with Rita Serra of the Risk Observatory (OSIRIS) of the Centre for Social Studies. He also co-coordinates, with Luísa Sales, the Trauma Centre of the Centre for Social Studies.
Among his more important publications are Os lugares (im) possíveis da cidadania. Estado e risco num mundo globalizado (co-edited with pedro Araújo, Almedina, 2013) and Do ressentimento ao reconhecimento: vozes, identidades e processos políticos nos Açores (1974-1996) (Afrontamento, 2003). > further

Maria Paula Meneses 

Maria Paula Meneses is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. She is also a member of the Centre for Social Studies Aquino de Bragança, in Mozambique. Among the research topics which she currently works on are postcolonial debates, legal pluralism, with particular emphasis on the relations between the State and the 'traditional authorities' in the African context , and the role of official history, memory and 'other' stories in the rescue of a broader sense of belonging in the field of contemporary identity processes, especially in the African geopolitical context.
Maria Paula Meneses has taught at the University of Seville (Spain), SOAS (UK), Bayreuth (Germany), Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil), among others.
Among her published works are: O Direito por fora do Direito: as instâncias extra-judiciais de resolução de conflitos em Luanda (co-edited with Julio Lopes, Almedina, 2012); Epistemologias do Sul (co-edited with Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Cortez, 2012); Law and Justice in a Multicultural Society: The Case of Mozambique (co-edited with Boaventura de Sousa Santos and João Carlos Trindade, CODESRIA, 2006). > further

Sara Araújo

Sara Araújo is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies and a member of the Research Group on Democracy, Citizenship and Law. She is co-coordinator of the project "ALICE - Strange Mirrors, Unsuspected Lessons: Leading Europe to a new way of sharing the world experience", in which thinking and research is being developed from the proposal of the Epistemologies of the South. Sara Araújo holds a PhD in "Law, Justice, and Citizenship in the Twenty First Century" from the University of Coimbra. Her master dissertation was awarded with the Prize Agostinho da Silva by the Lisbon Academy of Sciences. She was part of the Permanent Observatory for the Portuguese Justice and has been a member of the bi-national research team for the Revision of the Judicial Organization of Mozambique. Her main research interests are on issues related to legal pluralism, access to justice, community justice/Alternative Dispute Resolution/Informal Justice, Justice Administration in Africa, human rights and interculturality, ecology of knowledges and ecology of justices. > further

Teresa Cunha

Teresa Cunha was born in Huambo, Angola and lives in Coimbra, Portugal. She has a PhD in Sociology by the University of Coimbra with a comparative thesis on 'A feminist and post-colonial analysis of East Timorese and Mozambican women's power and authority strategies'. She is working in a post-doctoral project with the following title: Women InPower Women. Democracy, dignity and good-living in Mozambique, South Africa and Brazil. is a senior researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of Coimbra University. She is a professor at the College of Education in Coimbra, senior trainer of the Council of Europe and president of the NGO 'Action for Justice and Peace'. She has studied Philosophy, Theology, Sciences of Education and Sociology. Her research main interests are: feminism, post-colonialism and Indian ocean, human rights; women and post-conflict; security and memory, feminist economies. She has published the following books: Ensaios pela Democracia. Justiça, dignidade e bem-viver; Elas no Sul e no Norte; Timor-Leste: Crónica da Observação da Coragem; Feto Timor Nain Hitu - Sete Mulheres de Timor; Vozes das Mulheres de Timor; Andar Por Outros Caminhos; Raízes da ParticipAcção. She also published several scientific articles and book chapters in different countries and languages. > further


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