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Racism, Eurocentrism and Political Struggles [4th edition]

September 3 to 8, 2018, Room 2, CES | Alta (Coimbra, PT)

This Summer School addresses debates and contemporary struggles against racism and Eurocentrism at three levels: in the production of knowledge, public policy and grassroots movements. Its main objectives are: a) to discuss the Eurocentric knowledge production of the history of (anti-)colonialism, enslavement and racism, through the questioning of concepts and dominant approaches in the political and academic world; b) to discuss key concepts for understanding complex political processes (in particular, racial state, violence, nation, citizenship); c) to present a variety of research cases in different international contexts and with different disciplinary approaches (Sociology, History, Philosophy, Political Economy, Geography); d) to promote a critical analysis of public policies for integration and for combating discrimination; e) to engage in dialogue with the alternatives that have been proposed by grassroots movements in challenging Eurocentric knowledge production and dissemination, including the presentation of initiatives in the context of informal education and education through arts.

The School aims to promote a dialogue between the production of knowledge in academia and grassroots movements, considering the power relations and political struggles that condition this dialogue and the possible articulations between the two areas.

Thematic area(s) of the course Eurocentrism, knowledge production, (anti-)racism, grassroots movements

Target participants: Graduate students in social sciences and humanities, political activists and members of NGOs in the field of anti-racism and human rights, school teachers in the fields of Sociology, History and Geography, journalists.

Coordinators: Silva Rodríguez Maeso and Marta Araújo


Amílcar Pereira (Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro)
Anabela Rodrigues (AMI-AFRO Laboratory, GTO-LX)
Bruno Gonçalves (ROMED and SOS Racismo)
Cayetano Fernández (CES)
Cristina Roldão (Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal)
Katy P. Sian (University of York)
Kwame Nimako (Black Europe Summer School)
Mamadou Ba (SOS Racismo)
Mario Espinoza Pino (Instituto DM – Democracia y Municipalismo) 
Marta Araújo (CES)
Shirley-Anne Tate (Leeds Beckett University)
Silvia Rodríguez Maeso (CES)
Youssef Boussoumah (Partie des Indigènes de la République)

Fees: Early registration (until 20 August, 2018): 300€; Regular registration (after 21 August, 2018): 400€

Language: English and Portuguese

Maximum and minimum number of participants: 25 and 10 students, respectively.

Funding: Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology – FCT and co-funded by the European Fund for Regional Development (FEDER) through the COMPETE 2020 operational program – PTDC/IVC-SOC/1209/2014 – POCI-01-0145-FEDER-016806.

Compete 2020 FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia POVT - Programa Operacional Temático Valorização do Território Universidade de Coimbra