Boaventura de Sousa Santos distinguished by CLACSO

January 2018

The Latin American Council of Social Sciences  (CLACSO) has just awarded the "Latin American and Caribbean Social Sciences Award" to Boaventura de Sousa Santos.

The CLACSO awards are attributed to political and intellectual personalities from around the world distinguished for renowned contributions to critical thinking, commitment to democratic struggles, human rights, social justice, integration and solidarity among peoples.

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Jose Pepe Mujica, Evo Morales, Dilma Rousseff, Pablo Gonzalez Casanova, Aldo Ferrer, Roberto Fernández Retamar, Theotonio dos Santos, Anibal Quijano, Suzy Castor and Perry Anderson were some of the names awarded with the highest distinction granted by this institution.

The award ceremony will take place during the 8th Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Social Sciences | «Las luchas por la igualdad, la justicia social y la democracia en un mundo turbulento» a outstanding initiative of CLACSO that will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from November 19 to 23, and will feature prominent politicians and academics from all over the world. 

About Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra (Portugal), and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned an LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale University and holds the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, by McGill University.

He is director of the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra and has written and published widely on the issues of globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, social movements and the World Social Forum. He has been awarded several prizes, most recently the Science and Technology Prize of Mexico, 2010, and the Kalven Jr. Prize of the Law and Society Association, 2011.
His most recent project – ALICE: Leading Europe to a New Way of Sharing the World Experiences – was funded by an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC), one of the most prestigious and highly competitive international financial institutes for scientific excellence in Europe.

Boaventura de Sousa Santos has published widely on globalisation, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, democracy, and human rights in Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, French, German, Chinese, and Romanian.