From the myth of racial democracy to Brazilian racism: promises and challenges for anti-racist education in Brazil

18 June 2024, 12.30 PM - 18 June 2024, 1.30 PM

Wagner Santana (Visiting doctoral student from the University of São Paulo)

School of Education, University of Bristol


This event is part of the School of Education's Bristol Conversations in Education research seminar series. These seminars are free and open to the public.

Host: Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education (CIRE)

Speaker: Wagner Santana (Visting doctoral student from the University of São Paulo)

Even though Brazil is the 2nd country in the world with the largest black population (only behind Nigeria) and black people make up more than half of the Brazilian population, racism against black people is at the basis of the deep inequalities that mark the country.

In this context, what is the space for recognising, valuing and repairing the history and culture of black peoples in Brazil? What is the role of school education? To what extent have Eurocentric school curricula fed and continue to feed a racist culture in the country? How are resistances constituted, in the field of educational management and daily school life, to confront colonial and slavery-based imprints on social relations in Brazil? These are some of the themes present in ongoing doctoral research, which will serve as the basis for this seminar.


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