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New research group on human rights has been created

by Richard Meckien - published May 13, 2016 09:50 AM - - last modified Jun 06, 2016 01:45 PM
Rights: Original version in Portuguese by Mauro Bellesa.

 Paulo Endo - PerfilJosé Sergio de Carvalho
Paulo Cesar Endo (on top) and José Sergio Fonseca de Carvalho are the coordinators of the new group

The IEA's Board approved the creation of the Research Group on Human Rights, Democracy, Politics and Memory on May 9. The involved researchers shall continue part of the activities undertaken by the UNESCO Chair in Education for Peace, Human Rights, Democracy and Tolerance, active at the Institute from April 1996 to October 2014.

In addition, the group intends to deepen the interdisciplinary nature of research in human rights in theoretical and conceptual levels, "testing their points of tangency and erosion in the consolidation or depreciation of democracies", according to the coordinators.

For the proposal to become more comprehensive, the group considers it appropriate to include the study of social memory and politics in their work, which are now "almost inextricable reflections on law in their subjective, cultural, social and political dimensions." According to the coordinators, this is evidenced by research, museums, memorials and worldwide struggles around memory.

The participants of the initiative are researchers in psychoanalysis, psychology, philosophy, sociology, literary theory and criticism, law, contemporary political theory, history, education, anthropology and political science. Each member will approach initiatives, groups and researchers that make up their national and international research networks.

The outcomes of the research will be presented and discussed at seminars, "with special interest in contributing to the formation of a political culture based on the principles of democracy and human rights."

The group's programme foresees four public events:

  • Seminar Literature and War, in 2016;
  • 2nd Seminar Memory, Memorials and the Future of Democracies, in 2017;
  • 2nd Colloquium Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Political Theory, in 2017;
  • 2nd International Seminar on the Political Thought of Hannah Arendt and Education, on a date to be set.



The new group has as permanent members:

  • José Sergio Fonseca de Carvalho (coordinator), from the USP's School of Education (FE);
  • Paulo Cesar Endo (coordinator), from the USP's Institute of Psychology (IP);
  • Flavia Schilling (vice-coordinator), from the FE-USP;
  • Márcio Seligmann-Silva, from the UNICAMP's Institute for the Study of Language;
  • Andrei Koener, from the UNICAMP's Institute of Philosophy and Human Sciences;
  • Maria Cristina Vicentin, from PUC-SP
  • Maria Victoria Benevides, from the FE-USP;
  • Eduardo Bittar, from the USP's Faculty of Law;
  • Carlota Boto, from the FE-USP;
  • Ana Lúcia Pastore Schritzmeyer, from the USP's Faculty of Philosophy, Languages and Literature, and Human Sciences (FFLCH);
  • Deise Ventura, from the USP's Institute of International Relations (IRI);
  • Rossana Reis, from the IRI-USP and the FFLCH-USP.

The collaborators are:

  • Etienne Tassin – Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7;
  • Paula Hunzikler – Universidad de Córdoba (Spain);
  • Fina Birulés – Universitat de Barcelona;
  • Wojciech Owczarski – University of Gdańsk;
  • Edson Souza – Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul;
  • Susel Oliveira da Rocha – State University of Paraíba;
  • Maria José de Resende – Londrina State University;
  • Wânia Pasinato – UN Women.

The postdoctoral researchers Gabriela Gramkow and André Costa, and the postgraduates Fernanda Castro Fernandes de Oliveira, Juliana Brandão, Daniele Kowalewski, Juliana Martins, Pedro Lagatta and Rose Miyahara will also take part in the group.

Photos: Leonor Calasans/IEA-USP

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