The Cambridge Latin American Research in Education Collective (CLAREC) aims to constitute a space for Latin American perspectives that brings together researchers working on Latin American contexts and all those interested in hearing more about it. It aims to make visible the region’s knowledge production and current debates linked to education research towards the diversification and decolonisation of academia. 

CLAREC, November 16, 2020

Want to join the Reading Group “Paulo Freire: Extension or Communication” supported by CLAREC and Universidade Emancipa? Depending on the number of registrants, the sessions will be in English, Portuguese or Spanish. We will meet online via Zoom on Mondays, October 10th and 24th, 18:00 UK BST (14:00 Brazil/Chile). For more information and registration, please visit: https://bit.ly/freireconference

Our Manifesto

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The foundations and functioning of the current global education system lie in northern and western countries’ predominance, being these located at the top while some are at the bottom. Latin American ideas, alongside other southern perspectives, are not part of the hegemonic curriculum that top universities together with the entire higher education system reproduce. Latin American authors and epistemologies are rarely mentioned in these programs and tend to be overlooked or considered as mere distant research backgrounds.

In this context, the Cambridge Latin American Research in Education Collective (CLAREC) aims to constitute a space for Latin American perspectives towards a diversification and decolonisation of academia within the Faculty of Education and beyond; to promote dialogue and collaboration around knowledge development of regional interest in the field of educational research, as well as to democratize access to knowledge produced in this very privileged and elitist place.

This initiative was inspired by the common concern which we, as Latin American students and allies at the University of Cambridge, shared during our academic journey: the need for representation and legitimation, and opportunity to make visible knowledge, ideas, and current debates within the Latin American context. It is, at the same time, an opportunity for bringing together researchers working on Latin American contexts, and for opening it up for anyone who is interested in participating or simply hearing more about it.

See on the map below where some of our members are from or their research regions in Latin America.

Watch the panel and discussion of the thought-provoking event “The role of education in the fake news era” organised by CLAREC at the Faculty of Education

Click below to watch our past CLAREC Whereabouts Seminars.
Watch “CLAREC in Mexico City: insights from the World Social Forum 2022 and the CLACSO 2022 Conference” – an informal conversation with CLAREC members Rocío Fernández and Alexandre Trindade about two relevant events that took place in Mexico City in 2022.
Watch all the powerful presentations on #inclusiveeducation in Latin America at the CLAREC Seminar “Thinking critically about inclusive education in Latin America: Disability inclusion in Colombia” with CLAREC member Dr. Julia Hayes.
Watch CLAREC Whereabouts Seminar: “What can we learn from the voices of novice teachers trained in Mexico during the COVID-19 pandemic?” with our guest speakers Artemio Arturo Cortez Ochoa & Israel Moreno Salto. 
Watch CLAREC Whereabouts Seminar: “Mothers and Daughters: intertwined memories, healing trauma and the rupture with paid domestic work in Brazil” with CLAREC member Anna Maria Del Fiorentino @memoriasentrelacadas 
Watch CLAREC Whereabouts Seminar: “Teachers’ formative assessment of reading comprehension in Chile: challenges and opportunities” with CLAREC member Elisa de Padua
Watch ‘CLAREC Whereabouts Seminar Series’ of the year: ‘Play and Health: The Revolution of Paediatric Healthcare in Mexico’ with CLAREC member Paulina Pérez-Duarte

We are extremely grateful to the Faculty’s community and all our partners for embracing the CLAREC project “Paulo Freire 100th Anniversary: Celebrating his legacy in education” by collaborating and supporting us in every step of this two-week journey of celebration of Freire’s legacy. Having made it possible for us to install a Freire sculpture at the University of Cambridge is a milestone that will surely inspire others to go further in the dream of making education a viable means of dialogue, love and social transformation. The message published by the Faculty makes us feel more motivated to follow our dreams for a more inclusive, emancipated, and transformative Education. Let us listen to Freire’s call to create a safe space to foster dialogue and together aim for Liberation.

CLAREC, 2021

“The Decolonial Epistemic Turn and The Idea of Latin America – A conversation with Prof. Walter Mignolo”.

The Cambridge Latin American Research in Education Collective, with the support of the Centre of Latin American Studies (CLAS) and the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, presents a conversation with Prof. Walter Mignolo, William Hane Wannamaker Distinguished Professor of Romance Studies at Duke University, and a key thinker of the decolonial project. The conversation focus on Prof. Mignolo’s perspective of the invention of Latin America and the possibilities of the decolonial epistemic turn in the present. You can watch below this conversation that took place on April 26, 2021. See the Q&A and chat of this event here.