II Freire Conference: Building the bridge between popular education1 and university
Arte: Ivan Jerônimo
Call for Abstracts – Instructions for Authors

Last updated: 28.07.2022

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Deadline: 20 August 2022

This call aims to guide the submission of abstracts for participation in the II Freire Conference: Building the bridge between popular education1 and university which will take place between 17 and 21 October 2022. This is an international, multicultural and interdisciplinary conference, organised by the Latin American Research Collective on Education in Cambridge (CLAREC) and by the social movement of popular education Universidade Emancipa, together with a collective of people belonging to different academic institutions and social movements. Students, researchers, social movement activists, popular educators, education workers, culture workers and other interested people can submit their work.

The II Freire Conference aims to broaden the limits and cross the barriers that separate the academic communities. Challenging the divide between traditional, hegemonic education institutions and popular knowledge, this conference will promote meetings, relationships and democratic spaces that strive for transformation and social justice.

 1. “In brief, for Freire, the expression “popular education” designates education with the people, with the oppressed or with the popular classes, based on a given view of education: liberating education, which is, at the same time, gnosiological, political, ethical and esthetic (FREIRE, 1997). This education, oriented to the transformation of society, requires that one start from the concrete/experienced context to reach the theoretical context, which requires epistemological curiosity, problematization, rigorousness, creativity, dialogue, experience of praxis and protagonism of the subjects (FREIRE, 1995)” – PALUDO, Conceição (2012), in STRECK, D. (Coord.). REDIN, E. ZITKOSKI, J. (Editors). Paulo Freire Encyclopedia. Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pg.301.

To participate in the conference, it is possible to submit an abstract in one of the three formats: paper presentation, cultural/artistic activity and open conversation.

  1. Abstract submission

The following criteria should be observed in abstract submission:

1.1  Abstract must be sent through Google form;

1.2 The corresponding author must indicate their full name (as well as co-author’s, if that’s the case) and affiliation (university, social movement, research group, etc.);  

1.3 Abstracts must be limited to 500 words. References are not included in this word count.

1.4 Abstracts should contain: objective; theoretical-practical-philosophical background; question discussed (if applicable); approach; analytical and reflection methods; main results and contributions. Moreover, it should indicate how it relates to the central theme of the Conference, “Building the bridge between popular education and the university”.

1.5 Abstract can be written in English, Portuguese or Spanish.

1.6 The author must indicate in which of the following three formats the work will be presented: 

  1. Paper presentation (abstract presentation, online format);
  2. Cultural/artistic activity  (presentation, exhibition, online or in-person in the host institutions);
  3. Open conversations (dialogues organised as culture circle discussions, online format or in-person in the host institutions);

1.7 The conference will be organised into 6 main themes. Please indicate which of these themes are most relevant to your work (maximum two) to help us organise the agenda. The themes are:

1) Popular education for a good life? Dialogues that challenge the coloniality of knowledge, being and nature. 

Popular education themes that take into account the relationship with nature, traditional and indigenous peoples, and other contexts that challenge the colonial logics.

2) Feminism, anti-racist and decolonial epistemologies, pedagogies and critical perspectives.

Contributions of social movements such as feminism, black movements, movements fighting for education, fighting for land, LGBTQIA+ movement, indigenous movement, and others for popular education and for changing paradigms in knowledge production.

3) Globalisation, neoliberalism and the transformations of education and knowledge in times of barbarism; 

Banking education in the contemporary context and resistances undertaken by educators who seek “being more” in times of barbarism. 

4) Educational and popular education experiences, contexts and technologies in the centre and the periphery;

Relationship between technologies and social changes in education in the contexts of the centre and the periphery.

5) Research and new methodologies in education and popular education: subverting hierarchies.

Sharing research and educational experiences focused on Freirean, participatory or similar methodologies that contribute to questioning the status quo.

6) Freire and Freireans: revisiting legacies, broadening readings of the world and ways of transforming it;

Fruitful dialogues between Paulo Freire and other intellectuals who seek to build a liberating education.

1.8 Abstracts must be submitted only once, in case of multiple submissions the committee will consider last file sent. Queries and requests should be sent to freireconference@gmail.com 

2. Selection of works

2.1 The works must meet the principles, values and objectives of the conference.

2.2 Authors must attend the workshop that will be held prior to the Conference, on 24 September.

3. Schedule

3.1 Abstract submission will follow the following schedule:

Submission typeStarting fromDead line
Paper presentationJuly 26th 2022August 20th 2022.
Cultural/artistic presentationJuly 26th 2022August 20th 2022.
Open conversationJuly 26th 2022August 20th 2022.

3.2 Abstract selection will be informed to the authors by September 15th 2022.

3.3 The workshop with authors will be held on September 24th 2022

4. Presentations

4.1 The presentations, regardless of the format (abstract presentation, artistic-cultural activity or open conversation), may be carried out online or in hybrid format (face-to-face in the host institutions + live transmission). 

4.2 The form of presentation, the allocation in the Conference schedule and the time limit for presentation of each paper will be announced and validated during the workshop with the authors. 

4.3 Authors can use slides and other digital materials for their presentations.  

4.4 The presentation files should be sent by email to freireconference@gmail.com in presentation format (ppt or pdf). In case of videos, please send an access link until 1 day before the presentation.

4.5 Presentations must include: the title of the paper, full name(s) of author(s) and co-author(s), and affiliations. 

4.6 The presentations will be recorded and may be published on the communication channels and social networks of CLAREC and Universidade Emancipa.

5. Final considerations

5.1. Questions and technical issues should be addressed to the organising committee via email to freireconference@gmail.com. 

5.2 The organising committee will deal with specific questions and situations not described in this instruction manual.


Scientific Committee (in alphabetical order)

  • Adriana da Silva Maria Pereira – MA student in Inclusive Education at the State University “Júlio Mesquita Filho” and coordinator of Universidade Emancipa.
  • Alexandre da Trindade – co-founder of the Cambridge Latin American Research in Education Collective (CLAREC) and PHD candidate in Education at University of Cambridge.
  • Andrea Figueiredo Oliveira – Sociologist with a specialization in Public Administration (UFMG) focused on educational inclusion, performed community development consultancies and adult education teaching -Eja. Currently is an autonomous researcher on  Freirean territories integration and produces arts  aimed on the  popular education towards  human development. 
  • Daniela Mussi – Professor at the Department of Political Science of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and at the Postgraduate Programme in Political Science of the State University of Campinas (Unicamp). Coordinator of the Rede Emancipa and Universidade Emancipa.
  • Eliane Alves da Silva – Post-doctorate in Human and Social Sciences by Federal University of ABC. Coordinator of the Political, Public Policies and Collective Action Group (3PAC/UFABC) and Preparatory School for the Graduate Program in Humanities (Pós-Graduar). Coordinator of Universidade Emancipa.
  • Giovanna Henrique Marcelino – PhD student in Sociology at the University of São Paulo (USP) and coordinator of the Rede Emancipa and Universidade Emancipa.
  • Henrique Safady Maffei – Doctor in education. Specialist in Education for diversity. History teacher at Porto Alegre city, Brasil. Universidade Emancipa.
  • Jessica Visotsky – PhD in Historia. Postdoc in Human and Social Sciences. National University of Southern Argentina. Director of Nuestramérica Magazine, Chile.
  • Joana Salém Vasconcelos – PhD  on Economic History at Universidade de São Paulo (USP) with a fellowship at University of California, Irvine; Coordinating Editor of Latin American Perspectives; professor of Contemporary History at Cásper Líbero Faculty; Coordinator of Universidade Emancipa and co-founder of Rede Emancipa.
  • João Paulo Reis Soares – MA and doctoral student in teaching and history of science and mathematics at Federal University of ABC (UFABC), editor of didactic materials, coordinator of Gedir UFABC.
  • Josefina L. Simões – coordinator of Rede Emancipa, MA from USP in teaching Portuguese to speakers of other languages – Specialist, educator and activist in language education for immigrants.
  • Juliana Spadotto – MA in Education from University of Cambridge (Arts and Culture) and member of the Cambridge Latin American Research in Education Collective (CLAREC).
  • Maíra Tavares Mendes – co-founder of Rede Emancipa, coordinator of Universidade Emancipa, Professor at the State University of Santa Cruz, Visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge.
  • Moana Campos Soto – MA and doctoral student in Museology at Universidade Lusófona, museologist at UFRJ and coordinator of the group ‘Sociomuseology + Paulo Freire’ of the UNESCO-ULHT Chair ‘Education, Citizenship and Cultural Diversity’.
  • Nina Lys Nunes – Post-Doctor, under the USP Sustainability Program (USPSusten), PhD in Public Policies, Strategies and Development (PPED), by the Institute of Economics (IE) of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and researcher on the project Articulafito of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz).
  • Rocío Fernández Ugalde – co-founder of the Cambridge Latin American Research in Education Collective (CLAREC) and PhD candidate in Education at the University of Cambridge.
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