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The “II Freire Conference: Building the bridge between popular education and university”, organised by the Cambridge Latin American Research in Education Collective (CLAREC) and Universidade Emancipa, will take place between the 17th and 21st of October 2022. It is an international, multicultural, and interdisciplinary initiative organised by a collective of people based in multiple academic institutions and social movements.

These are some of the basic things you need to know

Accessibility Announcement

The Organizing Committee of the “II Paulo Freire Conference: Building the bridge between Popular Education and University” communicates that reflections and actions on accessibility, from a perspective that fight ableism, have been carried out, because we are convinced that popular education must be built by everyone, including people with disabilities. Thus, the activities proposed by the Organization Committee – Opening and Closing Conferences – will ensure the presence of interpreters and audiodescription. We know that these actions do not guarantee universal accessibility, but they are made on a basis that takes into account the (material and human) resources that we have. We emphasize that alliances with other entities to enable more resources were made, however not always successfully. Even so, the Committee is putting forward the fight against ableism and is working to give orientation to the authors who will promote activities during the conference, so that they can also make the spaces as accessible as possible. Our struggle is not over, there is still a lot to build, but we continue together in hope, as Paulo Freire said. So, if you are interested in being part of the Accessibility Team to build a popular education that fights ableism, you can fill in the form available in this link. If you also need any other action on accessibility that was not contemplated above, please write to and we will do our best to ensure your participation in the conference.


Click on the banner below to download the PDF with the II Freire Conference programme.

Click here to access the confirmed activities in Rio de Janeiro and Cambridge. To participate, you must complete the corresponding form by clicking on the red link.

Remember that the II Freire Conference will be in a hybrid format, so the forms indicated are only for in-person participation or external activities. The complete programme will be released soon. Please note that we will only send access links for online participation to those registered at Eventbrite. If you have not yet registered at Eventbrite, access it here now.

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See below the speakers already confirmed:

Maíra Tavares Mendes is a biologist, and holds a Master and PhD in Education. She is a co-founder of the Rede Emancipa, having coordinated university admission prep courses from Rede Emancipa @redeemancipa in São Paulo, Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro. Her Postdoc work at University of São Paulo discusses retention strategies for unfavoured undergraduates, especially Black, Indigenous, mothers, trans students and those who have disabilities. She is an Associate professor at the State University of Santa Cruz (Uesc) in Ilhéus (BA), where she is a co-leader of the research group Grapeuni and currently a Visiting Scholar at University of Cambridge.
Heloise Rocha is a member of the Indigenous Consciousness Group. She is a school teacher at Belterra (Pará, Brazil) and a Coordinator of the Union of Public Education Workers of Pará (SINTEPP) in the Young Workers segment. She has a degree in Pedagogy from the Federal University of Western Pará (UFOPA), and has worked in trade union, indigenous and feminist movements.
Roberto Leher is a biologist, pedagogue and Professor at the Faculty of Education and the Postgraduate Programme in Education at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in the State, Work and Social Movements programme. He holds a PhD in Education from the University of São Paulo (1998), he develops research on public policies in education. He is an active member in the Collective for Studies in Marxism and Education (COLEMARX). Researcher at CNPq, Scientist of Our State (FAPERJ) and collaborator of the National School Florestan Fernandes (ENFF), and former Rector of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).
Maria Cristina Quirino is one of the “Mães de Paraisópolis” movement (Mothers of Paraisópolis), a movement of mothers fighting for justice for the murder of her son Denys Henrique and eight other young people by the Military Police of the state of São Paulo at a funk dance in the community of Paraisópolis, periphery of São Paulo, on 1 December 2019. She is also an activist of Rede Emancipa popular education social movement.
Professor Thomas Tufte is the Director of the Institute for Media and Creative Industries, Loughborough University London, UK  He is an internationally leading scholar in the field of communication for social change. A cultural sociologist by training, Professor Tufte holds positions as Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Free State and as Senior Research Associate at University of Johannesburg, both in South Africa. Tufte is a member of Academia Europea. His expertise and experience lies in critically exploring the interrelations between media texts/flows/genres, communicative practices and processes of citizen engagement and social change. He has for the past many years focused on citizen engagement, often in the context of social movements, and inquired into the condition of communication in everyday life and how it relates to processes of social change and democratic development. One of his sources of inspiration is Paulo Freire whom he met a few times in the 1980s while working with social movement and democratic development in Latin America.
Alfa dos Santos Silom from Guinea-Bissau (Guinean) has a degree in Languages from the Universidade da Integração Internacional da Lusofonia Afro-Brasileira (UNILAB) Campus dos Malês in São Francisco do Conde, Bahia, Brazil. He is currently a Master’s student at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) in the language and culture programme. Researcher in the Interdisciplinary Study, Extension and Research Group on Language and Society (GEPILIS) at UNILAB. Member of the Project “Vertentes do Português Popular do Estado da Bahia”, Coordinator of Rede Emancipa Guiné-Bissau and volunteer teacher at Rede Emancipa Malês.


The first Freire Conference, “The Thoughts of Paulo Freire in the Current Research in Education“, organised by the Cambridge Latin American Research in Education Collective (CLAREC) and the social movement for popular education Universidade Emancipa, took place in November 2021 at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. This conference was part of a two-week series of events “Paulo Freire 100th Anniversary: ​​Celebrating His Legacy in Education“.

It involved around 1260 participants from different regions around the world and involved 14 initiatives, such as lectures, reading groups, seminars and workshops, organised by 16 partner entities, including research groups and collectives from Brazil and the United Kingdom. The events and the installation of the bust of Paulo Freire at the University of Cambridge, which was also part of the cultural and academic programme, had significant visibility within and outside the university community and were recognised as an inspiring collective initiative.

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Imagination and conjecture about a different world than the one of oppression, are as necessary to the praxis of historical “subjects” (agents) in the process of transforming reality as it necessarily belongs to human toil that the worker or artisan first have in his or her head a design, a “conjecture,” of what he or she is about to make. Here is one of the tasks of democratic popular education, of a pedagogy of hope: that of enabling the popular classes to develop their language: not the authoritarian, sectarian gobbledygook of “educators,” but their own language-which, emerging from and returning upon their reality, sketches out the conjectures, the designs, the anticipations of their new world. Here is one of the central questions of popular education – that of language as a route to the invention of citizenship.

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Hope: Reliving Pedagogy of the Oppressed

The second edition of the Freire Conference proposes to broaden the limits and cross the barriers that separate the academic communities (especially those belonging to the most traditional and hegemonic institutions) from education and popular knowledge by promoting meetings, relationships and democratic spaces that have in common a striving for transformation and social justice.


The “II Freire Conference: building the bridge between popular education and university” aims to disseminate and produce new ideas and practices of popular education based on Paulo Freire’s thoughts. We believe that Paulo Freire’s legacy remains present and relevant. Updating his ideas – and, above all, the critical reflection on praxis or the conscious educational practice – drives the debate and dialogue for developing a democratic and democratising education. Our main objectives with this initiative are:

🗨 To promote pluricultural, democratic and popular spaces capable of challenging the established limits, such as the segregations and exclusions common to meritocratic academic processes, to allow the participation of all who are interested in submitting and sharing their work, regardless of their educational background or stage in the student trajectory.

🗨 To consolidate the event as a recurring and annual initiative so that it becomes a regular space in which students, scholars, young people and adults from different origins, cultures, institutions and stages of their student path can meet and promote – from diverse perspectives and dialogues – new proposals for the popular and emancipatory education that Freire imagined, practised and theorised.

🗨 To develop new approaches and methodologies for meeting and exchanging knowledge based on the idea of what a student conference can be from the perspective of popular education. With this in mind, this project is being organised in collaboration with the authors who presented their work at the 2021 conference and are now mobilised for the construction of a new cycle, sharing fundamental principles of intellectual work and collectivised research.

🗨 To disseminate and strengthen Paulo Freire’s global work by recognising and legitimising its importance in the field of education, especially in the current context of frequent attacks by neoliberal conservative and reactionary forces that try to remove education’s liberating and emancipatory character.


The conference will be structured and based on three activity formats:

Expository: conferences and working groups;
Cultural and artistic: presentations and exhibitions;
Dialogic: open conversations for the formation of networks of research and engagement.

In addition, to democratise access to this initiative, whether through the presentation of papers or participation in meetings, this conference will be free of charge and have the possibility of online access, with translations into English, Portuguese or Spanish.

All activities will promote inter and pluricultural integration between formal, non-formal and communitarian knowledge. Furthermore, there will be an implied understanding of cultural and territorial environments as previous sets of values and standards that guide educational experiences and practices. In this way, the activities of the conference will focus on stimulating mutual understanding, recognising and valuing diversities, and expanding consciousness about oneself, the world, and methods for tackling inequalities and social transformation made possible by popular education.

Reading Group

As part of the “II Freire Conference: Building the bridge between popular education and university”, we invite you all to read, feel and dialogue Paulo Freire’s “Extension or Communication”, an inspiring provocation to reflect together on which “bridges” we want to build, and towards which “popular education”. We will meet online via Zoom on Mondays, October 10th and 24th, 18:00 UK BST (14:00 Brazil/Chile). If you’re interested in joining us for this new reading, please fill out this form:

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