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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.

The main objective is to promote a pluricultural, democratic and popular space where the international attendants (students, teachers, speakers, popular educators, activists, and researchers) can meet, dialogue, and share knowledge based on Paulo Freire’s thoughts.

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See below the speakers already confirmed:

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.

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