Reading Group

CLAREC Reading Group Lent Term 2021  “The idea of Latin America” (2005) by Walter Mignolo access here

CLAREC Reading Group Michaelmas Term 2021: “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” (Freire, 1968)

…We educate one another in communion in the context of living in this world.

Following our previous reading group on ‘The idea of Latin America’, for this Michaelmas term we welcome everyone to reflect, discuss and reinvent collectively some of the ideas of Paulo Freire, one of the greatest thinkers in education. This initiative is part of the Paulo Freire 100th Anniversary: Celebrating his legacy in education, a series of academic and cultural activities organized by CLAREC in partnership with the Faculty of Education and partner institutions.

To sign up for the group please register here and feel free to contact us on with any questions.

General Guidelines:

  • The group will meet in Zoom and in-person at the Faculty of Education (DMB – GS5) on Fridays at 2pm UK time (11am Chile-Brazil/ 8am Mexico).
  • The online rooms will be conducted in English; and in Portuguese and Spanish depending on the interest of the registrants. The in-person reading group will be conducted only in English, at the Faculty of Education at Cambridge.
  • The sessions will not be video recorded; however, we aim to take notes of the discussions which will be possibly shared on our website.
  • We encourage participants to join all or most of the sessions and read the assigned chapter, although if you cannot commit to all of them or read the full text, you are still welcome to join.
  • The online and physical rooms will be limited to a maximum of 15 people to promote greater engagement.
  • Please contact us at if you want to participate but have no access to the book.
  • To subscribe to the reading group and receive further information, please fill in this form. We will share Zoom details and Room number closer to the date.

About the Book: Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1968) constitutes one of the most prominent works of Paulo Freire and a foundational text for the field of critical pedagogies. In this book, Freire problematizes the relations of domination that characterizes conventional education and discusses the possibilities for liberation and emancipation through education. It proposes not only an educational theory but also ontological and epistemological perspectives about humankind and the world.

All Sessions:

1Friday – October 22ndPreface & Chapter 1
2Friday – October 29thChapter 2
3Friday – November 5thChapter 3
4Friday – November 12thChapter 4

Questions and comments

4 thoughts on “Reading Group

  1. There are many exciting aspects in the preface, but I would highlight how the author explains “dialogue” in this context of modernity, which is actually dependent on coloniality. According to Mignolo, “dialogue” can only exist with decoloniality, which makes me reflect on how a false and corrupted idea of “dialogue” was developed in Latin American regions. In other words, we believe that we dialogue, when in fact we replicate discourses framed on a hegemonic monologue.


    1. Interesting observation – “we replicate discourses framed on a hegemonic monologue” – and I agree that dialogue is only able to engage with the narratives we are able to reach, hold, create. That without the creation of new narratives we are merely replicating or swimming in existing narratives available to us. I am currently teaching a course in Chicago, Illinois, US through a liberation framework, teaching practices of decoloniality through storytelling based on stories of people located around the globe. From a global studies perspective, we puzzle together a study of global histories and learn about the many ways different people engage in practices of decoloniality, or epistemic decolonization. I think an important part of this work is understanding how our mindsets are shaped by varying discourses and an increasing understanding of how ideologies play out in larger narratives we engage with.

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  2. Thank you everyone for coming and contributing to the discussion in the first session! If you have more thoughts about the first meeting or first impressions on Chapter 1, feel free to comment here.

    For those who read in Spanish (sadly is not in English) and want to dig in a little more, I recommend this interview where Mignolo talks about the book, addressing some interesting critiques about it: Lastra, Antonio (2008). Walter Mignolo y la idea de América Latina. Un intercambio de opiniones. Tabula Rasa, No.9: 285-310.

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