Is Science Colonial?

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Wednesday 8 May 2024
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iHuman and School of Education
Online Seminar
8th May, 12.30 - 13.30
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Is Science Colonial? Possibilities and challenges for creating other ways of doing research from the Global South.
James Moura
University for International Integration of Afro-Brazilian Lusophony (Brazil)

This seminar will address the colonial characteristics of science. Based on Participatory Action Research experiences with people living in poverty, indigenous communities and immigrants in various Latin American countries (Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Peru), the speaker, James Moura (Associate Professor at the University of the International Integration of Afro-Brazilian Lusophony in Brazil and Senior Research Associate at the University of Bristol), will present decolonial strategies for making Psychology indeed structured for the needs of the Majority World.  

James Moura is a Community Psychologist. He works as Associate Professor at the University for International Integration of Afro-Brazilian Lusophony (Brazil), coordinating Participatory Action Research about mental health with indigenous and quilombolas communities. He is a Visiting Professor in the Program for Community, Liberation, and Indigenous Eco-psychologies at the Pacifica Graduate Institute (USA). He is a member of the Latin American Training Network in Community Psychology. Actually, he is a researcher about community engagement related to conservation policies in the Amazonia at the University of Bristol (UK).

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