Research Seminar - Professor Reinaldo Matias Fleuri

Fri 10 Feb 2023 2:30pm4:00pm

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Paulo Freire and the cultures of Abya Yala


Many native peoples of the continent of “Abya Yala”, as well as of the African and southern continents, were decimated or subalternized by the violent processes of colonization and enslavement imposed throughout history. However, their worldviews resist and re-exist in multiple ways. Through intense and sensitive listening, we can learn from these peoples to reestablish our ways of life and production according to ancestral principles, which we indicate here with the concept of “Well Living”, which can be summarized in its principles of relationality, complementarity, reciprocity and integrality.
The epistemo-pedagogical principles formulated by Paulo Freire show an intimate relationship with the educational principles inherent to the cultures of the native peoples.
Paulo Freire elaborated his pedagogical conception using cultural references of western critical theories. But his engagement with popular social movements was a process by which he most likely enabled him to learn from epistemological perspectives on the cultures of ancestral peoples revived by popular communities in Latin America.


Professor Reinaldo Matias Fleuri, Federal University of Santa Catarina & The University of Queensland (Honorary professor since 2011)

Reinaldo Matias Fleuri holds a PhD in Education from the State University of Campinas (1988). He is currently a professor and researcher at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), served as a national senior visiting professor at the State University of Pará (UEPA/CAPES) and coordinates the research network “Mover” - Viver em Plenitude: Intercultural Education and Movements Social (UFSC/CNPq). It is part of the Paulo Freire Institute. He is a Senior Researcher at CNPq. All of his production is accessible in digital format at

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Date:  Friday 10 February 2023

Time: 2:30 to 4 pm

Room: 24- S402

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Eventually learn more from the articles published about the theme: FLEURI, Reinaldo Matias. Interculturality, Identity and Decoloniality. International Journal of Information Systems and Social Change. v. 12, n. 1, Jan-Mar, 2021.

FLEURI, R. M.; FLEURI, L. J. . Learning from Brazilian Indigenous Peoples: Towards a Decolonial Education. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, p. 1-11, 2017.