The Theory and History of Education International Research Group, the Faculty of Education, and the Department of History are pleased to announce two internationally renowned speakers coming to Queen’s on February 21 and 22, 2023. All are welcome to join us as we examine the history of education from an international, polycentric, and decolonizing lens!

Public Lecture - All are Welcome

Decolonizing higher education reforms in contemporary Brazil: historical myths and official discoursesDr Naomar

Dr. Naomar Almeida Filho

Tuesday, February 21, 2023
3:45 – 5:15 pm
Vernon Ready Room (VRR)
Duncan McArthur Hall, 511 Union St.

Summary: University autonomy and academic freedom are founding myths of the postcolonial model of higher education in Brazil. From a decolonial perspective on historical movements of university reform in Latin America, I propose a critical assessment of the Latin American university as a social institution which, in order to fulfill its historical mission, needs to continuously recreate its institutional identity taking into account its subaltern and peripheral economic, political and ideological context. 

About: Dr. Naomar Almeida-Filho is Professor of Epidemiology (retired) at the Institute of Collective Health of UFBA. PhD in Epidemiology, D.Sc. Honoris Causa: McGill University., President of the Federal University of Bahia (2002-2010) and founder and first President of the Federal University of Southern Bahia (2013-2017). See Almeyda Filho, Naomar, Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Exclusion: University Education in Contemporary Brazil, Harvard Review of Latin America, 12(Fall), 60-63. 

Graduate Seminar - All graduate students and interested undergraduates are welcome! 

For a polycentric history of education: contesting center-periphery paradigm 

Dr. Diana Gonçalves VidalDiana Goncalves Vidal

Wednesday, February 22, 2023
3:45 – 5:15 pm
Vernon Ready Room (VRR)
Duncan McArthur Hall, 511 Union St.

Summary: The center-periphery paradigm crystallizes structures of domination, produces subalternities in the historiographical discourse, and under-evaluates crossbreeding, hybridizations, cultural appropriations, and agencies. To explore the possibilities of a polycentric history of education, a case study within the scope of the transnational history of education, intertwining Brazil, Portugal and France will be discussed.

About: Prof Dr. Diana Gonçalves Vidal is full professor at the University of São Paulo. She is a member of the Editorial Board of ISCHE/ Palgrave Macmillan’s Global Histories of Education, Senior Editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education and coordinator of the Project Knowledges and practices in borders: toward a transnational history of education (1810–...). Her research interests include the New Education, school culture, school practices, historiography of education, connected and transnational history and digital humanities.


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