Paulo Freire Annual Lecture by Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos

LDN104, Loughborough University London campus

Institute for Media and Creative Industries - Loughborough London. Paulo Freire Annual Lecture 2022 by Emeritus Professor Boaventura de Sousa.

The Institute for Media and Creative Industries (IMCI) at Loughborough University London is pleased to announce the launch of the Paulo Freire Annual Lecture series. Taking place each year in September to coincide with Freire’s birthday, these Annual Lectures will be delivered by an esteemed social scientist or activist who carries ideas and practices that resonate with Freire’s legacy.

IMCI is delighted to welcome Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos as the first speaker of this lecture series. Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at University of Coimbra (Portugal), and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA). He earned an LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale University and holds the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, by McGill University.

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Emeritus Director of the Center for Social Studies (CES) and has written and published widely on the issues of globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, social movements and the World Social Forum, in Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, French, German, Chinese, Danish, Romanian and Polish.

About the Annual Paulo Freire Lecture series:

Paulo Freire was one of the leading social scientists of the 20th century. Known mostly for his influence in the world of education, his works, written between the 1950s and until his death in 1997, appealed far broader. His humanist approach to life, his philosophy of change and commitment to social justice, and his profound engagement with social practice and action made his widely popular across the social sciences and amongst social movements.

Inspired by these perspectives, IMCI scholars and other colleagues from Loughborough University London have engaged actively with Freire’s legacy, organizing events and publications since 2019 and more intensively around his birth centennial celebrations in 2021. The IMCI is particularly interested in exploring the role of Freire’s ideas in the present and future of social science and of social change-oriented movements and citizen driven initiatives. We continue to conduct research that is heavily informed by Freire and we actively engage with practitioners and academic colleagues from across.

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