A group of five British, Brazilian and Colombian universities (Cardiff, KCL, Federal University of Mato Grosso, Federal University of Rondonia, in Brazil, and the National University of Colombia) intend to organise five workshops (two in the UK and three in South America) to involve international experts, national scholars and regional academic and non-academic stakeholders (such as farmer associations, local authorities, community and church organisations, cooperatives, NGOs, artists, etc.) to take part in networking activities, discuss existing knowledge and identify gaps in the state-of-the-art of agricultural frontiers in the Amazon.
The series of workshops and a coordinated engagement during two years will led to the consolidation of the Agro-Cultures Research Network, which will include additional academics in the core universities and in other regional centres of research, speakers and participants in the various workshops, and the academic, policy-making and non-academic communities. This proposed network will especially examine the socio-cultural trajectory of change in the Amazon with a focus on what we describe as ‘agro-cultural’ frontiers.
The new network will, for the first time, jointly address the intensive cultural exchanges and historical transformation of the agricultural frontiers in the Amazon. The initiative will create an innovative space for discussion and North-South interaction between academics and non-academics focused on local knowledge, habits, language and subjectivities in the context of a rapidly changing cultural and spatial reality under the influence of (unsustainable) modernisation.
Open invitation to the Roundtable Discussion: “Repercussions of the 2018 General Elections in Brazil: Focus on Agriculture, Environment and the Amazon”, which will take place at Cardiff University, 13 Dec. 2018 – 13:00 to 14:00 Venue: Sustainable Places Research Institute, 33 Park Place, Cardiff Speakers: Dr Daniela M. Figueiredo (Federal University of Mato Grosso
Research team: Daniela Maimoni de Figueiredo, Selma de Souza Nunes & Janielly Carvalho Camargo This innovative and engaged research project was developed during six months in a public school in the periphery of the Mato Grosso capital, Brazil (Várzea Grande city). It was applied the VESWH action-research method (Vegetation, Erosion, Solid
Journalist Sue Branford and social scientist Maurício Torres spent a month learning about Ferrogrão (Grainrail), one of the newest threats to the Brazilian Amazon – first meeting with government officials in Brasilia and then travelling along the proposed route, speaking to both sides in the heated debate over its construction.
OPINIÃO “Espectro do fascismo ronda a Amazônia” Para Bolsonaro, a Amazônia é apenas um lado não-desenvolvido e remoto do Brasil, que só conta em seus pronunciamentos como “lugar de índios, quilombolas e caboclos” ignorantes. Veja o artigo de Marcos A. Colon publicado pelo jornal Publico em 22 outubro 2018:
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