This school includes Boaventura de Sousa Santos, author of the epistemological proposal that gives its name to the course, researchers from the Alice project, as well as invited speakers that dialogue with the themes and perspectives under discussion. Among the latter is the well-known philosopher, political thinker and musician Lewis Gordon, along with artists and activists who will challenge and broaden the way we think and feel the world. Similar to what happened during the previous editions, participants will form a group with diverse backgrounds in terms of geography, experiences and knowledges.

As Boaventura states, we live at a time when the aggressiveness of the neoliberal global capitalism has been especially evident, a time of increasing polarisation between the world of fear without hope and the world of hope without fear. Ever more striking all over the world is the confrontation with a whole sort of violences and indignities resulting from extreme poverty; unemployment; environmental disasters and predatory resource extraction; violence in the name of race, gender, sexual orientation or disability; of religious fundamentalisms, the imposition of states of emergency, anti-immigration policies, etc. At the same time, increasingly confined social groups accumulate economic, social and political power. If the polarisation comes from far away, it is now more evident [A incerteza entre o medo e a esperança  (Uncertainty between fear and hope)].

During the first decade of this millennium, the global South was a space of hope. In recent times, in many places, the offensive struggles for the further development of democracy, expansion of rights and participation, gave way to defensive struggles, which aim to prevent the loss of rights achieved. Modern problems (liberty, equality, fraternity) are increasingly far from being resolved by modern solutions (revolution and reformism). The global North is at a crossroads, without solutions to the problems of the world, without solutions to their own problems. We need another ethics, another policy and considerable epistemological imagination to meet these challenges.

In this context, the Epistemologies of the South come forth to put into question the hegemonic centrality of the modern Eurocentric matrix project and wager on implementing a radical perspective that promotes cognitive justice and social justice. Stemming from a South-South and South-North dialogue, it denounces the colonial epistemological domination that systematically leads to suppression of knowledges inconsistent with the scientific canon defined by Western modernity and promote the recognition of knowledges born of social struggles against oppression and discrimination caused by capitalism, by colonialism and patriarchy towards the establishing of horizontal relations and mutual enrichment between various knowledges.

 Epistemologies of the South are based on four assumptions:

1.That the understanding of the world is much broader than the  Western understanding of the world;

2. That alternatives are not lacking in the world. What is indeed missing is an alternative thinking of alternatives;

3. That the epistemic diversity of the world is infinite and no general theory can hope to understand it;

4. That the alternative to a general theory is the promotion of an ecology of knowledges combined with intercultural translation.

What distinguishes our school



The epistemological imaginary of this Summer School goes beyond the conformist scientific convention. The school is an  active social laboratory where science, art, social struggle experiences, bodies and emotions come together.


We understand the course as a space for socialising, well-being, and the sharing of heterogeneous knowledges and mutual learnings between all. We recognise the centrality of production of knowledge beyond the walls of academia while seeking artistic production to challenge political imagination.

Academics, artists, other professionals, students and activists will share classes, science and social struggles workshops, art workshops, social and leisure time, conversations, reflection spaces, field trips and times planned by the participants. We propose diversity and intercultural dialogue. On the one hand, we recognise the extraordinary differences that make up the world, and secondly, we believe that shared experiences of struggle allow the creation of a South both diverse and united with a potential of resistance against colonialism, capitalism and patriarchy.

While acknowledging the operational difficulties of linguistic diversity, the Summer School refuses the hegemony of unique language and the exclusions that it promotes and is open to Portuguese or Spanish or English speakers. Translation will be partly provided by professional translators. During the moments otherwise not possible, the course will appeal to the shared responsibility of participants that can help in translation. The seminar coordinators the will be available in this collaboration.

Curia, in the Centro region of Portugal, with a natural park as landscape, is a perfect setting for a quiet and simultaneously intense week of learnings and mutual enrichment.





 In the light of the Epistemologies of the South, this course seeks to go beyond modern Eurocentric knowledge or, in the language of Epistemologies of the Southto go beyond abyssal thinking. Abyssal thinking is a metaphor  coined by Boaventura de Sousa Santos on the hegemony of modern thought.



Abyssal and post-abyssal thinking 

An imaginary line divides the world into the realm of “this side of the line” and the realm “on the other side the line” inhibiting co-presence. The other side, more than irrelevant, is produced as nonexistent. Overcoming abyssal thinking involves transforming absences in emergencies, ecology of knowledges, and intercultural translation. These epistemological instruments will be cornerstones of this Summer School and at the end, should be broadly understood by all.


Transformative Knowledge

The global sharing of experiences, knowledges and projects for social transformation will crucially broaden the discussions and perspectives in a spirit of collective enrichment. The goal is for everyone,  trainers and trainees,  to leave transformed and enriched. The construction of a collective that will not wither by end of the ten days of the school, rather preserving in space and time, continuing its goals, will be highly encouraged. 


Emancipatory Mapping of Social Struggles

Stemming from the challenge of ecology of knowledges, the School intends to build a more emancipatory mapping accomodating languages, stories, knowledges, options,  resistances and struggles typically excluded from the official narratives or classified as inferior and irrelevant. 




Who should apply



Applications are open to all those interested in participating in a challenging space of mutual learnings towards the decolonisation of thought and the struggle against capitalism, colonialism and patriarchy. We anticipate a  heterogeneous group, composed of academics of different fields, and other artists/professionals, students and activists, from different parts of the world. Participants' involvement in social movements or other forms of activism or social struggle is highly valued.





Application, registration and tuition



Applications run from October 18th, 2016 until February 1st, 2017. 

All those interested in participating in the Summer School must fill in the form below and attach a short cover/motivation letter and a short  CV.


1. The cover/motivation letter can be written in English, Portuguese or Spanish and should not exceed 700 words. This letter must state the candidate's path as a student, academic, artist, activist and/or other experience considered relevant, as well as the motivation for this application.

2. The CV should not exceed 2 pages;

3. Applicants will receive a confirmation that the application was received.

4. The course is limited to 40 participants. Applicants will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance until March 15th.



4 scholarships covering the full participation in the course (registration fee, accommodation, meals and transportation from Coimbra to Curia and back).

Applications for scholarships should be submitted simultaneously with the application for the course, selecting the option "Scholarship Application", included in the course’s application form.  
In this case, in addition to the short CV (up to two pages) and cover letter (up to 700 words), candidates must attach a letter of justification for the scholarship application, which should be no longer than 500 words.





Until April 20th accepted applicants must pay a deposit of 100€. This value, non-refundable in case of withdrawal, will be deducted from the total amount of the fee if registration is completed.

After paying the deposit, participants should proceed to the registration within the prescribed deadlines. There are various types of registration modalities with different fees.


Early Bird Registration. Deadline: April 30th 

payment by May 1st

Students: 880€
Regular: 1180€

Late Registration. Deadline: May 30th

payment by June 1st

Students: 1180€
Regular: 1380 €

The deadline for full payment of the registration fee is May 1st (early-bird registration) and June 1st (late registration).

In case of withdrawal, the registration fee will be refunded when notice of withdrawal is given at least 45 days before the course starts. Any cancellations after May 17th will not be subject to any refund.  Under no situation will the 100€ deposit be sibject to refund.

Notification of acceptance will be accompanied by guidelines for the participant regarding how to proceed with the deposit, the registration and payment of registration fee.

The organising committee will not be responsible for obtaining visas or support funds, but may provide assistance. The participants may request documents necessary to travel or obtain funding, including invitation letters.

For any queries relating to these matters, please contact the organising committee at





Seminar Coordinators


Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Professor of Sociology at the School of Economics, University of Coimbra (Portugal), Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School and Global Legal Scholar at the University of Warwick. He is the Director of the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra and Scientific Coordinator of the Permanent Observatory for Portuguese Justice. Currently he coordinates of the research project ALICE – Strange Mirrors, Unsuspected Lessons. He has published widely on globalisation, sociology of law and the state, epistemology,   democracy, and human rights in Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, French and German. Among his most recent and relevant publications are: Epistemologies of the South: Justice Against Epistemicide (Paradigm, 2014); Toward a New Common Sense: Law, Science and Politics in the Paradigmatic Transition (Routledge, 1995); The Rise of the Global Left. The World Social Forum and Beyond (Zed Books, 2006); Toward a New Legal Common Sense. Law, globalization, and emancipation (Butterworths, 2002).  > further

Bruno Sena Martins

Bruno Sena Martins is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. He is currently Vice-President of CES Scientific Board, executive co-coordinator of the Doctoral Programme "Human Rights in Contemporary Societies", and co-coordinator of the educational outreach activity "Ces Goes to School". Between 2013 and 2016, he was Co-coordinator of the research group "Democracy, Citizenship and Law Research Group (DECIDe)"In 2007 he was Research Fellow at the Centre for Disability Studies (CDS), School of Sociology and Social Policy. His research interests are centred on the body, disability, human rights and colonialism. He ha s undertaken ethnographic fieldwork in Portugal, India and Mozambique. > further

Flávio Almada
Flávio Almada, better known by his stage name Lbc Soldjah, is a Cape Verdean MC/Rapper and political activist, with a degree in Translation and Creative Writing, a MA student in International Studies and board member of the Cultural Association Moinho da Juventude. He began writing poetry/verses at the age of fourteen and has used hip-hop as a tool for awareness and emancipation. He has released two mixtapes (Soldadu 3 Mundu – Lágrimaz di Sangui/ Soldadu 3 Mundu – V2d – Destinadu a vensi) and multiple collaborations with national and international artists. He lives in the Cova da Moura neighborhood and is a member of several groups of social activists and artists, including “Nóz Ki Nási Ómi Ki Ta Móri Ómi" Ómi” and “Plataforma Ghetto”.
Jakilson Pereira 
Jakilson Pereira has a degree in Social Education from the Escola Superior de Santarém/Polytechnic Institute of Santarém and a MA in Education and Society from ISCTE. He has complementary training in the areas of citizenship, community intervention, education, youth, diversity and immigration. Trainer certified by the IEFP, he has focused his research on education, school organization, school, community, school-family relationship, parental involvement, black youth, artistic and cultural development, immigration, ethnic minorities and cultural heritage.  Was a research fellow at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra, under the research activity “Relação dos fatores maternos durante a gravidez e do padrão de crescimento durante o 1º ano de vida com o estado nutricional de adolescentes de origem portuguesa e africana”, Research Centre in Anthropology and Health (July to December, 2010). Coordinator of the Small Public Libraries Project - (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) at the Cultural Association Moinho da Juventude (March 1, 2012 to March, 30 2013). He is currently a board member the Cultural Association Moinho da Juventude and is part of the technical staff of the social response CAFAP (Center for Family Support and Parental Counseling). Coordinator of the project “Lisboa do outro lado do espelho” financed by Agência Viva - National Agency for Scientific Culture, developed the program “Inclusion for Science” named Integra, at the Moinho da Juventude Cultural Association (October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017). Jakilson Pereira, or Hezbó MC as he is known in the Hip Hop world, MC/Rapper and activist, released the mixtapes: “Entri Lagrimaz I Rimaz” (2008), “5 Séculos de indignação” (2012) of the Plataforma Gueto collective and Fight to End Freedom “Fight pá Txiga Freedom” (2014).
Jane Gordon
Jane Gordon is Associate Professor of Political Science.  She is a specialist in political theory, with a focus on modern and contemporary political theory, Africana political thought, theories of enslavement, political theories of education, methodologies in the social sciences, and political theory in film and literature.  Her first book, Why They Couldn’t Wait: A Critique of the Black-Jewish Conflict over Community Control in Ocean Hill-Brownsville (RoutledgeFalmer 2001), was listed by the Gotham Gazette as one of the four best recent books on civil rights.  She is co-editor with Lewis R. Gordon of The Companion to African American Studies (Blackwell Publishers, 2006), which was the NetLibrary Book of the Month in February 2007, and Not Only the Master’s Tools: African-American Studies in Theory and Practice (Paradigm Publishers, 2006). She is also co-author of Of Divine Warning: Reading Disaster in the Modern Age (Paradigm Publishers, 2009) and author of Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau through Fanon (Fordham UP, 2014). She has written chapters for several anthologies on political thought and Africana studies, and her articles have appeared in such journals as the C.L.R. James Journal; differences; Journal of Asian and African Studies; Journal of Contemporary Thought; Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy; Journal of Political Theology; Performance Research; Philosophical Studies in Education; Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies; and SOULS.  Her recent essay, which is the core of her next book project, “Theorizing Contemporary Practices of Enslavement: A Portrait of the Old and New,” won the American Political Science Association 2012 Foundations in Political Theory Best Paper Prize. She was the President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association from 2013-201
João Arriscado Nunes

João Arriscado Nunes is Professor of Sociology at the School of Economics and Researcher at CES. Co-coordinator of the Doctoral Programme "Governance, Knowledge and Innovation) and was a Visiting Researcher at FIOCRUZ in Rio de Janeiro. His research interests include social studies of science and technology (namely social studies of biomedicine, health and the life sciences and public engagement with science and technology), political sociology (democracy and participation) and social theory. Co-editor of Enteados de Galileu: A Semiperiferia no Sistema Mundial da Ciência (Porto:Afrontamento, 2001, with Maria Eduarda Gonçalves); Reinventing Democracy:Grassroots Movements in Portugal (London: Routledge, 2006, with Boaventura de Sousa Santos), The Dynamics of Patient Organizations in Europe (Paris:Presses de l'École des Mines, with Madeleine Akrich, Florence Patterson and Vololona Rabeharisoa); Objectos Impuros: Experiências em Estudos Sobre a Ciência (Porto: Afrontamento, 2008, with Ricardo Roque). He was PI of the projects BIOSENSE and "Evaluating the State of Public Knowledge on Health and Health Information in Portugal". Participated in other national and international research projects. > further

João Santos
João Santos Is an actor and professor of theatre and drama for children and young people at the theatre company O Teatrão, in Coimbra. He has a degree in Management from the Faculty of Economics of University of Coimbra, and Master in Culture Studies and Management at ISCTE- University Institute of Lisbon. His research focuses on theatre areas in public space as a dialogue with the urban silhouette and the community(s) participating in their daily lives, and the networking developed by artists, not only as a strategy for programming dissemination but as an attempt of land-use planning by the reconciliation of tangible cultural resources and intangible resources distributed by it. As an actor of O Teatrão, he calls attention to the following shows:  Terrenos Baldios (2015), directed by Joan Mattei, Três Irmãs (Making Of) (2015), by Chekhov, directed by Marco Antonio Rodrigues, and Conta-me Como É ( 2014), by Jorge Palinhos, Sandra Pinheiro and Pedro Marques, directed by Jorge Louraço Figueira. At the same time, in the training context, he has worked with Patrick Murys, Marcelo Evelin («Comunidade Artística Emergente #1», Festival Materiais Diversos, 2016), Antonio Mercado («Playing Shakespeare», 2014-2015), Marina Nabais («Contacto e Improvisação», 2012 e 2013), Rachel Chavkin («Devising with a Democracy», 2011), among others. Was stage assistant to Isabel Craveiro in  “Os Avôs” by Rory Mullarkey (2012), “Home Sweet Home” (2013) and “Punk Rock”, by Simon Stephens  (2016).
José Manuel Mendes

José Manuel Mendes, a researcher of the Centre for Social Studies - University of Coimbra, holds a PhD in Sociology by the School of Economics of the University of Coimbra, where he is an Assistant Professor. His research focus is on inequalities, social mobility, social movements and collective action and, more recently, on the themes of risk and social vulnerability.He is co-coordinator with Rita Serra of the Risk Observatory (OSIRIS) of the Centre for Social Studies. He also co-coordinates, with Luísa Sales, the Trauma Centre of the Centre for Social Studies.Among his more important publications are Os lugares (im) possíveis da cidadania. Estado e risco num mundo globalizado (co-edited with pedro Araújo, Almedina, 2013) and Do ressentimento ao reconhecimento: vozes, identidades e processos políticos nos Açores (1974-1996) (Afrontamento, 2003). > further

Lewis R. Gordon

Lewis R. Gordon is an Afro-Jewish philosopher, political thinker, educator, and musician, who was born on the island of Jamaica and grew up in the Bronx, New York, where he attended Evander Child’s High School, played jazz in NY night clubs, and went to Lehman College where he graduated with honors in philosophy and political science. He is a professor of philosophy with affiliations in Judaic studies, Caribbean and Latina/o studies, and Asian and Asian American studies at UCONN-Storrs. Gordon’s research in philosophy is in Africana philosophy, philosophy of existence, phenomenology, social and political philosophy, philosophy of culture, aesthetics, philosophy of education, and philosophy of science. In addition to theories of social transformation, decolonization, and liberation, Gordon’s research in social and political philosophy also addresses problems of normative political concerns beyond justice. As a public intellectual, Gordon has written for a variety of political forums, newspapers, and magazines. He continues to perform music: jazz with Matthew K. Holmes in the Hartford area, Blues without Borders (a combo of colleagues at UCONN), and, with his son Elijah Gordon and student Greg Doukas, ThreeGenerations (an alternative rock band). Their first EP, Now!, is available on music sites world wide. > further

Margarida Sousa

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Margarida Sousa was born in 1976 in Ourém. Graduates in Organisational Communication at the School of Education of Coimbra, in 2002. In 2000 she concludes  the Free Interpretation Course under supervision of Antonio Mercado. Later on she concludes her degree in Theatre and Education at the School of Education of Coimbra (2006). Among her training activities in theatre are the  Seminar " O Teatro em Contextos Especiais " with Dragan Klaic, in 2002, the workshop with Valentyn Teplyakov - " Fundamentos do sistema de Stanislavski " in 2005, and the Workshop " Teatro do Gesto " with Norman Taylor in 2010. Her professional activity in theater begins in 2005, at the company O Teatrão, where she takes office as Director, works as an actress, in the production area, and as a pedagogue in the Theatre Classes Project. As an actress, she worked with creators such as Antonio Mercado, António Fonseca, Corrina Manara, Dagoberto Feliz, João Mota, Nuno Pino Custódio, Marco António Rodrigues, Ricardo Correia, Jorge Louraço Figueira, Patrick Murys, among others. As pedagogue she has developed several educational projects in the theatre area for all audiences, especially the co-orientation in two Projetos Panos (2013 and 2014), a Teatrão collaboration with Culturgest, and in 2016, participation in the theatrical project "Detráspráfrente" developed with seniors.
Maria Paula Meneses

Maria Paula Meneses is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. She is also a member of the Centre for Social Studies Aquino de Bragança, in Mozambique. Among the research topics which she currently works on are postcolonial debates, legal pluralism, with particular emphasis on the relations between the State and the 'traditional authorities' in the African context , and the role of official history, memory and 'other' stories in the rescue of a broader sense of belonging in the field of contemporary identity processes, especially in the African geopolitical context. Maria Paula Meneses has taught at the University of Seville (Spain), SOAS (UK), Bayreuth (Germany), Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil), among others.Among her published works are: O Direito por fora do Direito: as instâncias extra-judiciais de resolução de conflitos em Luanda (co-edited with Julio Lopes, Almedina, 2012); Epistemologias do Sul (co-edited with Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Cortez, 2012); Law and Justice in a Multicultural Society: The Case of Mozambique (co-edited with Boaventura de Sousa Santos and João Carlos Trindade, CODESRIA, 2006). > further

Mick Mengucci
Musician, performer and multimedia engineer. Italian, residing in Lisbon, since 1998, mixes scientific skills with his music, poetry and art. He works as entertainer and singer in bands and coordinates artistic projects mixing spoken word with multimedia interaction. Gives workshops in schools, around poetry slam, digital arts and musicality in collaboration with other artists and human beings through the Lab.I.O. – Laboratory for Interaction with orality. Mick was finalist in the first slam he participated to (second poetry slam ever organized in Portugal by the “Festival do Silencio” organization in 2010) and then won many m onthly editions of Slam LX and two editions of Slam Sul. Apart from that he started the regular events of poetry slam in Portugal with a group called Poetry Slam Lisboa, now not active anymore, and the with Lab.I.O. Slam. > further
Raquel Lima
Raquel Lima is an author and a poetry slam activist. She participated in the Festival Silêncio 2011, during the evening dedicated to intervention poetry, before the singer and poet Linton Kwesy Johnson, and came in 1st place in the third edition of the Poetry Slam Portugal. She was invited to participate in Poetry Slam international events in Italy, France, Poland, United Kingdom, Belgium, Brazil, Estonia, Spain, Netherlands, Sweden and Sao Tome and Principe. As an Poetry workshop organiser and trainer she is responsible for the Poetry Slam Sul in Almada,  supported the launch of Poetry Slam in Aveiro, Cascais and Sines; streamlined Slam São Tomé, under the artistic residence 'Contemporary Portugal with Sao Tome and Principe'; collaborated in the project ‘Palavra Dita e Feita’ in Lisbon and Porto; organised the 1st Lusophone Poetry Slam under the Fourth Biennial for Lusophone Cultures; streamlined the Workshop 'Poetry and Gender' in Tartu (Estonia) and currently is the General Coordinator for PortugalSLAM - Plataforma e Festival Internacional de Poesia e Performance.  Raquel Lima has published poems in anthologies and Edições Côdeas, Fazedores de Letras, Poetas do Povo e ‘3,2,1,SLAM!, and is part of the instrumental spokenword group TAPETE. She is the founder of Pantalassa Cultural Association, graduated in Art Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and works as a cultural producer. > further
Renan Inquérito
Brazilian, Master in Geography by Unicamp and PhD candidate at Unesp, he began his trajectory as a teacher in rural settlements, moving on to teaching at elementary, middle and high schools and college. Artistically, he has been in the hip-hop movement since 1997, when he founded the rap group Inquérito, with which he recorded 5 albums throughout his career.
With three published poetry books his work blends art and education with a hip-hop and literature angle.  In his master's dissertation “Cada Canto um Rap, Cada Rap um Canto” [Every Song a Rap, Every Rap a Song] (Unicamp, 2012), told the story of Brazilian regionalities through rap. He co-authored the Rap Opera Global script with the sociologist Boaventura de Sousa Santos, with whom he also conducts research and is preparing a book.
Sara Araújo
Sara Araújo is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies and a member of the Research Group on Democracy, Citizenship and Law. She is co-coordinator of the project "ALICE - Strange Mirrors, Unsuspected Lessons: Leading Europe to a new way of sharing the world experience", in which thinking and research is being developed from the proposal of the Epistemologies of the South. Sara Araújo holds a PhD in "Law, Justice, and Citizenship in the Twenty First Century" from the University of Coimbra. Her master dissertation was awarded with the Prize Agostinho da Silva by the Lisbon Academy of Sciences. She was part of the Permanent Observatory for the Portuguese Justice and has been a member of the bi-national research team for the Revision of the Judicial Organization of Mozambique. Her main research interests are on issues related to legal pluralism, access to justice, community justice/Alternative Dispute Resolution/Informal Justice, Justice Administration in Africa, human rights and interculturality, ecology of knowledges and ecology of justices. > further  
Tainá Paiva Godinho
Tainá Marajoara, é uma mulher de 32 anos, miúda em seu pouco mais de 1,50, vem do povo originário aruã-marajoara. Fundadora do Ponto de Cultura Alimentar Iacitatá e coordenadora do projeto CATA - Cultura Alimentar Tradicional Amazônica , Tainá vem desenvolvendo argumentações que distinguem conceitualmente gastronomia e cultura alimentar, tecendo um discurso raro e politizado no cenário da cultura brasileira e sacudindo os especialistas em alimentação ao colocar seus estudos no espaço público e fazer da cultura alimentar uma ferramenta democrática para o alcance de direitos no Brasil e salvaguarda do planeta. Sua argumentação mobilizou povos indígenas,povos e comunidades tradicionais e embasou o reconhecimento da comida como cultura no Brasil, em 2013, durante a Conferência Nacional de Cultura, o que ainda resultou na formação de um Colegiado Setorial de Cultura Alimentar no Ministério da Cultura. Ela luta “pelo direito de sermos floresta”, levantando-se contra mídias, ruralistas e demais lobbystas do agrohidrobionegócio anunciando a violação de direitos, genocídio e a lavagem verde de dinheiro na Amazônia, tirando a paz dos burocratas e tirando de pauta projetos de lei "greenwashing" defendidos por chefs estrelados patrocinados pela indústria de alimentos e latifundiários. Sua enérgica incidência política ressignificou também a comida saudável, pois para ela "terra grilada não produz alimento saudável" e a luta pela cultura alimentar é uma luta pela vida. 
Teresa Cunha

Teresa Cunha was born in Huambo, Angola and lives in Coimbra, Portugal. She has a PhD in Sociology by the University of Coimbra with a comparative thesis on 'A feminist and post-colonial analysis of East Timorese and Mozambican women's power and authority strategies'. She is working in a post-doctoral project with the following title: Women InPower Women. Democracy, dignity and good-living in Mozambique, South Africa and Brazil. is a senior researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of Coimbra University. She is a professor at the College of Education in Coimbra, senior trainer of the Council of Europe and president of the NGO 'Action for Justice and Peace'. She has studied Philosophy, Theology, Sciences of Education and Sociology. Her research main interests are: feminism, post-colonialism and Indian ocean, human rights; women and post-conflict; security and memory, feminist economies. She has published the following books: Ensaios pela Democracia. Justiça, dignidade e bem-viver; Elas no Sul e no Norte; Timor-Leste: Crónica da Observação da Coragem; Feto Timor Nain Hitu - Sete Mulheres de Timor; Vozes das Mulheres de Timor; Andar Por Outros Caminhos; Raízes da ParticipAcção. She also published several scientific articles and book chapters in different countries and languages. > further


Important dates



Deadline for applications 

October 18th, 2016 to February 1st, 2017



Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance of the application 

until March 15th, 2017



Deadline for early-bird registration 

April 30th, 2017
registration fee must be paid until May 1st, 2017



Deadline for late  registration

May 30th, 2017
registration fee must be paid until June 1st, 2017



Deadline for deposit payment
(to be discounted in the total amount of the registration fee)

April 20th, 2017





The Summer School will be held at the Hotel das Termas - Curia, Termas, Spa & Golf, located at the village of Curia, in the Centro Region of Portugal, about  2 hours from Lisbon, 1 hour from Porto, 45 minutes from Aveiro and 30 minutes from Coimbra.
The organising commmittee will assure the transport from Coimbra, where the Centre for Social Studies is located, to Curia. The meeting point will be at the Centre for Social Studies on June 22nd at 11.00 am.
To get to Coimbra, you can fly directly to Lisbon or Oporto through various Airlines. You can also travel by train if coming from Spain.

From Lisbon or Oporto you can reach Coimbra by car or by train.

A. For information on how to get there by car, follow the links:

  • From Lisbon - 202 km - Get directions here
  • From Porto - 125 km - Get directions here

B. You can travel comfortably by train, following these directions:

  • From the Lisbon Airport:

Go to the ESTAÇÃO DO ORIENTE to catch a train to Coimbra. To get there you can choose the following options:
a) Taxi -  Approximately 10€ for a 10 minute trip.

b) Metro - Catch the red line and get off at "Oriente" (third stop). The metro works between  6h30 and 1h00m  and trains run regularly  in 7 to 10 minute loops. The fare, one trip charged, is 1,90€. See the Lisbon metro diagram here.
At Oriente, catch a train to a Coimbra-B (the fastest one is the Alfa-Pendular, 1h35m, 22,80€; followed by the Intercidades, 2h00m, 19,20€).

See Comboios de Portugal - CP


  • From Oporto Airport:

The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, in Porto, is 11 km away from the city, so getting a taxi from there to the railway station is quite expensive (20-25€, with 20 per cent surcharge in the evenings and weekends). The easiest and less costly way will be to take the Metro. The direction to it is signposted throughout the airport, so just follow the signs and take Line E (Purple) from the airport to the Campanhã railway station. Metro trains run about every 20 minutes from early morning until after midnight. That will take about 32 minutes and cost 2,20€ - a Z4 (zone four) ticket. See information on Oporto's metro here.
Catch a train to Coimbra-B. Three types of trains are available at the  Estação de Campanhã: the Alfa Pendular (fastest), the Intercidades and the regional trains. The Alfa trains take around an hour to get to Coimbra (16,70€). The Intercidades takes some more minutes to arrive (13,20€). 

See Comboios de Portugal - CP 



The Curia is located in the heart of Bairrada, a region known for fruity wines and gastronomy. In this area, you can visit some of the country's most famous cellars and taste their wines and sparkling wines. The region provides the combination of a peaceful and bucolic scenery and palaces in Art Nouveau, Belle Epoque style.

Parque Termal da Curia

The Curia Thermal Park, open all year, offers health treatments and a set of possibilities for those who wish to take advantage of the thermal waters in spa, anti-stress and weight loss programmes, or  for those simply  looking to relax. In the extent of the park, there are terraces, ponds, bridges, and, above all, a lot of  freshness and quiet atmosphere, ensuring visitors an encounter with nature.

Bairrada Wine Museum 

Open on September 27, 2003, the Bairrada Wine Museum includes, in addition to the permanent exhibition - Wine Route and temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. The collection on display mostly dates from the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century. The museum perfectly combines new technologies and the most modern audiovisual equipment, thus making this museum a cultural reference. Because of its unique features it is the host site of several cultural and artistic expressions.

Associação Rota da Bairrada

A public-private project, the Rota da Bairrada Association has 32 members, including the eight municipalities that make up the Bairrada territory; Anadia, Cantanhede, Oliveira do Bairro, Aveiro, Vagos, Aveiro, and Coimbra, institutions such as the Wine Museum, the Tourism center and Wine Commission, tourism officials; and Wine producers like Luis Pato, Campolargo cellar, Adega Cooperativa de Cantanhede, Casa do Canto, Quinta do Ortigão, Quinta da Mata Fidalga, Aliança Vinhos de Portugal, Quinta de Baixo, Caves do Solar de São Domingos, Caves São João, Quinta do Encontro and Caves Primavera.

At Espaço Bairrada, the former railway station of the Curia, any visitor can have access to a personalized routing of visits to the region; cellars, wineries, gastronomy, nature and heritage, culture and participate in vinous and cultural activities. Regional products are also available for sale here.

Aliança Underground Museum

The Aliança Underground is an exhibition space located in the wine cellars of Alliance Wines of Portugal. Contemplating eight different collections, this museum depicts areas such as archeology, ethnography, mineralogy, paleontology, tiles, ceramics and tin craftmanship covering an impressive length of time with millions of years.

Turismo Centro de PortugalTurismo de Coimbra

The Centro region, with its diverse cultural and environmental landscapes, sandy beaches, enchanting mountains and rivers, medieval villages and a vibrant night life, offers a wide range of possibilities to those who visit.


The Summer School will be held at the  Hotel das Termas - Curia, Termas, Spa & Golf, located in the village of  Curia, Centro Region of Portugal, about 2 hours from Lisbon, 1 hour from Porto, and 45 minutes from Coimbra. The Hotel provides access to the Curia Thermal Resort, the Curia Golf Course, with spa, turkish sauna, heated indoor pool and jacuzzi, outdoor pool and gym.






Centre for Social Studies (CES)

ALICE project operates under the auspices of the Centre for Social Studies (CES) 

The Centre for Social Studies was created within the School of Economics at the University of Coimbra four years after the Revolução dos Cravos (Carnation Revolution) of 25 April 1974, and has been headed by Boaventura de Sousa Santos since its foundation. When it was first created, it was clear that Portugal needed to know more about itself and to learn about Europe, given that it was involved in closer integration. Its interests, however, extended further than this. Once the European nation with the widest contacts outside Europe, Portugal was in a favourable position to serve as a port of transit for Europe and the non-European world. From the outset, some researchers have concentrated on studying Portuguese society and some on European affairs, whilst others have focused on Latin American and African contexts, with Asia also emerging as a field of study at the end of the 1990s.

The CES is, nowadays, an academic institution dedicated to research and advanced training in the social and human sciences. It has an extensive body of researchers working in various areas, including sociologists, economists, jurists, anthropologists, historians, specialists in education, literature, culture and international relations, geographers, architects, engineers and biologists.

In recent years, the scientific work of the CES has expanded significantly. Its body of researchers has grown continuously, the number of research projects has increased, international cooperative networks have been extended, work involving collaboration with outside entities has grown and the main mechanisms for disseminating scientific results are flourishing.

The research projects and international scientific networks in which its researchers have participated over the past decade confirm the dynamism of the Centre for Social Studies, which, in 1997 and in 1999, and more recently in 2005 and 2010, received recognition of its scientific merit when it was evaluated as Excellent (the highest classification) by an international panel, within the framework of the Evaluation Process for Research Units of the Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education. In February 2002, the CES was awarded the status of Associate Laboratory by the Ministry of Science on the basis of two central premises: firstly, its proven capacity to develop innovative research into different aspects of Portuguese society as well as into changes currently taking place throughout the world, with an emphasis on semi-peripheral and southern hemisphere societies, particularly in the Portuguese-speaking countries, and, secondly, the Centre’s involvement in matters of public interest, namely public policies and new forms of regulation, relations between academic knowledge and citizen participation, and, finally, the legal system and the reform of the administration of justice.

The University of Coimbra is located in the Centro Region of Portugal, city of Coimbra. With a history dating back to the end of the XIII century, the UC is the oldest university in Portugal and one of the oldest in Europe. On June 22nd, 2013 it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Epistemologies of the South Summer School I




This international summer school is part of a larger political and intellectual initiative, the ALICE project. At its outset, ALICE seeks to re-think and renovate socio-scientific knowledge in light of the epistemologies of the South, proposed by Boaventura de Sousa Santos. The objective is to develop new theoretical and political paradigms of social transformation. This summer course is composed of several seminars, all of them conducted in English.

Haunting Europe, and the Global North as a whole, there is a sentiment of intellectual and political exhaustion which translates as incapacity to confront innovatively the various challenges of justice that interpellate the world in the first decades of the twenty-first century: social, environmental, inter-generational, cultural, historical and cognitive justice. In contrast, the Global South, in its immense diversity, presents itself today as a wide field of economic, social, cultural, and political innovation.

ALICE is grounded on a wager that social, political and institutional change may largely benefit from the innovations occurring in the Global South. A demanding wager, to be sure, for it presupposes availability for mutual recognition, intercultural understanding, political and ideological convergence, respect for identity, and celebration of diversity.

Please watch Boaventura's invitation:




The seminars, to be coordinated by world-known scholars, cover several topics, such as:

• the democratic diversity of the world;

• social struggles in the Global South around the democratization and colonial and post-colonial liberation;

• movements for the refoundation of the State and bottom-up re-writing of constitutions;

• alternatives to capitalist infinite accumulation and environmental degradation;

• human rights from the perspective of  intercultural dialogues and other grammars of human dignity;

• transnational legal mobilization as a strategy to promote (women’s; indigenous’; peasants’, etc.) policies and rights;

• struggles for alternatives to development, among others.


This course is offered through the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra,  Portugal.


Among affiliated faculty are internationally recognized scholars:

Boaventura de Sousa Santos; Valentin Mudimbe; Cecilia M. Santos; José Manuel Mendes; César Rodríguez-Garavito; Maria Paula Meneses; Cristiana Bastos: Oscar Guardiola-Rivera; Albie Sachs; Sharit Bhowmik.

(see HERE detailed faculty info)


The aim is to provide students with a calm and reflective environment, enabling them to enjoy lively discussions with fellow students and faculty.





Gallery Summer School 2016 

Epistemologies of the South: Boaventura de Sousa Santos in Dialogue with ALICE




1. Who can participate?
Applications are open to all / as to be available to participate in a challenging area of mutual learning with the horizon of decolonization of thought and struggle against capitalism, colonialism and patriarchy. It is expected to form a heterogeneous group, composed of academics / as in different areas, and other artists / professional, students and activists, originating from different parts of the world. involvement is valued of / participants in social movements or other forms of activism or social struggle.

2. What are the working languages at the Summer School ?
While acknowledging the operational difficulties of linguistic diversity, the Summer School refuses the hegemony of one language and the exclusions that it  promotes and is open to Portuguese or Spanish or English speakers. Translation will be partly provided by professional translators. During the moments otherwise not possible, the course will appeal to the shared responsibility of participants that can help in translation. The seminar coordinators the will be available in this collaboration.

3. Will I have access to the Summer School’s Reading materials before the commencement of the course?
Yes. You will have access to the material on-line a month prior to the beginning of Summer School, at the least.

4. When and where will the Summer School be held?
The Summer School will be held between June 22 and June 30, 2017, at Hotel das Termas - Curia, Termas, Spa & Golf, Anadia, the village of Curia, about 30 minutes from Coimbra and Aveiro. For detailed information see Where and Important dates

5. Where will Summer School participants be accommodated?
Participants will be accommodated in a shared room at the Hotel das Termas - Curia, Termas, Spa & Golf, in Anadia, about 30km from Coimbra, Portugal. For more information see Where.

6. Will I have access to the internet during the Summer School?
Yes. The Hotel das Termas - Curia, Termas, Spa & Golf has wireless network.

7. Will I be entitled to a certificate of participation?
Yes. All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

8. Until when can I apply and what is the deadline for payment?
Applications run from October 20th, 2016 and February 1st, 2017. Up to April 20th, 2017, accepted candidates  shall pay a deposit of 100€. If Those  who complete their registration  until  April 30th, 2017, will benefit from a reduced rate. The deadline for payment is May 1st, 2017 (early registration) or June 1st (late registration with increased costs).

For more information see Application, Registration and Tuition and Important dates.

9. Does the registration fee include accommodation?
Yes. Registration includes participation in the seminars; accommodation in double rooms; breakfasts, lunches, dinners and coffee breaks; reading materials and transportation from Coimbra to Curia. Tuition does not include travel to and from Coimbra. For more information see Application, Registration and Tuition.

10. Does the registration fee include meals?
Yes. Registration includes participation in the Summer School, accommodation in shared double rooms at the hotel, lunches, dinners and coffee breaks, social programme and the course materials. For more information see Application, Registration and Tuition.

11. Will I receive a confirmation when payment is completed?
Yes. You will receive a confirmation the moment you register, including details for making a payment. As soon as you complete the fee payment you will receive a transaction confirmation.

12. Can I request documentation for visa purposes and support funding?
The organising committee will not be responsible for arranging visas nor support funds, however, it may assist in obtaining the necessary documentation for your trip, through the preparation and submission of letters of acceptance and/or certificates. For issues related to these matters, please contact us:

13. Do I need insurance?
Each participant must have a personal insurance coverage, including medical assistance in the case of emergency. We recommend that you also purchase a travel insurance. Please make sure you bring your insurance policy papers with you.



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