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Democracy and Cabanagem

Belém’s peripheral neighborhoods function as urban spacialities, dynamic in their construction of territorial identities, and closely intertwined with the diverse forms of social and cultural reproduction that emerge as logics for the day-to-day lives and survival strategies of their populations. Belém’s peripheral expansion came about through a deterritorializing process, in which part of the population […]

Catalytic Communities: The Role of the Peripheries in Democracy

We tend to speak from a place of fear and disillusionment concerning Brazilian democracy. However, for a long time, we have been fighting to stop talking about favelas and peripheries from this place of fear and disillusionment. We at Catalytic Communities believe in the power, creativity, and solutions that stem from favelas and peripheries. We […]

State Geopolitics and Quilombo Territory in The 21st Century by Diosmar M. Santana

STATE GEOPOLITICS AND QUILOMBO TERRITORY IN THE 21ST CENTURY by Diosmar M. Santana Filho[1] Paco Editorial publishing, 2018. 260p   A geopolítica do Estado e o território quilombola no século XXI (Paco Editorial, 2018) was born of the Masters research undertaken by the geographer Diosmar Santana Filho at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). The […]

Instituto Maria e João Aleixo | International University of the Peripheries

The contemporary world has witnessed the rise of a new wave of authoritarianism. The threat to democracy takes hold in the contours surrounding our democratic institutions and values, questioning them from a conservative and even regressive political lens. Progressive forces have proved themselves unable to organize a cohesive discourse and strategy to confront the erosion […]

Photographic Essay – Bira Carvalho – “Imagens do Povo” Project

Images of popular spaces, such as the favelas and urban peripheries, which are usually marked by stereotypes of poverty and stigmas of violence, overcome such restraints in the images of Bira Carvalho. With sensitivity and audacity, the author challenges light, color and angle to bring forward the COMMON as an inherent part of everyday life […]

Mapuche Intervention – Work 18.314: Mari pura warangka küla pataka mari meli

The Mapuche people is the most represented original peoples living in what is today Chile. In colonial times they worked for the conquistadors, oligarchs, and landowners; later some began emigrating in search of opportunities to escape poverty just as the majority of people cut off from the metropolitan areas did. They have resisted since the […]

Alejandro “Pitu” Salvatierra

On leaving prison in 2008, Alejandro “Pitu” Salvatierra tells me, “It almost returned to me, all of that violence that I had left behind.” Pitu had completed secondary school while in prison in La Plata, Argentina and achieved the highest graduating GPA in the entire city. Over and over again, his penal record made him […]

NARRA Agency

Black and brown people make up nearly 40% of journalism students in Brazil. This is according to a study by Diversa (a collaborative online platform for educational practices), based on the 2016 Brazilian Higher Education Census. Those who self-identified as “yellow”[1] students represented less than 2%, and indigenous students less than 1%. If the scope […]

Ailton Krenak – The Power of the Collective Subject – Part II

THE TIME OF THE MYTH  It is a completely absurd myth to say that we, the indigenous, alongside the black people, forcibly brought from Africa and thrown here, and the white people, some of them coming without knowing what the destination was, came to constitute the base of our civilization. This is a complete cheapening […]

Maloqueirista Poetry

Maloqueirista Poetry was born in 2002, the child of a meeting of poets tying their work to the city of São Paulo. Since then, the group’s ambulant and nomadic identity has allowed them to begin a popular dialogue, meeting the people where they are. This relationship with the popular territories and the flux between the […]

Ailton Krenak – The Power of the Collective Subject – Part I

Ailton Krenak couldn’t have emerged with a more pertinent interview or at a more pertinent moment. Now is the time to hear a voice that inspires, one that shakes our perceptions, keeping our clarity and conscience from being swept away in the wind. Introducing a figure such as Ailton Krenak is not an easy task. […]

Transforming the Imaginary of Marginality: Some Experiences from Rio de Janeiro

This article is based on action-research carried out in Rio de Janeiro between 2005 and 2009 that sought to understand how young people perceived and practiced what we termed public action in the context of a socially and economically divided city.[1] In 2005, I worked with Marcelo Princeswal and a small team of researchers from […]

Visual Writings from the Imagens do Povo Project

On Friday morning (July 1, 2004), Professors João Roberto Ripper and Ricardo Funari assembled students of the first ever Escola de Fotógrafos Populares (EFP – School of Popular Photographers) class in front of 26 Rua Guilherme Maxwell,[1] giving the final instructions for the group’s “Images of the People” project (Imagens do Povo). This type of activity […]

Interview with Roberta Estrela D’Alva + “Resist – Afoxé do Mangue”

In the early 1990s, Heloísa Buarque de Hollanda[1] organized an event called Sinais de Turbulência (Signs of Turbulence). There, intellectuals, artists and activists began to ponder the question of when social and cultural actions in and of the favelas, in response to growing violence, placed the peripheries at the center of the map. The FLUP […]

From the Right to the City to the City of Bridges

The “right to the city,” what a wonderful term! Of all those that summarize, signify, aggregate and condense a series of thoughts, of different philosophies and positions! After all, who disagrees with the right to the city? The term is strong, almost atemporal, some would say! What a well composed, condensing concept! It is so […]

The Subject of Skin… Ours or Yours?

This is a book that speaks not only of a certain content, but also of an author that covers himself in his work. An author – actor – producer… and black! Even if this final descriptor were left unsaid (many would say it is unnecessary, that it reinforces certain stereotypes and prejudices), we wouldn’t dare […]

Revisiting the ‘Theology of the City’ in the Perspective of Maré, Rio de Janeiro

Abstract Beginning with a lived experience in the Complexo da Maré favelas, this text revisits the theology of the city developed by liberation theology. The influences of José Comblin and Juan Luis Segundo are noted, discussed and questioned in light of processes of urbanisation and in dialogue with social science literature about Maré. The article […]

The Paradigm of Potency and the Pedagogy of Coexistence

Introduction At present, hate and social indifference dominate public debate, political rhetoric and media narratives. They gain momentum in the disrespect generated by ethnic, moral and religious discourse — one that emphasizes opposition to the other, to the different. In this regressive social scenario, there has arisen a paradigm that threatens democracy and tolerance for […]

Instituto Maria e João Aleixo | For an International Network of the Peripheries

The Instituto Maria e João Aleixo (IMJA) seeks to construct a movement to connect the world’s peripheries in a global network. We now present PERIPHERIES Journal as a strategic tool in this construction. The conception and creation of this publication is a great challenge for the Instituto and editorial board. Grounding our thought and design […]