67 Search Results for "South America"

UNIperiferias has a new look!

| Brazil |

Welcome to UNIperiferias’ new cycle! UNIperiferias has renewed and resignified its visual identity, taking on a symbol of protection inspired by the warrior spirit of the reisado festival. We continue in the blessed enchantment of those who honor their past and value their future. Our knowledge is diverse. We are of the collective and of […]

public, environmental, and democratic health

Edition 5 of Peripheries Magazine, Public, Environmental, and Democratic health, launches amid a global pandemic crisis. This moment of historic challenge comes at a time of deep transformations in the dissemination of a regressive environmental agenda and an expressive growth in global ultraconservative socio-political forces, casting a light on the limits of society’s hegemonic model. […]

A Food System Transformation from the Favelas

The Sustainable Favela Network (SFN)
by Sophie-Anne Monplaisir

| Brazil |

As the new coronavirus swept across the globe, photos of empty grocery store shelves followed in its wake. Shots of depleted stocks and crowded supermarkets went viral on social media, raising concerns over the potential of broader food shortages around the world. Indeed, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has predicted the outbreak could […]

The Favela Wants to Live

by Gabrielle Araujo and Priscila Rodrigues | The Favelas Observatory

| Brazil |

“The sun rises on another day and everything is exactly the same.” Mano Brown coined this verse in O Homem na Estrada (The Man in the Street) in the 1990s. In an analogy, the song reflects, lucidly, on the mishaps residents of the favelas and peripheries experience daily. Since the beginning of March, the Brazilian […]

Paths of Resistance and Intelligence in Periphery Networks 

by Wagner Silva

| Brazil |

For more than 150 days, we have endured social isolation due to the novel coronavirus. And in this devastating scenario, fear and uncertainty plague us in relation to what to do in the present and, subsequently, in the future. During this period, the inconsistent decisionmaking and the lack of importance given by, mainly, the federal […]

Sensitive Approaches for Social Distancing in the Favelas

Bira Carvalho | Brenda Maria | Natalia Perdomo | Igor Freitas | Renato Errejota

| Brazil |

The situation we are experiencing, here and around the world, is tragic, the result of the pandemic and the unscrupulousness and perversity of our supposed authorities. In Brazil, as in other countries, coronavirus continues to scrape away lives in its accelerated infectious progression, favored by the genocidal policies exercised by the federal government, constantly indifferent, […]

Water! Our Right to a Common Good

Bira Carvalho | Bárbara Dias | Natália Perdomo | Fernando Jesus | Renato Errejota

| Brazil |

Opening the faucet and providing yourself with clean and safe water, a seemingly banal and simple act, is something unavailable to billions of people around the world.  At least 40 million city and metropolis residents do not have access to basic sanitation services. Although the United Nations has recognized, since 2010, the right to water […]

CIMI, The Missionary Council for Indigenous Peoples

by Roberto Antonio Liebgott

| Brazil |

In Brazil, since the onset of the government of Jair Bolsonaro, societal debates have proven intense, centered in an extremist vision established in the area of public administration, one based in the perspective of disqualifying politicians, decrying them as corrupt, leftists, reds, and communists. This poor and circular rhetoric — one that repeats the same […]

Heinrich Böll Foundation

by Marilene de Paula

| brazil | Germany |

In the 1980s, when I was an adolescent, movies often depicted the end of the world. Nuclear apocalypse was a reality, something that could take place in a matter of days. One of the movies that struck me the most was 1983’s “The Day After,” which told the story of a group of characters that […]

IPAD Institute for Thought and Action in Defense of Democracy

| Brasil |

The Institute for Thought and Action in Defense of Democracy (IPAD) is a program that arose within the Instituto Maria e João Aleixo, a think tank dedicated to training periphery specialists in order to spread the paradigm of peripheries’ potential.  Formed by activists with a long history of work in Brazilian civil society, IPAD is […]

Kariri History: An Arrow to Illuminate the Heart

By Raquel Paris

| Brazil |

Praise the caboclas of the forest! Praise Iracema! Praise Jurema! Praise the caboclas of the forest Iara, Jussara, Jupira, and Jandira! Ponto das caboclas - Camila Costa  Combing through the past has been like collective stickers in an album as a hobby when you were a kid. There was always one, two, or three missing; […]

Politics’ Continued Erosion of Sustainable Development for Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples

Sufyan Droubi | Raphael J Heffron

| Brazil |

“La fiebre del oro, que continúa imponiendo la muerte o la esclavitud a los indígenas de la Amazonia, no es nueva en Brasil; tampoco sus estragos” (Galeano 2004)   The plight of indigenous peoples in Brazil tragically illustrates the progressive erosion of the pillars of sustainable development. Although indigenous peoples play a crucial role in […]

Social Struggles and the Role of Conservation Units

Brasiliano Vito Fico

| Brazil |

Vargens as a peripheral space What Magalhães Corrêa (2017) called the Sertão Carioca (Rio Backlands) — a wild space, inaccessible, and absent of modernities — exists today in Vargens de Sernambetiba, or simply “Vargens,” the combination of the neighborhoods of Vargem Grande and Vargem Pequena. The two Vargens are the last border with the large […]


editorial PERIPHERIES 4, dedicated to the topic of public schools, features 20 contributions from Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Guinea-Bissau, India, Palestine, Paraguay and Syria , highlighting challenges and potencies in each unique context. Published in four languages (Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French) with ten different content types — Interviews, Articles, Photo Essays, Narratives, Special Contributions, […]



PERIPHERIES No. 3, our latest issue, is dedicated to the alternative experiences of the global peripheries, and gathers 21 contributions from 15 countries around the world. Published in four languages (Portuguese, English, Spanish, French) and divided into six editorial categories—interviews, articles, narratives, “born of the periphery,” book reviews, and features—Peripheries gives space to the differentiated […]


Bira Carvalho
Aruan Braga
Imagens do Povo
Observatório de Favelas

| Brazil |

Student protagonism: schools for, by, and of the students The Imagens do Povo (Images of the People) Project and Peripheries Journal are proud to present “Student Protagonism,” a photo essay that places the work of photographers Bárbara Dias and Antônio Dourado, invited contributors to this edition, in dialogue. In the current Brazilian scenario, the dispute […]


Luna Lyra
Silke Kapp
The MOM Group
Edmund Ruge

A question and a way forward How do women deal with the work of reproduction in temporary, interim, and unstable living situations? This was the question collectively defined by the authors of this text, within a study that seeks to broaden knowledge on the socio-spatial struggles in a feminist perspective and, at the same time, […]


Mariana Cortez

| Paraguay |

The original presence of the Guarani communities, sometimes noticeable in the habitants’ [physical] features as traits or predominant markings and, also in the language, comes together in the context of the Living Latin American Books on the Triple Border project. However, due to innumerable historical, social, and linguistic factors, Guarani communities are invisibilized and devalued. […]


Arthur Viana
Maycon Sardinha
Shyrlei Rosendo
Edmund Ruge

“Apesar de você, Amanhã há de ser outro dia”[1]: The original title of the article in Portuguese is anything but casual: it speaks volumes on the dreams and potencies of those that live in the peripheries. It also alludes to how the subjects of these territories reinvent and build their daily lives to guarantee their […]


William Corrêa de Melo

| Brazil |

The Potency of Nurturing Relationships in the Classroom The central argument is that students feel embraced by nurturing strategies, especially when there exist high educational expectations and positive stimuli (compliments, etc) and efforts toward approximation and student engagement in school processes. These positive perceptions create possibilities for relationships that favor the teaching and learning process […]


Aruan Braga
João Felipe Brito
Edmund Ruge

Ever since the industrial revolution brought about the paradigm of daily travel from home to work and from work to home, the cities of industrialized societies have come to experience this periodic, massified dance of moving bodies. During at least two grand moments every day, at dawn and dusk, the city shifts from fixed to flowing.  The […]


Fábio Borges do Rosário
Marcelo José Derzi Moraes
Rafael Haddock-Lobo

| Brazil |

Why read female philosophers? Behind the initial question that the title of this text raises are a few other questions and exclamations that seem to require further thought before we enter into our speculations. First, we need to remember this as a matter of fact: there are female philosophers, and there always have been. As […]

Daniel de Souza: Between Loves and Quilombos in the Black Amazon

Raquel Paris

| Brazil |

To tell this story, we need to go back 200 years. More precisely, we need to go back to the second half of the 18th century, when the first men, women, and children of bantu origin, coming primarily from Angola and the current Democratic Republic of the Congo, were brought to the livestock and cacao […]


Mariana Costa

| Colombia |

Open Paths of Nurturing in Latin American Public Education Education is especially valuable in the precarious political contexts of Latin America; it serves as a means of resistance and a common good. Above all, public schools resist via pedagogical reinvention, especially when they are adapted to each school community on a daily basis. In Colombia, […]


Vilma Almendra
Manuel Rozental   ‘A SKETCH OF THE FORMS OF 'BUEN VIVIR' OF PIOYÁ, CAUCA’* Edwin Pipicano
Ángela Gutiérrez
Jorge Sarria
Charlotte Broadhurst and Thea Pitman

The Indigenous movement of Cauca, Colombia has historically been characterized by the many resistance movements that have emerged from Colombia’s armed and negotiated struggles. Its wider recognition, both nationally and internationally, has come as a result of land recoveries carried out between the 1970s and 1990s and the creation of the Consejo Regional Indígena del […]


Clara Carolina de Oliveira Costa
Geovanna Laura Santos Januario
Isabela Kaila da Silva Cunha

Edmund Ruge

| Brazil |

Poetry in school, ideas in poetry The Akewí Poetry Slam of Viçosa, Minas Gerais, works to recognize and value peripheral and black cultural and artistic manifestations. Through poetry sustained in the civilizing values of ancestral black African societies, in orality and corporeality — reconstructed from African cultures brought by the diaspora of black slavery — […]


Salvador Schavelzon*
Thea Pitman

During 2018, a heterogeneous group of people – hailing from indigenous communities located in the present-day Northeast Brazil and Southwest Colombia, more or less formal third sector groups with a primary focus on indigenous empowerment, and from universities in the UK, Brazil and Colombia – came together to work on a research network project exploring […]


Mauricio Ernica
Maria Alice Setubal

| Brazil |

> > >  IDeA - Indicador de Desigualdades e Aprendizagens The defense of the right to education requires educational indicators to ensure its realization. With such indicators, it is possible to both produce precise descriptions and explanations of our educational reality, identifying advancements and challenges, as well as formulate appropriate public policies. The construction of […]


Eduardo Alves
Edmund Ruge

From the COMMON to Politics  We have chosen to open this edition of PERIPHERIES with the conceptualization of the COMMON. In Commonwealth,[1] authors Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri offer the following explanation. “first of all, [there is] the common wealth of the material world—the air, the water, the fruits of the soil, and all nature's […]


Vinebaldo Aleixo de Souza Filho

| Brazil |

An Engaged Pedagogy, Hand-in-Hand with the Practice of Freedom I magine that a black female thinker, an intellectual and activist from the US with decades of experience in teaching at different institutions, rang your doorbell or paid a visit to your school, university, collective, restaurant… and began talking to you about the challenges and potencies […]


Patrícia Santos

| Brazil |

Patrícia Santos: We’re aware of your trajectory as an educator, Secretary of Education for the Municipality of Belo Horizonte in the state of Minas Gerais, in the Secadi — the Secretariat of Continued Education, Literacy, Diversity, and Inclusion — and also in the Ministry of Education at the Federal level. You also taught at the […]


| Argentina |

We are members of the Bachillerato Popular Alberto Chejolán, a school of young people and adults that has been in operation since 2012 in Villa 31, a popular neighborhood in Buenos Aires that has been fighting for its place within the city for more than 80 years. Our school forms part of the local organization […]


Amauri Eugênio Jr.

| Brazil |

Defining the artist and man Andrio Candido is an arduous task, seemingly impossible when viewed with inattentive eyes. A fundamental part of this is the consequence of his jack-of-all-trades profile, given that he is an activist in several different areas. But an important part of the equation for understanding Candido lies in the way in […]

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

Visual Poetry: Daniela Catrileo
Photography: Rocío García
Editing and Introduction: Carolina Herrera Águila
Lemuel Robinson

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 […]

Photographic Essay – "Imagens do Povo" Project

The COMMON in movement through the images of Bira Carvalho

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 […]

Interview with Roberta Estrela D'Alva + "Resist - Afoxé do Mangue"

Signs of Turbulence
Ecio Salles
Edmund Ruge

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 […]

Democratizing the body and politics - Transexual and peripheral perspectives on democracy and dictatorships

Gilmara Cunha and Graham McGeoch
Shawn Provost

A conversation between a theologian and a transgender woman who met each other in Maré. Graham - Democracy is fragile and it must be constructed daily. This is not to speak of representative democracy, which frequently represents the financial elite, centers of power and heterosexual bodies. This is about participatory democracy, or “insurgent democracy,” to […]

Democracy and Cabanagem

Aiala Colares de Oliveira Couto
Wellington Frazão

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 […]


Patrícia Santos

| Brazil |

Patrícia Santos: What elements in the construction of the myth of failed public schools and private school superiority do you think are worth highlighting? Ricardo Henriques: There exists a breadth of literature that creates an enormous difficulty for advancements in the agenda of republican, lay, public schools, based in the argument that public schools are […]


Photographic Essay: The Periphery Narrated by its Own People

In the reigning narrative present in a large part of the media, the lack of understanding about peripheral territories produces and drives prejudice and stereotypes that directly affect the lives of periphery residents in their search for formal work, even legitimizing the violence committed against them. But we inherited from our ancestors other forms of […]

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

Udi Mandel Butler*

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 […]


| Brazil |

School management for equality: paths to an anti-racist education Following the ratification of the 1988 constitution, basic public education experienced a series of advances. While these may not have been as swift and intense enough to guarantee rights for all to this day, they were advances nonetheless. The example that best demonstrates this progress is […]

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

Graham Gerald McGeoch*
Translation from Portuguese: Dani Lauria

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 […]


| Brazil |

For the defense of educational and cultural rights, and for indicators of educational quality Ação Educativa, Educational Action, is a São Paulo-based NGO that has worked in the fields of education, culture, and youth, with a human rights perspective, since 1994.  We train and support groups of educators, youth, and cultural agents. We also develop […]

Alejandro "Pitu" Salvatierra

“Educación te permite a entender”: an interview with Alejandro “Pitu” Salvatierra
Edmund Ruge

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 […]

Visual Writings from the Imagens do Povo Project

Bira Carvalho
Francisco Valdean
Marcia Farias
Rosilene Miliotti

Florin Bühler

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 […]


Julia Spence

The word “Wa” means “to walk” in the indigenous language of Kariri (the people that lived here and gave our region, Cariri, its name). This is the name we chose to represent ourselves. We are a collective of diverse women but we walk together. Together we create, together we express, together we redefine and bring […]


Lucía González and Luciana di Leone
Núcleo Poesía (Laboratório da Palavra – PACC - UFRJ)
Colaborators: Estela Rosa, Taís Bravo, Claudia Sampaio, Juliana Assis, Núcleo Tradução (Laboratório da Palavra - PACC - UFRJ)

It is always difficult to do an anthology. A narrow cut-off can never account for heterogeneous poetic experiences. From the small space of this anthology - selected, presented, constructed and translated collaboratively by Laboratório da Palavra (PACC.UFRJ) - we intended to maintain and deepen this diversity of dictions without fulfilling the need of representing a […]

Maloqueirista Poetry

By Caco Pontes e Lino Teixeira
Translation: Edmund Ruge, Daniel Stefani, Lino Teixeira

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 […]


Edmund Ruge

We are a revolutionary Latin American movement that grew out of the heart of the villas[1]of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Founded more than 15 years ago, we have grown to include 120 territorial assemblies in 12 Latin American countries. Why La Poderosa? The word “power” carries immense importance for all members of the organization, and, while […]

From the Right to the City to the City of Bridges

Clarice Libânio
Edmund Ruge

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 Instituto Maria e João Aleixo Continues on the Path to the Construction of an International University of the Peripheries

Priscila Rodrigues
In its two years of operation, the Instituto has undertaken various initiatives with the goal of connecting the world’s peripheries

The Instituto Maria e João Aleixo (IMJA) turns two in June. Its ongoing process of construction is exemplified in its name: at first João, then João e Maria, and finally, Maria e João, breaking with the pattern of highlighting masculine figures. Maria and João Aleixo are two central characters in a history that began, like […]

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

by Jailson de Souza e Silva
Julia Sá Earp

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. […]

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 […]

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

Translation from Portuguese: Daniel Stefani

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 […]

The Paradigm of Potency and the Pedagogy of Coexistence

Fernando Fernandes, Jailson de Souza e Silva and Jorge Barbosa
Instituto Maria e João Aleixo (IMJA) | UNIperiferias

| Brazil |

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 difference. […]


Gabriele Roza
Karla Gregório

"Entrepreneurship in Brazil is led by the black population. 131 years ago, Bahia’s tray vendor women bought their emancipation selling food. We have a very strong entrepreneurial vein; it is in our DNA," says Adriana Barbosa, director of the Black Fair Institute. The Business Owners in Brazil report, by Sebrae [Brazil’s support service for micro […]


To our partner and friend, the masterful Ecio Salles The poet, cultural producer, and partner of ours in so many undertakings, has left us prematurely. Born in the Olaria neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Salles made the peripheries of this urban metropolis the territory for his poetic invention. As a creator and mobilizer of words […]


Tom Farias
Edmund Ruge

Reflecting on the written memory of Minas de Gerais author Carolina Maria de Jesus (1914-1977) requires care and effort. For someone that barely knows or has never heard of the author of the book Quarto de despejo–diário de uma favelada, published in August of 1960, we must start at the beginning. Carolina Maria de Jesus […]

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

by Jorge Barbos
Daniel Stefani

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 book […]

Redes da Maré - WOW as a possibility for uniting female power in the contemporary world

Eliana Sousa Silva
Renata Peppl

The WOW - Women of the World Festival is an initiative created by British Artistic Director Jude Kelly during her years as Creative Director at Southbank Centre (one of the largest cultural centers in the world, based in London), where she worked for over a decade. Since its launch in 2010, WOW has aimed to […]

Catalytic Communities: The Role of the Peripheries in Democracy

Luisa Fenizola
Desirée Poets

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 […]

The Subject of Skin... Ours or Yours?

Patricia Santos[*] and Luis Aser[**]
Edmund Ruge
Book: Ramos, Lázaro. Na minha pele. Rio de Janeiro: Objetiva, 2017, 147p.

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 […]

NARRA Agency

Edmund Ruge

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 […]

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 […]