X Oxbridge Conference on Brazilian Studies

The X Oxbridge Conference

The X Oxbridge Conference on Brazilian Studies will take place online on two separate dates, the 4th and the 11th of November 2022. The theme for this year’s edition is “Modernity and Coloniality in the Brazilian Thought“, focusing on the experience of the unfulfilled promises of modernity in the so-called World periphery. Oxbridge is a multidisciplinary conference organised by the Cambridge University Brazilian Society (CUBS) and the Oxford University Brazilian Society (OUBS) since 2011. It aims to promote the circulation of ideas and practices between academia and civil society in Brazil and in the United Kingdom. 


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 04, 2022: Cambridge, Faculty of Education – 184 Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 8PQ.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2022: Oxford, Nissan Lecture Theatre, 27 Winchester Rd, Oxford OX2 6NA

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2022: Oxford – Nissan Lecture Theatre, 27 Winchester Rd, Oxford OX2 6NA.

  • 16:00 UK (13:00 Brazil) – Opening
  • 16:15 UK (13:15 Brazil) – Guest Speakers: Helena Nader and Ricardo Galvão
  • 17:15 UK (14:15 Brazil) – Q&A
  • 18:00 UK (15:00 Brazil) – Break
  • 18:15 UK (15:15 Brazil) – Paper Presentations
  • 20:15 UK (16:15 Brazil) – End

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The conference at a glance

🗨 Register for free to attend the Conference.

1. Paper submissons will be open until 10th September 2022 NEW DEDLINE: 15th September. Those who wish to present a paper must fill the form available here.
2. The X Oxbridge Conference will be free of charge and attendance certificates will be provided.
3. This edition will include two days of online thematic conference on 04/11 (Humanities at Cambridge) and 11/11 (STEM at Oxford). 
4. Presentations will be held in Portuguese and English.
5. The conference will be broadcast via Zoom Webinar and Youtube channel. Online audience participation will be through Q & A mediated by the conference team. 
6. The programme of activities and speakers will be announced soon.

Modernity and coloniality in the Brazilian thought

In the Year of the bicentenary of Brazil’s independence and the centenary of Brazilian Modern Art Week, the Oxbridge conference proposes the debate “modernity and coloniality in the Brazilian thought,” focusing on the experience of the unfulfilled promises of modernity in the so-called World periphery. Departing from the independence of Brazil to the present day, we propose the debate on the endogenous and exogenous ideas of Brazil that forged the development models in the country. How to explain the challenges of contemporary Brazil and its permanent inequalities being a central part of Latin America? This year, Oxbridge invites us to imagine other realities, possibilities, and alternative futures in Brazil’s social, economic, technoscientific, and cultural spheres, seeking to escape from a subordinate logic by proposing and engaging with new looks at what constitutes the concept of Modern. 

The time could not be more propitious for this task. Worldwide, Brazilian academics advance in their research despite the lack of resources. From vaccines to social sciences, from the environment to the economy, we open space for the presentation of researches and experience exchanges on topics relevant to the country. This year the event will feature two thematic panels: Society, Politics and Culture; and Health and Environment [Keynotes to be announced in due course].

Oxbridge 2022 encourages the submission of essays related to Brazil, with relevant and current topics, preferably addressing, albeit tangentially, the theme of the conference.

Paper submission – deadline closed

About the organising committee:

– The Cambridge University Brazilian Society is a society organized by Brazilian students at the University of Cambridge that aims to bring some of our Brazilian culture to the University and Cambridge; socialising through events that promote culture and debates; to develop partnerships to collaborate with Brazilian and British institutions, and to welcome newcomers and be a source of information to all Brazilian students about life in the UK and the university. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn

–  The Oxford University Brazilian Society proposes to be a central hub for Brazilians at Oxford and for Brazilian-related events happening at the University. Our goals are: to support Brazilians at the University of Oxford; to publicise research developed by Brazilian students and research on Brazilian issues developed in the University; to publicise the University of Oxford in Brazil and attract new students; to publicise Brazilian issues as potential objects of study and investigation in the University of Oxford; to foster cooperation and engagement between research groups in Brazil and research groups at the University of Oxford. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram

Guest Speakers

Vanda Witoto is a Witoto indigenous leader, teacher, health professional and political leadership in the Amazonas Sustainability Network. Vanda is the first Amazonian woman vaccinated against COVID in the country. She had great prominence throughout Brazil and the world when she set up a health support unit during the oxygen crisis in Manaus, Brazil. Because of this, Vanda got immense support from national personalities and artists, ensuring visibility and influence. In addition, Vanda defends the strengthening of the Sistema Único de Saúde – SUS (Unified Health System), public education to guarantee the specificities of indigenous education and the implementation of legislation to guarantee the right to land for traditional communities and their sustainable development.

Nina da Hora is a computer scientist, researcher and activist. Her work can be found in the intersection between race, gender, inequality and the relationship between algorithms and society, Ethics in AI, and Data Privacy. She is a researcher at the Center for Technology and Society at Fundação Getulio Vargas, a columnist for MIT Technology Review Brazil, and a member of the Tik Tok Brazil Security Advisory Council and the commission for transparency in the 2022 Brazilian elections. In 2021, Nina was featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list from Forbes Brazil.

Helena Nader is currently president of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (2022-2025), a Professor at UNIFESP (1989) and a CNPq scholar (level 1A). She has held several administrative positions, including Vice-Rector at Unifesp, and has been Honorary President since 2017 of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC). She is a member of several councils, such as the Superior Council of Fapesp, CD of CNPq and Council of the FNDCT. In addition, she is an advisor to several national and international journals. Her work involves glycolchemistry, and glycobiology focused on studying the structure and biological function of proteoglycans, especially heparin and heparam sulfate, with particular emphasis on the function of these compounds in hemostasis, control of cell division and cell transformation.

Ricardo Galvão is a prominent Brazilian physicist and engineer. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Fluminense Federal University (1969), a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of Campinas (1972), a PhD in Plasma Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1976), and a “Livre Docente” Degree in Experimental Physics from the University of São Paulo (1983). He is full professor of applied physics at the University of São Paulo, having previously held the positions of Director of the Brazilian Center for Physics Research (2004-2011), President of the Brazilian Physics Society (2013-2016) and Director of the National Institute for Space Research (2016-2019). He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and was bestowed the Sandoval Vallarta Physics Prize by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy (1984), the Distinguished Physics Teacher Award by the University of São Paulo (1992), the Commend of the National Order of Scientific Merit, Brasília (2008), the Carneiro Felippe Medal by the Brazilian National Commission for Nuclear Energy (2015), accolated by Nature one of the ten people who mattered in science in 2019, and received the 2021 AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility.


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