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Maria Sibylla Merian Centre Conviviality-Inequality in Latin America

Maria Sibylla Merian Centre Conviviality-Inequality in Latin America The Mecila – Maria Sibylla Merian International Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conviviality-Inequality in Latin America examines past and present forms of social, political, and cultural conviviality in Latin America and the Caribbean. It employs conviviality as an analytical concept to describe ways of …

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Working Paper 24 is now available

In “Ancestral Knowledges and the Ecuadorian Knowledge Society”, political scientist Julia von Sigsfeld (Universität Potsdam) traces how so-called ancestral knowledges were elicited in unprecedented ways in the context of bringing about a change of the productive matrix in Ecuador, as biodiversity was conceptualized as the country’s most significant comparative advantage. The Working Paper Series is …

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Diálogos Mecila – Listen to episode #05

For the #05 episode of the Diálogos Mecila we invited  researchers Peter Birle (Mecila Principal Investigator, IAI), Camila Rocha (Cebrap) and Fernando Baldraia (Mecila former Postdoctoral Researcher) to debate conservatism in Brazil, USA and India. The rise of conservative regimes throughout the world is no longer a new phenomenon. How did the new or radical …

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Virtual colloquia: Medialities of Conviviality​

The Research Area Medialities of Conviviality will hold regular virtual colloquia. The first session, “Medialities of conviviality: inequality,” takes place on July, 8th (16-18h MEZ). This first meeting starts with internal sessions to foster the discussions within the Research Area. In the Research Area, scholars from different disciplines work together. In addition to the coordinators …

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Working Paper #23 is now available

In the latest issue of the Mecila Working Papers Series, Alejandra Mailhe (Universidad Nacional de La Plata and former Senior Fellow of Mecila) analyzes the resignification of the indigenous cultural legacy in the work of late 19th century and early 20th century Argentinean intellectuals. (in Spanish) The Working Paper Series is published under an open-access …

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Have you heard Diálogos Mecila?

Mecila now has a podcast! Through debates, discussions and interviews with our researches and external guests, “Diálogos Mecila” intends to be a platform for the voices of those who observe the world through the lenses of conviviality-inequality. You can listen and subscribe to the Diálogos Mecila on the podcast player of your choice. The episodes …

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From Hatred of Difference to Identity Compulsion: Authoritarian Personality Today

From Hatred of Difference to Identity Compulsion: Authoritarian Personality Today How a classic concept stemming from Critical Theory such as that of authoritarian personality can be mobilized in order to face current social contexts? This is the question addressed by Karin Stögner, Professor of Sociology at the University of Passau (Germany), on her open lecture at the …

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Evaluation Panel unanimously recommends the establishment of Mecila

Evaluation Panel unanimously recommends the establishment of Mecila From September 2nd to 4th, Mecila received in São Paulo an international commission of eleven members, including academics and observers, to evaluate the development of the Center during its first two years of operation and its proposal for the next six years. After inspecting Mecila’s physical facilities …

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Event: “From Socionatures to Humanoid Robots: Transdisciplinary Perspectives on the Relations between Humans and Non-Humans”

Event: “From Socionatures to Humanoid Robots: Transdisciplinary Perspectives on the Relations between Humans and Non-Humans” We are living in increasingly technological times in which humanoid robots are gaining agency in social life. This is why we want to discuss from different scientific perspectives how relations between humans and non-humans are defined, negotiated and transformed. This …

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