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Fernando Baldraia

Fernando Baldraia concluded his undergraduate studies in History at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in 2003. However, it was his engagement in grass roots organizations in the periphery of Osasco (São Paulo) as well as his involvement with afro-Brazilian culture what brought him to Germany, to work as assistant in a capoeira group. There, he obtained his Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Latin-American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin (2012) with a scholarship from the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. A doctoral degree, focusing on the Black Atlantic and recent Brazilian historiography of slavery, came soon afterwards in 2017, as a conclusion of his involvement in the International Research Training Group Between Spaces (FU Berlin). His current research aims to refine the notion of difference that underlies the situational and relational epistemological approach as proposed in Mecila’s research programme. In order to carry out this task, he takes the intellectual exchange between Axel Honneth and Nancy Fraser on the issues of recognition and redistribution as a paradigmatic case, to build a basis on which the concept of difference can be reframed. Specifically, this involves drawing largely from critical racial studies and from queer and feminist theories, as well as from postcolonial approaches to Latin America’s entanglement in modernity.
Maya Manzi
Maya Manzi has a PhD in Geography from Clark University, Worcester (MA), a Masters in Geography from McGill University, Montreal (QC) and a BA in Geography from Université Laval, Québec (QC). She did a Postdoctoral research in the Post-Graduation Program of Architecture and Urbanism at the Federal University of Bahia (PPGAU-UFBA) in Salvador, where she is member of the research group Lugar Comum. Her research interests include the political ecology and moral economies of agrofuel production, territorial and socioenvironmental conflicts, urban and agrarian social movements, insurgent planning, the production of natures and subjectivities, and the everyday embodied experiences of neoliberal academia.
She currently works on the knowledge dimension of conviviality in unequal societies of Latin America and the Caribbean. She examines how knowledge (geo)politics and practices are implicated in the making of particular configurations of conviviality and inequality. She focuses on a specific, often overlooked, form of conviviality – that which characterizes nature-society and human-nonhuman relations.
Luciane Scarato
Luciane Scarato holds an MPhil in Cultural History from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas  (2006) and a doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge (2017). Her research interests include Atlantic History, colonial Brazil, cartography, material culture, Latin American Studies, and Iberian modern empires. Her monography on the Brazilian mining district of Minas Gerais titled Caminhos e Descaminhos do Ouro nas Minas setecentistas: contrabando, cotidiano e cultura material was published in 2014.

Her current research examines the historical (re)construction of unequal contexts, experiences, and actors in Latin America. She focuses on various ‘turning points’ throughout the colonial period up to the early 20th century, that indicate a change in existing models of conviviality, difference, and inequality. In doing so, this reconstruction aims to demonstrate that the study of inequality throughout different historical periods can contribute to an understanding of conviviality as an innovative analytical concept.