10-14 Oct

[2022] Colonialities and their Contestation

Negotiating Conviviality in Latin America

Mecila Annual Meeting and Young Researchers Forum 2022

Image: Agência Senado


[2022] Colonialities and their Contestation

Negotiating Conviviality in Latin America

Mecila Annual Meeting and Young Researchers Forum 2022

Images: Agência Senado

Configurations and regimes of Conviviality-Inequality in Latin America and elsewhere have been continuously framed through colonial legacies and their contestation. Often, the historically constituted social reality imposes inequality, (post)colonial hierarchies, and multiple violences onto bodies, memories, knowledges, and materialities of everyday life. While this has resulted in increasing social divide and political polarization, both artistic-poetic practices and civil protests contest this state of affairs and offer alternative horizons. Under these tasking circumstances, the forms and registers of living together among humans, non-humans, and more-than-humans are at stake.

Addressing Mecila’s yearly theme “Colonialidades”, the Annual Meeting and Young Researchers Forum 2022 bring together some of the most promising debates on contestations of colonialities that have a stake in the continuous negotiations of conviviality in Latin America. The Distinguished Dialogue offers an intersectional, feminist, and decolonial reading of the current social revolts and institutional changes in Latin American countries. The Keynote Lecture uncovers the relative autonomy in reflexive-poetic practice pitted against the historical regimes of social suffering. The three Round Tables engage the challenges of democratic practice, polarization and suffering further, as well as contestations, openings and new becomings, not least in urban settings. The Workshops/Panels and Young Researchers Forum invite for debate on current research projects at/related to Mecila, focusing in particular on the entanglements of colonialities and conviviality with life and the Anthropocene, gender and patriarchy, as well as the body, memory and the situatedness of knowledge production.

Conviviality-Inequality, Mecila’s key conceptual framework, raises due awareness for the empirical detail of processes, practices, and materialities, as well as the resulting contradictions, ambiguities, and tensions in the contemporary contestations and negotiations occurring in Latin American societies and states, as well as beyond. The Annual Meeting aims to reinforce multiple, empirical and theoretical dialogues and relational perspectives that can contribute to societal and scientific regenerations.

Location: Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros – Universidade de São Paulo, CEBRAP, Museu Afro Brasil
The Keynote Lectures will be recorded and uploaded to Mecila’s YouTube Channel.


All times are shown according to the Brazilian Time (BRT).



Arrival and Registration

at Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros (IEB-USP)



Sônia Salzstein (IEB Director) 
Sérgio Proença (AUCANI President) 
Barbara Potthast
 (Mecila Director/ Universität zu Köln)
Sérgio Costa (Mecila Coordinator/ Freie Universität Berlin)
Samuel Barbosa (Mecila Director/ Universidade de São Paulo)


Distinguished Dialogue: Interseccionalidad y de (colonialidad) en la actual coyuntura política latinoamericana. Un debate necesario

Chair: Barbara Potthast (Mecila Director/ Universität zu Köln)

Mara Viveros Vigoya (Univ. Nacional de Colombia)
Flavia Rios (Univ. Federal Fluminense/CEBRAP)





Arrival and Coffee

at Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros (IEB-USP)


Roundtable 1:  Decolonising the Urban: Multilayered and Multiscalar Aspects of Coloniality

RA [Hi]Stories

Chair & Discussant: Tilmann Heil (Mecila Postdoctoral Investigator/ Universität zu Köln)

Jörg Dünne (Mecila 2022 Senior Fellow/ Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin )
Daniela Vicherat Mattar (Mecila 2022 Senior Fellow/ Leiden University)
Ramiro Segura (Mecila Associated Investigator/ Conicet)
Jeffrey Lesser (Mecila Advisory Board Memeber/ Emory University)




Visit to the library of the Institute of Brazilian Studies [IEB]


Workshop 1: Conviviality, Coloniality and the Anthropocene: Radical Transformations around Life

RA Medialities

Chair: Clara Ruvituso (Mecila Postdoctoral Investigator/ Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut)
Discussant: Barbara Göbel (Mecila Principal Investigator/ Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut)

Ana Carolina Torquato (Mecila 2022 Junior Fellow)
Maya Manzi (Universidade Católica do Salvador)
Astrid Ulloa (Mecila Associated Investigator/ Universidad Nacional de Colombia)


Coffee break


Workshop 2: Gender, Coloniality, Conviviality

Chair: Marianne Braig (Freie Universität Berlin)
Discussant: Mariana Teixeira (Mecila Postdoctoral Investigator/ Freie Universität Berlin)

Vanessa Massuchetto (Mecila 2022 Junior Fellow)
Jessica O’Leary (Mecila 2022 Junior Fellow/ Australian Catholic University)
Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez (Mecila Advisory Board Member/ Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)
Laura Flamand (Mecila Principal Investigator/ El Colegio de México)



Arrival and Coffee

at Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento


Young Researchers Forum (Cebrap)

Chair: Moacyr Novaes (Mecila Principal Investigator/Universidade de São Paulo)

Doctoral Investigators presentations
Discussions by Advisory Board and Executive Board members




Keynote Lecture: Um continente a escrever: o grau zero da literatura diante de si e da história

Chair: Gesine Müller (Mecila Principal Investigator/ Universität zu Köln)

Edimilson de Almeida Pereira (Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora)



Arrival and Coffee

at Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros (IEB-USP)


Workshop 3: Bodies, Memories and Epistemologies

Chair & Discussant: Susanne Klengel (Mecila Director/ Freie Universität Berlin)

Simone Toji (Mecila 2022 Junior Fellow/ Belas Artes University)
Raphael Schapira (Mecila 2022 Junior Fellow)
Olívia Gomes da Cunha (Mecila Advisory Board Memeber/ Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro)




Roundtable 2: Social Suffering and Horizons of Democracy in Latin America

RA Politics

Chair: Samuel Barbosa (Mecila Director/ Universidade de São Paulo)
Discussant: Sérgio Costa (Mecila Coordinator/ Freie Universität Berlin)

Kathya Araujo (Universidad de Santiago de Chile)
Marcos Nobre (Mecila Principal Investigator/ Universidade Estadual de Campinas/ Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento)
Jairo Baquero (Universidad del Rosario)
Bianca Santana (Casa Sueli Carneiro/ Instituto Singularidades)




Roundtable 3: Is Polarisation Affecting Conviviality in Latin America? The Cases of Argentina, Brazil and Mexico

Chair: Juan Piovani (Mecila Principal Investigator/ Universidad Nacional de La Plata)
Discussant: Peter Birle (Mecila Principal Investigator/ Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut)

Débora Maciel (Universidade Federal de São Paulo)
Richard Miskolci (Universidade Federal de São Paulo)
Bianca Tavolari (Mecila Principal Investigator/ Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento)
Marta Machado (Mecila Principal Investigator/ Fundação Getúlio Vargas/ Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento)



Arrival and Coffee

at Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros (IEB-USP)


Parallel Sessions

Executive Board Meeting and Advisory Board Meeting

Young Researchers Forum II




General Assembly

Mecila thanks the Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros (IEB-USP), the Museu Afro Brasil and the Museu de Arte Moderna for its facilities and technical support.

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