Join us for the Inauguration of the Christopher Mitchell Distinguished Lecture Series with Brazilian philosopher and journalist, Djamila Ribeiro. Her lecture examines how Black intellectuals have opposed founding myths of Brazilian society. Ribeiro will call upon, especially, the critical work of Brazilian Black feminists, like Lélia González and Sueli Carneiro, in order to consider them together with the insights of Abdias do Nascimento and Kabengele Munanga. Her analysis explores how they dismantle the rationale of scientific racism in order to question the ideology of racial democracy, as well as its continued impact and appeal beyond Brazil in several international academic centers.
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Born in 1980, Djamila Taís Ribeiro dos Santos holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a master’s degree in Political Philosophy from the Federal University of São Paulo. She is the coordinator of Plural Feminisms, which comprises the Plural Feminisms Space, the online platform Plural Feminisms and the editorial label Sueli Carneiro, which publishes The Book Collection Plural Feminisms.
She is the author of the books “Place of Speech” (Jandaíra / Plural Feminisms), “Who’s Afraid of Black Feminism?”, “Short Anti-racist Guide” and “Letters to my Grandmother” (Companhia das Letras), with translations into three languages. She is also a visiting professor at the journalism department of the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP) and a guest researcher at the University of Mainz (Germany).
She is an immortal occupant of the chair #28 of the Academy of Literature of São Paulo. Columnist of the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo and the German magazine Der Spiegel, she was assistant secretary for Human Rights in São Paulo in 2016. She is a laureate of the 2019 Prince Claus Prize, awarded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and considered by the BBC as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in the World.
In 2020, she won the Jabuti Award, the most important in Brazilian literature, in the category of Human Sciences, for A Short Anti-racist Guide. In 2021, she was the first Brazilian person in history to be honored by the BET Awards, granted by the USA Black community.
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