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May 2016 to December 2017

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Audio Urgencies! Land. Goethe-Institut, São Paulo, 11.03.2017

We need to gather (together).
We are living in times of urgencies.
The flows of information are over-encoding the flows of bodies.
Arguing is no longer enough.
Showing is no longer enough.
Seeing is no longer enough.
Posting, liking, sharing, blocking.
Arguing is no longer enough.
Showing is no longer enough.
Seeing is no longer enough.
Posting, liking, sharing, blocking.
Desire that is summarized, convergent, captured?
Desire that is individual, individualist,
moral, dualist.
To make friends and stay connected;
to be available; 24/7.
Capitalism re-organizes itself, but does not settle.
Instrumental reasoning, imperialist, neo-liberal rationality.
Capitalistic reasoning. Classist reasoning. Racist reasoning.
Colonial slave owner unconsciousness.
Algorithms and diagrams.
What really matters is to produce, it doesn’t matter what.
Catastrophes generate profits,
And massacres statistics; or not even that anymore.
Saturation points.
Points of inflection?
We insist, we insist, we insist…
Will we always be late?
We react, more than we act,
Have we become reactionaries? Conservatives?
Have we forgotten that the only thing to preserve is life and its conditions?
We need time to think.
We need to organize ourselves.
We need a new left.
Or a beyond left?
To resist on other planes.
Do we need?
We who?
Germs of the world born out of the intolerable.
To sustain the germination period.
Political imagination
“Fight like a girl”

Each edition lasts eight hours and includes the participation of invited guests whose involvement has stood out nationally and internationally in the specific areas of the proposed debates. The invited guests make short presentations in order to stimulate ways of thinking and questions, and act as interlocutors with the participants in attendance. Themes discussed include the media, the various lefts, education, racism, immigration, among other themes that must urgently be debated.

URGENCIES! Creates situations for debate on:

  - the hegemony of the media, the management and the manipulation of information, the production of meaning that goes beyond the centers of dominant signification;

  - the invigoration of new manifestations and articulations of feminism, as well as of black, indigenous and trans movements, racism, homophobia, ethnocide, feminicide, transphobia;

  - the destruction of territories and ways of life; monocultural homogenization; capitalist decoding and articulations of desire;

- education, training, learning and research as critical and collective experimentation for decolonization processes and the production of worlds;

  - the society of control and the police State;

  - the new neoliberal rationale.

The Programa de Ações Culturais Autônomas (Program for Autonomous Cultural Action P.A.C.A.), in partnership with the Goethe-Institut São Paulo, proposes to hold a series of six events throughout 2016-2017 titled Urgências! (Urgencies!). The events seek to foster a space for the present debate about events and questions that are presented daily as an exception, something new, an accident, as news, and which thus appear to be taking society by surprise. But, with perspective, further examined, taking more time, we realize that such events are systematically inscribed as fundamental to understanding Brazil.

“Urgências! Feminismo” (1)

“Urgências! Feminismo” (2)

“Urgências! Meça seus privilégios

Flavia Marreiro



Flávia Marreiro is subeditor of the Spanish newspaper El País in Brazil. Was, for over a decade, a journalist for Folha de São Paulo, having been a correspondent for the newspaper in Caracas and Buenos Aires. In 2014, was a fellow of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University (United Kingdom).

Jens Glüsing



Born in Hamburg, is a Latin American correspondent for the German magazine "Der Spiegel." Has lived in Rio de Janeiro since 1991. Is the author of “Das Guayana-Projekt” and "Brasilien - eine Landeskunde". 

Djamila Ribeiro

Philosopher and researcher


Columnist for the magazine Carta Capital, is a graduate in Political Philosophy from Unifesp and a researcher in the fields of Political Philosophy and Feminism.

Paula Miraglia

Social scientist and anthropologist


Co-founder and editor of the journal Nexo. Social scientist and a Doctor of Anthropology from the University of São Paulo. Was Director of several NGOs, including the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime in Canada. Former consultant for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Holmes Wilson

Digital activist


Co-founder and Director of Fight for the Future, an organization based in the USA that defends digital rights. Has been developing activism campaigns, organizations and applications for social change since 2003.

Hailey Kaas

Translator and a writer


Hailey Kaas is a translator and a writer, a militant transfeminist and coordinator of the Transfeminism Collective.

Lilith Passos

Student and activist


At 15 years old, participated in the occupation of a school in November 2015—part of a large movement that occupied several public schools in the city of São Paulo. The daughter of journalists and activists, since a very young age has been involved in various struggles, particularly those in support of black women’s rights and the rights of residents of the periphery of the city.

Suely Rolnik

Psychoanalyst, curator, critic of art and culture


Full professor at PUC-SP, coordinates, among other programs, the Center for Subjectivity Studies and Research.

Kelly Gillespie


South Africa

Kelly Gillespie is a senior lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand. Gillespie's research interests include criminal justice, legal anthropology, and the notions of history, race, and sexuality in South Africa. Her current work is on intimate violence and its refashioning of the relationship between public and private spheres, as well as of judgment in criminal courts. She will participate in the episode Observatory of the South.

Neo Muyanga

Musician and composer

South Africa

Neo Muyanga works as a conductor and tours with various companies and producers, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Handspring Puppet Company, Paco Pena’s Flamenco, and William Kentridge. In addition to being “resident composer” at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and at the Humanities Research Institute (HRI) at the University of California, his research focuses on black aesthetics in the genre of opera.

Andreza Delgado

Student and activist


Literature student, feminist, militant for the black movement. Participant in the Coletivo Ocupação Preta (Black Occupation Collective), which brings together students at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and advocates for greater inclusion of poor black youth in the institution.

Daiara Tukano

Professor, artist, militant indigenous feminist


Human rights defender, Daiara Tukano is a member of the Tukano indigenous people from the Amazon and currently serves as a political correspondent on Rádio Yandê, the first indigenous radio station in Brazil. Is pursuing a Master’s in Human Rights researching the right to truth and indigenous memory in Brazilian elementary education. Lives in Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil. 

Flávio Donizete da Costa



He teaches Portuguese Language for Municipal Education of São Paulo and is an Umbanda Bàbákekere Priest at Ilê Aşè Alaketú Oba Ofá Omi. 

Ruth Camacho



Legal advisor at the Pastoral Center for Migrants / Peace Mission from 1993 to 2013. Founder of Latin American Presence (PAL) and of the Folkloric Cultural Association Brazil – Bolivia. Currently works at the Association of Bolivia Communicaters in Brazil (Ascombolbra). 

Hasan Zarif



Representative of the “Palestinian Movement for All” (MOP@AT). 

Erica Malunguinho

Pedagogue, art-educator and cultural agent


Committed to the training of teachers and art educators, created and administers "Aparelha Luzia," a cultural center for black arts and cultures. Is collaborator at the Amanar Center at the Casa das Áfricas and at the Group for Black Political Expressions (GAPP). Holds a Master’s in Aesthetics and Art History from the Universidade de São Paulo.

Giovana Xavier



Giovana Xavier is a professor at UFRJ and coordinator of the Black Women Intellectuals group.

Silvia Federici


Italy / USA

Born in Italy, Federici has lived in the United States since the 1960s, where she forged her feminist activism and collaborated with the black movement. In the 1980s, she lived and taught in Nigeria, where she worked with women's organizations and fought against the structural adjustment policies being implemented in Africa.

Sandra Benites



After completing the South Atlantic Rainforest Indigenous Intercultural Teaching degree program, she was nominated in 2014 by the Guarani community of Rio de Janeiro to take over pedagogical coordination of the Municipal Secretariat of Education of Maricá (RJ). She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Social Anthropology at the National Museum of Brazil. She is a member of the Institute of Knowledge of Native Peoples-Jacutinga Village.

Revista DR


DR is a magazine of politics and culture made by women. It aims to offer conversation with close attention to tone, in which it is possible to have a voice without having to incorporate the language and gestures of regimes of “truth”. Its editors are: Ana Kiffer, Fernanda Bruno, Mariana Patrício, Oiara Bonilla, Tatiana Roque and Thamyra Tamara.



The P.A.C.A. – Program for Autonomous Cultural Action expresses itself through regular activities that are free to the public, open seminars, textual production, work groups and other presentation formats, as well as collective dynamics of discussion and production.

Arjun Appadurai

Social-cultural anthropologist

India/ USA

Arjun Appadurai is Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, where he is also Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge. In 2016/17 he is a Visiting Professor at the Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt University Berlin. Appadurai has published a number of seminal books within the field of globalization studies. Most recently, he published “Banking on Words. The Failure of Language in the Age of Derivative Finance” (2015).

Lia Vainer Schucman



Lia Vainer Schucman holds a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of São Paulo. Her postdoctoral research (USP/FAPESP) deals with the topic of "Interracial Families: a Psychosocial Study of Racial Hierarchies in Family Dynamics". She is the author of "Between Dingy, White and Lily White: Race, Hierarchy and Power in the Construction of Whiteness in São Paulo" and "Power in the City of São Paulo".

Diran Castro



Diran Castro is an educator in arts spaces and researches groups that turn to the maintenance of power structures in whiteness. Castro also researches the construction of heterosexuality in 18-25 year old wealthy, white men from a specific region of the city of São Paulo.

Conceived and organized by Goethe-Institut | Programa de Ações Culturais Autônomas (Program for Autonomous Cultural Action P.A.C.A.)