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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.45

"Love is over! This is going to turn Chile!”: Inspirations, affects and solidarities between the Brazilian and the Chilean student movement in the fight for public education


  • Paula ALEGRIA

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This paper aims to analyze how the Chilean experience on schools occupations vividly inspired the contemporary Brazilian student movement in the fight for education. More than a chorus of protest, "Love is over! This is going to turn Chile!” highlights a broader network of affects and solidarities and also points to a shared agenda in the current political conjuncture. Based on the articulation between Anthropology and Social Movement Theories, this paper consists of an investigation on student activism in the fight for public education in Brazil, focusing on how they have been putting in motion political dynamics that bring up the relevance of the recent Latin American radical participatory democracy experiences. During my PhD studies, I have focused on the experiences of High School students who politically engaged on the latest cycles of public schools occupations in Brazil, openly inspired by the Chilean experiences (2006 and 2011). Years later (2015/2016), Brazil witnessed three cycles of students’ occupations in schools, also known as the “Student Spring”: 1) in 2015 in Sao Paulo against the governor’s school reorganization project; 2) in the first half of 2016, against the privatization of education and the spending cuts for infrastructure in schools; and 3) by the end of 2016, when almost 1,200 occupied schools protested against the educational reforms, such as the ‘Middle Cycle Education Reform’, the constitutional proposal limiting public spending for 20 years in education and the ‘School Without Parties’ law, which sought to persecute teachers considered as “leftist” or “Marxist”.