Black Women And Violence: the Struggle for Justice In Brazil and in The United States | 13 a 15/3/2017 Imprimir E-mail
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Conference dates: March 13, 14 and 15, 2017
Time: from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Address: Av. Prof. Mello Moraes, 1721 - Cidade Universitária – Butantã – São Paulo
Conference room: Auditorium Aurora Furtado – Bloco B


Discuss the first results of the research Black Women and Violence: The struggle for justice in Brazil and in the United States, which objective is to understand and describe the ways that black women are exposed to violence and how they deal with this phenomenon and its effects, identifying their personal and collective strategies for fighting for justice.

In December 2013, The United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared 2015-2024 the International Decade for People of African Descent (Resolution 68/236). With this, the world forum reiterated that people are born free and equal, with dignity and inherent rights. The declaration states that any racial superiority doctrine, in addition to being scientifically false, is also “morally condemnable, socially unjust and dangerous, and should be rejected (ONU, 2013). As they observe, “despite efforts to the contrary, millions of human beings continue to be the victims of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and correlated intolerances, including some contemporary manifestations [of racism] that take on a violent form.” The UN asserts the need for national, regional and international cooperation in guaranteeing economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights to people of African descent so that they can equally participate in society. Yet, guaranteeing the rights of people of African descent requires a gendered analysis of racial inequality. Globally, the violence that arises from anti-Black racism impacts people differently according to gender, sexuality and class. Recognizing this fact, this research proposal seeks to investigate the gendered impact of racism on Black women in Brazil and the United States from a comparative perspective.

This seminar will present the initial findings of the project Black Women and Violence: The struggle for justice in Brazil and the United States. This research project acknowledges the problem of “multidimensionality” that black women experience and lays out an intersectional research approach to investigate the gendered lived realities of racism in Brazil and in the United States in order to better understand the true similarities and differences between the two national contexts.

The purpose of this seminar involves the evaluation and the dissemination of preliminary results of the research, in addition to promoting community accountability. Further benefits include enhancing research expertise among coordinators, associated researchers, fellows and graduate and undergraduate students of both institutions: USP and University of Texas at Austin.

• Racism
• Violence
• Justice
• Gender inequality

Target audience
Psychology graduate and undergraduate students, researchers, activists, psychologists, social workers and other interested parties

Organizing committee
Alessandro de Oliveira dos Santos, Alice Marrone Marcolino, Flávia de Paiva Alves da Silva, Gabriel Castro Siqueira, Gisela Lays dos Santos Oliveira, Jackeline Aparecida Ferreira Romio, Larissa Costa dos Santos.

Center of Study of Labor Relations and Inequalities (CEERT)

São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)


1st day: March 13, 2017 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm – Opening class of the graduate course: Black Women and Violence: The struggle for justice in Brazil and the United States.

2nd day: March 14, 2017 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Roundtable 1: Research Experiences in Austin, United States of America.

3rd day: March 15, 2017 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Roundtable 2: Research Experiences in São Paulo, Brazil.


Instituto de Psicologia da USP

Av. Prof. Mello Moraes 1721
CEP 05508-030
Cidade Universitária - São Paulo - SP

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