Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Coimbra (Portugal), and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned an LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale University and holds the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, by McGill University. He is director of the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra and has written and published widely on the issues of globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, social movements, human rights and the World Social Forum in Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, French, German and Chinese.
His most recent project - ALICE: Leading Europe to a New Way of Sharing the World Experiences - is funded by an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC), one of the most prestigious and highly competitive international financial institutes for scientific excellence in Europe. The project was initiated in July 2011 and will continue for the next five years. He has published widely on globalization, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, democracy, and human rights in Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, French, German, Chinese and Romanian.
His most recent books in English are: (author) Toward a New Legal Common Sense: Law, Globalization and Emancipation. London: Butterworths, 2002; The Rise of the Global Left: The World Social Forum and Beyond. London: Zed Books, 2006; Epistemologies of the South. Justice against Epistemicide. Boulder/London: Paradigm Publishers, 2014; If God Were a Human Rights Activist. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2015; (editor) Democratizing Democracy. Beyond the Liberal Democratic Canon. London: Verso, 2005; Another Production is Possible: Beyond the Capitalist Canon. London: Verso, 2006; Another Knowledge is Possible: Beyond Northern Epistemologies. London: Verso 2007; Voices of the World. London: Verso 2010; (with Cesar Rodriguez Garavito) Law and Globalization from Below. London: Cambridge University Press, 2005).
Mx Injairu Kulundu
Injairu Kulundu is a social practitioner, a vocalist and lyricist that uses politics, drama and arts-based methodologies as part of her praxis. She believes that learning for a sustainable future requires a devotion to learning at the edge of our subjective boundaries and meaning making in the world. She has experience in creating and engaging in social learning projects that invoke the possibilities of engaging the whole person (including: the heart, the body, the intuition and the imagination) at these boundaries. She is interested in mapping the transgressive learning of Change Drivers on the continent in order to better understand how we can regenerate what liberatory pedagogy could look like in contemporary Africa. The intention here is to regenerate the praxis of liberatory pedagogy on the African continent in a way that can provide sustenance and collective resonance for Change Drivers in Africa that are leading themselves towards a future worthy of their longing.