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The Opening Ceremony and Lecture ritually framed the Conference start.
All the SMUS Conference Brazil 2022 activities took place within a ritual frame, which in temporal terms set in by means of the Opening Ceremony. This event started after Prof. Dr. Fraya Frehse welcomed the following authorities: Ms. Martina Hackelberg, the German Consul General in São Paulo; Ms. Fabíola Gerbase, Deputy Director of the DAAD Brazil; the SMUS director Prof. Dr. Nina Baur; Prof. Dr. Leopoldo Waizbort as Dean of the USP Department of Sociology; and Prof. Dr. Rubens Beçak as representative of the USP Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Maria Arminda do Nascimento Arruda, who was unfortunately unable to join the Ceremony.
During the Opening Lecture, in turn, the SMUS lead partners Prof. Dr. Gabriel Faimau, Prof. Dr. Fraya Frehse and Prof. Dr. Nina Baur addressed experiences from Botswana, Brazil and Germany regarding how to “decolonize research practice”.
The six keynotes provide the SMUS community with the limits and possibilities implicit in some of the latest Latin American methodological debates on six regional issues of global scope.
On Conference Day 1, the Brazilian anthropologist Prof. Dr. Artionka Capiberibe addressed the past and present fieldwork trajectory of women anthropologists as to empirical research with and on indigenous peoples in Brazil. The Conference Day 2, in turn, comprised three keynote addresses. First, the Brazilian geo-informatician Prof. Dr. Gilberto Câmara tackled the challenges and possibilities implicit in the use of Big Earth observation data regarding the Brazilian Amazon for global research on climate change. In turn, the Indian sociologist Prof. Dr. Sujata Patel focused her speech more specifically on decolonizing urban sociology, while the Chilean sociologist Prof. Dr. Manuel Garretón offered a specific conceptual matrix for addressing in methodological terms the relations between Sociology and History in Latin America. Differently, Conference Day 3 started with methodological notes by anthropologist Prof. Dr. Ramiro Segura on the production of everyday space in Latin American cities. The Keynote section found its closure with the Brazilian political scientist Prof. Dr. Cristiano Rodrigues, who offered an overview of ways of operationalizing, accomplishing comparisons and measuring racial/ethnic classifications in Latin America
Conceived by the Conference coordinator Prof. Dr. Fraya Frehse, the two roundtables addressed the issue of current funding possibilities and limits for research (especially in the social and human sciences) worldwide, and particularly in the world regions the SMUS lead partners are settled in: Latin America (lead partner country: Brazil), Africa (lead partner country: Botswana), Central Asia (lead partner country: India) and Central Europe (lead partner country: Germany).
On Conference Day 2, the SMUS lead partner Gabriel Faimau chaired the roundtable entitled “Academics and Current Research Funding in Botswana, Brazil, Germany, and India: Limits and Possibilities”. While he himself offered an overview of the limits and possibilities of funding in Botswana, and Africa in general, Prof. Dr. Maria do Carmo Martins Sobral addressed the same issue in Brazil, Dr. Johanna Pink talked about Germany and the SMUS lead partner Prof. Dr. Gaurav Raheja about the Indian context.
Precisely 24 hours later Dr. Christina Peters chaired the Conference second roundtable, which intended to bring together representatives of research funding agencies from Mozambik, Brazil, Germany and India. Particularly Mr. Marcio Weichert and Dr. Peters ended up discussing the issue at stake.
The Closing Lecture and Conference Closure ritually framed the Conference ending.
On Conference Day 3, the SMUS lead partners Prof. Dr. Angela Million and Prof. Dr. Gaurav Raheja jointly reflected on the role of visuality and visual methods in urban sustainability research within the framework of the SMUS Brazil Closing Lecture.
Right after this event, Prof. Dr. Fraya Frehse ritually put an end to the Conference in the framework of a brief closing ceremony, which was attended by the complete Conference Organizing Team, among other participants.