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On Indigenous Languages and Linguistic Diversity - A Conversation

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18:00 to 19:30 CEST
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Institute in Paris

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Other/general

University of London Institute in Paris welcomes Indigenous artist Daiara Tukano and anthropologist Majoi Gongora to discuss the exhibition, ‘Nhe’re porã: Memory and Transformation’, initially hosted in São Paulo (Brazil) in 2022, that marked the commencement of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages in Brazil. The event will highlight the Paris edition of the exhibition, presented by UNESCO.

This event will highlight the Paris edition, presented by UNESCO, of an exhibition initially hosted in 2022 at the Portuguese Language Museum in São Paulo, Brazil. This exhibition marked the commencement of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages in Brazil.

Curated by Indigenous artist Daiara Tukano, with the support of anthropologist and co-curator Majoi Gongora, the exhibition, titled ‘Nhe’re porã: Memory and Transformation’, offered an immersion into the multifaceted realm of Indigenous languages in Brazil. It traversed the historical subjugation of these languages and celebrated their contemporary resilience, manifested through various forms of artistic expression.

The event will welcome Daiara Tukano and Majoí Gongora for a conversation mediated by Dr Jamille Pinheiro Dias (ILCS, University of London), underscoring the significance of initiatives aimed at nurturing cultural diversity and fostering intercultural dialogue through languages.

Exhibition, 2022 at the Portuguese Language Museum in São Paulo, Brazil
The exhibition, ‘Nhe’re porã: Memory and Transformation’, initially hosted in 2022 at the Portuguese Language Museum in São Paulo, Brazil

Speakers

Daiara Tukano, whose traditional name is Duhigô, is a member of the Uremiri Hãusiro Parameri clan of the Yepá Mahsã people (widely known as Tukano) from the Amazonian region of the Upper Rio Negro. She holds a BA in Visual Arts and an MA in Human Rights from the University of Brasília. Her research interests focus on the right to memory and truth for Indigenous peoples. She is interested in art as a space to be occupied by Indigenous peoples and a tool to deconstruct anti-Indigenous racism, coloniality, and exclusion. She is the curator of the exhibition ‘Nhe’ẽ Porã: Memory and Transformation’.

Dr Majoí Gongora holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of São Paulo. Her doctoral research focuses on the centrality of chants among the Ye'kwana people, a Carib-speaking Indigenous group living in the border region between Brazil and Venezuela. Working as an editor and cultural producer, she engages in initiatives aimed at disseminating accurate information about Indigenous peoples and dismantling stereotypes surrounding these populations. Furthermore, she is part of the February 3rd Front, a transdisciplinary group involved in artistic and political interventions against racism in Brazilian society.

Dr Jamille Pinheiro Dias is the director of the Centre of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies (ILSC) at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study (SAS), where they are also a Lecturer. Jamille is also Co-Director of the SAS Environmental Humanities Research Hub, of which the University of London Institute in Paris is a partner. Besides their engagement in teaching and research, their work as a translator specialising in the Humanities and Social Sciences led them to translate books and essays by Ailton Krenak, Marilyn Strathern, Alfred Gell, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Judith Butler and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, among others. During March 2024, Jamille is Visiting Fellow at the Institute in Paris.