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Reengaging Freire: Paulo and Elza in Geneva

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WORKING GROUP: GENEVA/ZURICH
AUTHORS: MICROSILLONS - MARIANNE GUARINO-HUET, OLIVIER DESVOIGNES

 

ABSTRACT

This Learning Unit offers historical information about the ten years the pedagogue Paulo Freire (1921, Recife – 1997 São Paulo), his wife Elza and their children spent in Geneva in the 1970s. It also presents four experiments, realized by autonomous gallery educators, to reinvent and reengage Freire’s thinking in
present-day Switzerland. Finally, it opens some ideas to translate those experimentations in other contexts. The Reenagaging Freire Learning Unit is a first step to reinstate Paulo and Elza Freire in Geneva’s history of pedagogy, from which they are strikingly absent. It is also an attempt to imagine experimentations that
interrogate the topicality of Freire today in Switzerland (as the gallery educators did in developing a feminist choir, a community garden, a construction workshop in a popular neighborhood or a long-term experiment around the future of asylum-seeker youth), imagining how concepts such as untested feasibilities, conscientização, codification or generativity could serve as tools to question the contemporary dominant models of arts education.

 

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We would very much appreciate your feedback. Please share with us in the comments below your experiences of working with this Learning Unit, as well as your thoughts, concerns and questions. The authors will do their best to get back to you and continue the conversation. Thank you!

 

FOLLOW THE PATHS THIS LEARNING UNIT IS CONNECTED TO:

→ Critical Pedagogy and its Critiques

→ Letterwriting

→ Missionary Dimensions in Arts Education

→ Archival Activism

 


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    Franco Augusto February 16, 2022 16:18

    In your essay "REENGAGING FREIRE: PAULO & ELZA IN GENEVA", in footnote 39 you wrote: "We digitalized the sound recordings of the conference during our research and used them in different public presentations.". We are very interested in the audio recordings of the session in Geneva, where Illich and Freire gathered, invited by the World Council of Churches in 1974.

    Would you be able to provide me with a digital copy of the recordings of that conference? We are working in a collaborative open non-profit innitaitive called the Acervus Project that aims to make accessible Illich's works. (more info: www.​conv​ivia​l.de​/pro​jekt​e/ac​ervu​s-pr​ojec​t)

    Thanks a lot for your help and amazing work. You can reach us at info@acerv.us