Friday, 30 June 2017

Dr. Sam Owuor on a “Social Cartography” Tour of Brazil

Dr. Sam Owuor of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies visited Brazil (18thMarch to 7th April 2017) under the “Social Cartography Project and Technical Training of Researchers and Social Movements in Kenya and Brazil” funded by the Ford Foundation. He travelled to Brazil with staff from Kenya Land Alliance (Hillary Kodieny and Johanna Wanjala). The tour involved sharing experiences with the New Social Cartography of the Amazon Project (PNCSA) linked to the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM). The Kenyan team participated in several meetings on “consultation process about the digital archive regarding Quilombola communities of Brazil”. They visited Sao Luis (Maranhao), Manaus (Amazonas) and Belem (Para) where they participated in various activities: conferences and workshops, meeting and living with Quilombola communities, interacting with Faculty and students of universities participating in the New Social Cartography Project and attending cultural and environmental conservation events. It was a big learning experience – thanks to all our great hosts – under the coordination of Prof.  Alfredo Wagner Berno de Almeida (Coordinator of the New Social Cartography of the Amazon Project and Professor of Anthropology at the Federal University of Amazonas).

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