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Decolonial Thinking, Good-Living and Affirmative Actions.

Grant number: 23/07868-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2023
Effective date (End): June 30, 2024
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Social Psychology
Principal Investigator:Alessandro de Oliveira dos Santos
Grantee:Andreia Rosalina Silva
Host Institution: Instituto de Psicologia (IP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:18/15573-0 - Limits and possibilities of the good-living to black students in institutions of higher education: the case of the University of São Paulo, AP.JP2


During the Seminar on Psychology and Ethnic-Racial Relations in Bahia, held between 03 and 05/05/2017 by the Regional Council of Psychology of the 3rd Region in Salvador, a document entitled "Charter of Salvador" was prepared collectively, which reviews and updates Resolution 18/2002 of the Federal Council of Psychology on the performance of psychologists in relation to prejudice and ethnic-racial discrimination. The document presents recommendations for training and acting in psychology on the subject of ethnic-racial relations. One of the recommendations for teaching in psychology advocates the inclusion in the disciplines of theoretical-conceptual references of African, Amerindian, and Afro-Brazilian epistemologies that contribute to an understanding of the conditioning and dynamics of individual vs. group relations in society. This raises the need to think of affirmative action in higher education in an expanded scope, in which the increase of the presence of black and indigenous students is accompanied by the incorporation of the academy of African and Amerindian matrix epistemologies, allowing students to broaden their understanding of reality and reflect critically on Eurocentrism present in the production of knowledge and the academy. This project aims to investigate Amerindian, African and Afro-Diasporic epistemologies in their relation to the notion of well-being, as an alternative of a decolonial nature to the concept of subjective well-being, and as a central element for the consolidation of affirmative actions in higher education. The plan of activities of the PD grant includes: support the activities of data collection and analysis and dissemination of results of the larger project; bibliographical research and synthesis of the literature on Amerindian, African and Afro-Diasporic epistemologies and the notion of well-being; a probationary period at the University of Texas at the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies; administration of postgraduate discipline at the Institute of Psychology of USP addressing the theme of the research project.

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