(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

researcher, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Grupo Musicultura

Presentation: Musical praxis for social justice; (self-)critical reflections on a long-standing collaboration

This presentation focus on the importance of making music together with reflexive research on music and sonic contexts in raising social awareness against human alienation, having my own and my collaborators' interrelated experiences as musicians, academics and political activists as a case in point. In this process we examine (self-)critically examples from a more than a decade-old concrete experience based upon principles of Paulo Freire's dialogical pedagogy and Orlando Fals Borda's contributions to participatory action-research as well as other references.


Samuel Araujo is Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and held a Tinker Visiting Professor Fellowship at the University of Chicago during the Spring of 2014. Active guitarrist in the TDP instrumental quartet and with experience as Music Coordinator at Rio de Janeiro´s City Goverment, he has also served in the governing bodies of the Brazilian Association for Ethnomusicology, the Society for Ethnomusicology and the International Council for Traditional Music.