São Paulo Advanced School of Social Sciences

The São Paulo Advanced School of Social Sciences will be held from 23rd to 29th March, 2018, at University of São Paulo. It is organized by the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP, Brazil) and the Maria Sibylla Merian Centre in Humanities and Social Sciences Conviviality in Unequal Societies, funded by São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). 

Organized around the theme Dynamics of Contemporary Democratic Society, the Advanced School of Social Sciences will offer a concentrated, high level discussion on different dimensions of contemporary democratic societies with a multidisciplinary approach.
The lectures will be held in English.



Maria Herminia Tavares de Almeida

Professor of Political Science, University of São Paulo

Researcher at the CEBRAP

Coordinator of the International Postdoc Program at Cebrap


Adjunct Coordinator

Marta Rodriguez de Assis Machado

Professor at the São Paulo Law School at Getulio Vargas Foundation

Researcher at the CEBRAP 

Principal Investigator at the Maria Sibylla Merian Centre

Adjunct Coordinator of the International Postdoc Program at Cebrap



Founded in 1969 by a distinguished group of scholars banned from the Brazilian universities by the authoritarian regime, the Cebrap is a research center that focuses on Brazilian contemporary issues, with an approach that emphasizes comparative analysis and interdisciplinarity. It promotes a constant dialogue among the different theoretical and methodological perspectives of its researchers’ fields: Sociology, Political Science, Demography, Law, Philosophy, History, Anthropology, Economics and Geography.

Cebrap is a global research center working on partnership with institutions, development agencies and civil associations from different countries around the world. It has been recognized as the 37th best public policy think tank in the world, according to the University of Pennsylvania ranking (2016).


Maria Sibylla Merian Centre

The Maria Sibylla Merian International Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conviviality in Unequal Societies: Perspectives from Latin America examines past and present forms of social, political, and cultural conviviality in Latin America and the Caribbean. It employs conviviality as an analytical concept to describe ways of living together in specific contexts characterized by diversity and inequality. It links studies about interclass, interethnic, intercultural, interreligious and gender relations in Latin America and the Caribbean with studies about conviviality beyond the region.

The Centre’s headquarters have been established in São Paulo (Brazil) by a consortium composed of three German institutions: Freie Universität Berlin (coordination); Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, Berlin; and Universität zu Köln, Cologne, as well as four Latin American institutions: Universidade de São Paulo and Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento, São Paulo, Brazil, Instituto de Investigaciones en Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales (CONICET / Universidad Nacional de La Plata), La Plata, Argentina, and El Colegio de México, Mexico City, Mexico.