Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


TALK 'Earth Science' with Professor Paulo Maia

28 April 2023, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

Portrait of Paulo Maia

Please join Paulo Maia for his talk 'Earth science': Muã-Mimatxi Indigenous School/Community Defense Pedagogy to Postpone the End of the World - 'Ciência da terra': a Pedagogia da Defesa da Comunidade/Escola Indígena Muã-Mimatxi para Adiar o Fim do Mundo

This event is free.

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Institute of Advanced Studies


IAS Common Ground
G11, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building
UCL, Gower Street, London
United Kingdom

This talk summarises part of the results achieved by the project 'Capturing new models of education among indigenous minorities and quilombolas in Brazil' based on the research experience with the Pataxoop people by Muã Mimãtxi indigenous school/community in times of the pandemic. Experience teaches that starting any project in an indigenous village requires presence and coexistence as basic requirements. This is how, in its original proposal, the project activities were planned; but with the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, all this initial planning had to be adapted to the new times. Muã Mimãtxi teaches us pedagogies totally in tune with the challenges imposed by the current ecological collapse, consisting of a school-community experience 'to postpone the end of the world', to evoke Ailton Krenak. We hope, in the end, to point out the contours of a 'science of the earth' and the 'pedagogy of defense' of Muã Mimatxi. 


In connection with Professor Paulo Maia's visit at UCL, the Anthropology Department will screen the film Nũhũ Yãg Mũ Yõg Hãm: Essa Terra É Nossa! [Nũhũ Yãg Mũ Yõg Hãm: This Land Is Our Land!] on Tuesday 25 April 2023, 4pm in the Anthropology Student Common Room.

Nũhũ Yãg Mũ Yõg Hãm: Essa Terra É Nossa! [Nũhũ Yãg Mũ Yõg Hãm: This Land Is Our Land!]
Brasil, 2020, 70'. 
Directed by: Isael Maxakali, Sueli Maxakali, Carolina Canguçu, Roberto Romero 

In the past, when white people didn’t exist, we used to hunt with our yãmĩyxop spirits. The whites came, cut down the trees, dried up the rivers and scared the animals away. Today, our tall trees are over, the whites surrounded us and our lands are tiny. But our yãmĩyxop are very strong and taught us the stories and chants from our ancients who walked around here.

Winner Best Film Sheffield Doc/Fest International Competition 2021

The screening willl be followed by a Q&A with Professor Paulo Maia.


About the Speaker

Professor Paulo Maia

at Federal University of Minas Gerais

Paulo Maia is Anthropologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Sciences in Education of the Faculty of Education at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). He is the co-founder and curator of forumdoc.bh - Documentary and Ethnographic Film Festival, an anthropology and cinema forum that was created in 1997. He is associated researcher at the Image and Sound Laboratory (LAIS-FaE-UFMG).