In September 2021, were he alive, Freire would have been 100 years old. The Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University, under the Directorship of Prof Thomas Tufte, is hosting virtual centennial events to celebrate Paulo Freire with reflections around his ‘ontological call’.  Already over 1000 people have registered, though relatively few are from Africa.

Discussions will focus on five principles, those of humility, empathy, love, hope and dialogue that Freire (2017, p. 33) presented as the ‘spirit’ of one of his main referential work, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, originally published in 1968. Ana Suzina and Tufte have reflected upon this here.

The selection of presenters includes, from Africa, Prof Colin Chasi, who will speak on humility.

To register for these events, please use these links: Principal-IN – Centenário de Paulo Freire (paulofreirecentennial.org).

Please also note that the Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University has held a series of activities gathering scholars from different regions of the world about the legacy of Paulo Freire in the field of participatory communication and civil society development. Recently, the Institute has published two special issues coming from a previous cycle of debates around this subject. You can see them here and here.