Connections with Paulo Freire’s legacy in anti-racism media activist collaboration in Finland / Conexiones con el legado de Paulo Freire en la colaboración mediactivista antirracismo en Finlandia

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Leonardo Custódio
Monica Gathuo


En este artículo, presentamos la iniciativa Anti-Racism Media Activist Alliance (ARMA Alliance, 2018-2020), con sede en Finlandia. El artículo presenta nuestras reflexiones ético-metodológicas sobre los procesos de colaboración y diálogo que hemos experimentado como cofundadores y coordinadores de ARMA Alliance. Nuestro análisis se basa en nuestros trabajos retrospectivos conjuntos sobre el modo en el que los propósitos de investigación activista de ARMA Alliance se conectan con el legado de Paulo Freire. Nuestro objetivo es contribuir a los debates académicos que problematizan las múltiples relaciones entre la investigación y el activismo en procesos colaborativos de comunicación para el cambio social (en nuestro caso, contra el racismo). Primero, presentamos lo que significa la iniciativa ARMA Alliance y cómo se conecta con el trabajo de Paulo Freire. Luego, miramos hacia atrás a las ideas descoloniales, los encuentros catárticos y los diálogos que llevaron al desarrollo de la iniciativa. Después de eso, reflexionamos sobre la relación entre colaboración y concientización. Por último, indicamos algunas experiencias para poner en práctica el diálogo y la colaboración.

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Antirracismo, mediactivismo, colaboración, concientización, Finlandia,


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Custódio, L., & Gathuo, M. (2020). Connections with Paulo Freire’s legacy in anti-racism media activist collaboration in Finland / Conexiones con el legado de Paulo Freire en la colaboración mediactivista antirracismo en Finlandia. Commons. Revista De Comunicación Y Ciudadanía Digital, 9(2), 133-158.
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Leonardo Custódio, Åbo Akademi University (Turku, Finlandia)

Leonardo Custódio is a postdoctoral researcher on Minorities’ studies at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Custódio received his PhD in Social Sciences at Tampere University (2016). His scholarly and activist work has focused on media activism as processes through which people who suffer from inequalities and racism use media for rights, justice, respect and changes. Custódio’s book “Favela media activism: Counterpublics for human rights in Brazil” was published in 2017 by Lexington Books. As an activist researcher, Custódio is one of the coordinators, together with Monica Gathuo, of the Anti-Racism Media Activist Alliance. ARMA Alliance is a collaborative anti-racist, activist-research initiative based in Finland. ARMA Alliance is funded by the Kone Foundation (2018-2020).

Monica Gathuo, Universidad de Helsinki (Finlandia)

Monica Gathuo is a community organizer, freelance media producer and a master’s student of global politics and communication in University of Helsinki. Gathuo works with the PoC community and furthermore with the Afrofinnish community in Finland. She has produced podcasts, minidocumentary series and texts to discuss the racial inequalities in Finland. Gathuo co-coordinates together with Leonardo Custódio the Anti-Racism Media Activist Alliance, ARMA Alliance, which is a collaborative anti-racist, activist-research initiative based in Finland. Our main focus is on how people who suffer from racism in different societies use media to raise their voices, mobilize support and act collectively against racism. ARMA Alliance is funded by the Kone Foundation (2018-2020).


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