Yesterday I gave a paper in a panel on Human Rights and Social Policy organised by my colleague Anete Leal Ivo during the 18th Scientific Mobilisation Week (SEMOC) of the Catholic University of Salvador (UCSAL). The SEMOC is a big event that involves the participation of academics from different countries and personnel from government agencies, such as the Ministerio Público, and NGOs. The programme also includes mini-courses for students.
The overall theme of the SEMOC this year was Human Rights, Ethics and Dignity, and I gave a talk (in Portuguese) on “Human Security in a time of crisis”. I shared the platform with Anete herself and Uruguayan social policy expert Carmen Midaglia. The event was very well attended by an engaged public that included many young people, and although the current problems of Brazil and other negative aspects of the global situation were seldom far from anyone’s thoughts, neither was the issue of how, in practice, we might still hope to move forward.