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Indigenous students at the Campinas State University and the São Carlos Federal University (Brazil): an ethnographic study

Abstract

This project has a twofold objective: to conduct articulated ethnographic studies on indigenous students' experiences at Campinas State University and São Carlos Federal University, and to create a research area on Anthropology of Education at Campinas State University that focuses on the use of ethnography to investigate educative processes. Brazil's federal affirmative action policies in undergraduate education are one of the most ambitious in the world. However, with regards to the overall scientific production on this topic, there are relatively few qualitative analyses that address students' experience and point of view. This project contributes to fill this research gap by examining through the lens of ethnography the experience of indigenous students enrolled in two public universities from the state of São Paulo, and establishing a systematic dialog with indigenous researchers. We will give special attention to ethnography and the specificities of its use in Education (through lectures and debates). The goal is to create a new research group producing high quality work in the field of Anthropology of Education in the state of São Paulo (Brazil). Apart from its academic relevance, the research results will provide important empirical and analytical material to inform the development of policies that can guarantee an effective inclusion of indigenous people in higher education, a challenge that faces Brazil's current context. (AU)