Plenary Session - Lynn Mario T. Menezes de Souza, University of São Paulo, Brazil (in English)

"Language and Coloniality: Rethinking the Focus on Practices"

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Lynn Mario Menezes de Souza, Professor, Modern Languages Department, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil


Lynn Mario T. Menezes de Souza is currently a tenured full professor at the Modern Languages Department of the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He does research and supervises post-graduate research in the fields of Foreign Languages and Literature, focusing on language policy, literacy studies, decoloniality, and interculturality. He has degrees in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies and Semiotics from the Catholic University of São Paulo. He has undertaken post-doctoral research in Canada and India and has also been a Visiting Professor and invited speaker at various universities in Brazil and internationally. Amongst various other publications, Lynn Mario has co-edited two volumes: Postcolonial Perspectives on Global Citizenship Education (2012) and Glocal Languages and Critical Intercultural Awareness: the south answers back (2019). His most recent publication is the chapter ‘Questioning epistemic racism in issues of language studies in Brazil: The case of Pretuguês versus Popular Brazilian Portuguese’, co-authored with Gabriel Nascimento, in Southernizing Sociolinguistics, Makoni, S & Antia, B. (eds), Routledge 2023.

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