Pedro Pires Institute for Cape Verdean Studies

Recent & Forthcoming Publications

A pictorial listing of recent and upcoming faculty publications.

Pedagogy in the Age of Media Control: Language Deception and Digital Democracy

 by Ricardo Rosa & Joao Rosa

Supported by critical theoretical frameworks, this book is a purposeful engagement with bodies of knowledge rooted in popular culture, yet routinely excluded from «common sense » visions of curriculum. Aimed at teachers as well as teacher-educators, the book examines areas such as Disney, African American stand-up comedy, intersections of film/disability and race, as well as video games. Going beyond an engagement with theory, through the use of these alternative curricular epistemologies the authors provide sample lesson plans that clearly illustrate the possibilities of a more critical yet permeable outlook on curriculum, with the ultimate aim of fragmenting the mythical dichotomy between the world of academics and the lived reality of youth.


Capitalism’s Educational Catastrophe: Towards a New Endgame Activism

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by Ricardo Rosa & Joao Rosa

The text seeks to document the current toxicity of urban and rural educational environments and their surrounding context. Second, we situate a theory and praxis that seeks to disrupt the neatly and socially constructed boundaries between critical curriculum and pedagogical practices and educational administration. Third, and more importantly, we situate a theory and praxis of an endgame activism informed from and built through a bearing of witness of the significant challenges posed by families, critical educators and administrators, and youth in their own situated contexts in the hope to inspire more dialogue and deeper interruptions in the face of the current tragedy. We argue that given the critical and “transformative” historical interventions into dominant schooling the reality is that true transformation requires on the one hand, the dismantling of the socially constructed boundaries that seeks dividing loyalties and interests between administrators, faculty, unions, youth, and families.

African Philosophical Consciencism:
Challenging Western Oligarchy of Science

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by Joao Paraskeva & Joao Rosa

Examining the works of intellectuals like Amilcar Cabral, Samora Machel, Patrice Lumumba and many others, this project seeks to bring to the forefront their contributions as they relate to the field of education broadly, and in the process reclaims a space for communal knowledge as a valid mode of being in the world.  The project challenges western conceptions of science as the sole authority of understanding reality.

Media Literacy

by Donaldo Macedo & Shirley Steinberg

Media Literacy: A Reader produces a critical understanding of media culture designed to help students develop the ability to interpret media as well as understand the ways they themselves consume and affectively (emotionally) invest in media. Such an appreciation encourages both critical thinking and self-analysis, as students begin to realize that everyday decisions are not necessarily made freely and rationally. While we strongly believe that humans exercise agency, we understand that there are social, cultural, and political forces that affect agency. In this context our conception of media literacy analyzes the ways our everyday decisions are encoded and inscribed by emotional and bodily commitments relating to the production of desire and mood, all of which leads, in Noam Chomsky’s famous phrase, to the «manufacture of consent. » These complex pedagogical and ideological issues demand rigorous skills including questioning, analyzing, interpreting, and meaning-making. Media Literacy: A Reader is a comprehensive collection of essays that is sorely needed, as most of the academic work in the area is written not for an introductory audience, but for scholars in the field.


Neoralism, States, and the Modern Mass Army

by Dr. Joao Resende Santos

Examines why countries imitate the military systems of one another. A book of theory and history, it builds on and extends the most influential theory in international relations - neorealism. It offers an alternative account for emulation and convergence in the international system. It explains why states make certain choices in how to organize, prepare, and fight wars, and how international structures shape their choices. The work develops a neglected area of neorealism, applies it in new ways, widens its explanatory scope, and offers three rich - and uncommon - historical cases based on archival research.