Project Dates: 2020-Present
The Cultural Making initiative focuses on and elevates culture within maker activities in different countries and regions. As part of this initiative, the TLTL has begun a research project in Brazil to document, systematize, and reflect on the different forms of Brazilian “making” and how it can be mobilized in education. We prioritize traditionally marginalized communities, such as quilombolas (Afro-Brazilian communities), rural and indigenous populations, and residents in regions that are poorly represented in the media and in the national imagination (see Research Areas for further details). We have partnered with a team of local researchers in several regions of Brazil to document and focus on the following: “making” practices in diverse communities; how those practices represent culturally-specific ways of thinking, acting, building; and the implications for the creation and dissemination of local knowledge.