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Organised by the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

This event will honour the lives and the work of Dom Phillips, a British journalist who was writing a book about sustainable ways to protect the Amazon, and Bruno Pereira, a Brazilian advocate for Indigenous peoples. Phillips and Pereira joined forces to tackle the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and the threats posed to its inhabitants. They disappeared on 5 June 2022, in the Javari Valley, in the far western part of the state of Amazonas, close to Brazil's border with Peru. Ten days later, their remains were found close to where they had gone missing. Their killing is a reflection of the systemic violence that has been amplified, supported and, indeed, encouraged by Brazil's current federal government. 

In collaboration with the Human Rights Consortium (HRC), the Centre for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (CLACS), part of the Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies (ILCS), will host an online conversation with Alessandra Sampaio, Dom Phillips' wife; anthropologist Beatriz Matos, Bruno Pereira's wife; musician Sian Phillips, Dom Phillips' sister; and doctoral researcher Domonique Davies, Dom Phillips' niece. 

Co-Chairs: Jamille Pinheiro Dias (ILCS) and Enaiê Mairê Azambuja (ILCS)

Alessandra Sampaio is Dom Phillips' wife.

Beatriz Matos is a professor of Anthropology at Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA), in Belém, Brazil. She is Bruno Pereira's wife.

Sian Phillips is a Lancaster musician. She is Dom Phillips' sister.

Domonique Davies is a doctoral student at the University of Reading. Her research project looks at linguistic and literary entanglements with the ecological crisis. She is Dom Phillips' niece.

Organisers: Jamille Pinheiro Dias (ILCS) and Enaiê Mairê Azambuja (ILCS)

Simultaneous interpretation in English and Portuguese will be provided by Sarah Shenker, who works with Survival International. Support Brazil’s Indigenous peoples by taking action with Survival:

This event is supported by the Society for Latin American Studies.

All are welcome to attend this free online event, starting at 5pm GMT | 2pm BRT. Registration in advance is required to receive the online joining link - please click Book Now at the top of the page.

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