Dan Baron Cohen
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Following undergraduate and post-graduate research into popular educational theatre at the University of Oxford, Dan Baron Cohen was apprenticed to the playwrights Edward Bond (England) and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (Kenya), whose life projects inspired a lasting search for methods of community-based cultural action for justice.
In 1998, Baron Cohen worked as a visiting professor at the State University of Santa Catarina in Brazil. His past 21 years of collaborations with landless, indigenous, trade-union, university, and indigenous communities in Brazil, Peru, Chile in China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and since 2008, with an Afro-Indigenous community in the south-eastern region of the Amazonian state of Pará, have advanced his methods into a pedagogy of intercultural literacy and a poetics of "transformance". This pedagogy also draws on collaborations with the World Social Forum and the Brazilian Network of Arteducators (ABRA), and contributed to the 7th IDEA World Congress of Drama/Theatre & Education in Belém, Pará, IDEA 2010.
At the 2007 International Drama in Education and the Arts (IDEA) World Congress, Baron Cohen was re-elected as the President of IDEA. As the President of IDEA until July 2010, he was also Coordinator of the World Alliance for Arts Education, and was a member of the International Committee for the World Social Forum.
Since 2008, following national awards from the Ministries of Culture and of Education, and from UNICEF and UNESCO in Brazil, Baron Cohen has been living and working in Cabelo Seco, founding afro-indigenous community of Marabá City, developing the paradigm project Rios de Encontro (Rivers of Meeting). and its Community University of the Rivers.
In 2016 he travelled to New Zealand to lecture in support of a festival drawing attention to the need for clean rivers. Baron Cohen has deepened collaborations with the Maori peoples, Auckland University and Melbourne University in Australia, in the development of Good Living projects and forums in the Amazon.
Dan Baron Cohen has published Theatre of Self-Determination (Derry, 2001), (ISBN 978-0946451623), Alfabetização Cultural: a luta íntima por uma nova humanidade (Cultural Literacy: the intimate struggle for a new humanity), São Paulo 2004, (ISBN 978-8589147026), Colheita em Tempos de Seca: cultivando pedagogias de vida por comunidades sustentáveis (Harvest in Times of Drought: cultivating pedagogies of life for sustainable communities), Marabá 2011, (ISBN 978-85-65067-00-3), chapters for Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan and IDEA publications, and numerous articles, most recently for New Internationalist magazine.
- "Dan Baron Cohen" at Master of Cultural and Creative Industries ARTS, Monash.edu (NB this reference refers back to Wikipedia) Accessed 14 August 2017
- Dominic Bailey, BBC News Online "Living with Brazil's landless", 14 April, 2003 Accessed 14 August 2017
- IDEA 2010 redeabra.org.br/idea2010, accessed 24 February 2019
- Dan Baron Cohen "President of the International Drama-Education Association (IDEA), Chair of the World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE), and member of the International Council of the World Social Forum" at unesco.org Accessed 14 August 2017
- Dan Baron Cohen, Ralph Buck, Rita L. Irwin, Hakan Lundstrom: World Alliance for Arts Education: A Response to the 2006 UNESCO Roadmap at unesco.org/culture Accessed 5 September 2017
- Rivers of Meeting riosdeencontro.wordpress.com, accessed 24 February 2019
- TOM CARNEGIE: "From the Amazon to the Omaru: Dan Baron Cohen speaks on protecting rivers" April 20 2016 Accessed 14 August 2017
- Bailey, Dominic (14 April 2003). "Living with Brazil's landless". BBC NEWS. BBC. Retrieved 10 July 2010.