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Apply now for the International course "Popular sovereignty in the Digital Era"

Feb 2, 2022 2:10 PM

Professor Aaron Schneider

Starting February 12th, an online course taught by an American professor will have invited experts on digital democracy from around the world; classes will be in english

The Lula Institute has opened registration for the online course Popular Sovereignty in the Digital Age, organized by North American professor Aaron Schneider. The course will have 10 debate classes in English with the participation of prestigious researchers from Europe, the United States, India, China and Brazil.

How to participate

Fill in the form below; Registration is limited to 100 students:

Schneider is a professor of Latin American history and politics and a member of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Denver in the United States. Last month, Schneider was awarded by the Lula Institute with a prize equivalent to US$ 10,000 to set up the President Lula Chair. In addition to the Popular Sovereignty in the Digital Era course, the chair includes the publication of a book that will document the discussions present in the classes and debates.

“This President Lula Chair project has the ambitious objective of contributing to the elaboration of public policies that promote national development in a fair and democratic way, freeing the current political process from the trend of digital neocolonization”, says Márcio Pochmann, president of the Lula Institute. .

On February 8, starting at 2 pm, the Lula Institute will publish the official ceremony for granting the professorship to Professor Schneider on its YouTube channel.

About Aaron Schneider's work

Professor Schneider earned his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, two single-authored books, and many contributions to the popular press.

In addition to academic work, Schneider has been a consultant to the World Bank, the United Nations, the UK Department for International Development, the US Department of State, the US Agency for International Development and Policy Advisor to the Chief Economist. for Central America from the Inter-American Development Bank.

Aaron Schneider researches the relationship between wealth and power, particularly in Latin America, India and Sub-Saharan Africa. He develops studies on public finance as a window to democracy.

His studies also involve research into how governments secure contributions from major social groups and how states decide what to do with the money. In this way, Schneider describes the nature of national political communities.

recent books

2018: Renovating Orleans? Globalized Development and Workers' Resistance after Katrina. University of Minnesota press

2017: State Building and Tax Regimes in Central America. Cambridge

how the course works

Online classes are held in English and take place on Saturdays at 2pm. In addition to the classes, the course indicates mandatory readings and promotes online debates that need to have the online participation of those enrolled at the moment they take place.

Pre-recorded classes can be watched whenever the person enrolled in the course wishes. Each live discussion will last approximately 1h30. During the debates, participants will discuss the readings and have the opportunity to interact.


To receive the certificate, participants must complete the following tasks:

- At least twice during the ten weeks, the student will make a summary of the assigned readings and must share to the course class. This item corresponds to 20% of the final grade;

- Participation in discussions. This item corresponds to 35% of the final grade;

- At least twice during the course the student will submit written questions for live debates. This item corresponds to 10% of the final grade;

- At the end of the course, each student will write a 3000-word essay to answer a question provided by the main instructor or on a topic of their choice. This item corresponds to 35% of the final grade


February 12: Dawn of a New Era: Popular Sovereignty in a Digital Age (Professor Aaron Schneider)

February 19: Technology and Development: Examples from India (Dr. Parminder Singh)

March 5: British Food Crisis: Capital, Class, Technology, Alternatives (Prof. Ben Selwyn)

March 12: Global Police State – Capital, Fascism, Technology (Prof. William Robinson) Note: March 12 class will be from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

March 19: International Regimes, International Hierarchies and the Internet (Prof. Aaron Schneider)

March 26: Digital Futures and Global Power: Latin America and Southeast Asia (Prof. Marco Cepik) April 2: Technology and Democracy: USA, Brazil and the World (Prof. Rafael Ioris)

April 9: Middle Powers Digital Statecraft: Digital Sovereignty, FinTech, Big Data and Cloud Computing in Brazil and India (Henrique Estides Delgado and Vash Doshi)

April 16: Feminism, Artificial Intelligence and Racial Capitalism (Prof. Neda Atanasoski)

April 23: Digital Transformation and the New China (Dr. Alessandro Teixeira, Zhenya Jiang)


Course “Popular Sovereignty in the Digital Age”

When: Starts February 12

Where: Online classes with participation in debates and specific meetings

Value: free

Audience: researchers, students, community leaders and other stakeholders

Course with certificate issuance