In its statement, the CES organization emphasizes the rejection of any form of harassment or abuse and stands in solidarity with all victims of this type of abuse.
The Management and Presidency of the Scientific Council of the Center for Social Studies (CES) announced this Friday, that, “at this time and until the facts are met”, Boaventura de Sousa Santos and Bruno Sena Martins “have been suspended from all the offices they had.
The CES is establishing an independent agency “to investigate the issues described in this chapter” and says that “the existing agencies have said they are not aware of any attempt to investigate or cover up any inappropriate past events”.
In his words, a CES “It separates itself from all the positions of Boaventura de Sousa Santos and Bruno Sena Martins”, but emphasizes that it “respects the rights of every person”. The agency said it had decided not to “rely on the content of the book’s title”.Adultery in Education – Introducing Standards of Care at the University‘”.
“Regardless of the complaints received, and knowing the difficulties that potential victims may have in reporting such cases, CES emphasizes the rejection of torture or harassment, and represents solidarity with all victims of this type of violence “, says the organization.
In the documents signed by the Management and Presidency of the Scientific Council of the Center for Social Studies, the revision of the Code of Conduct and “other documents of good conduct, clarity of complaint procedures, as well as training and recognition. of all the people who receive schools” of the organization.
Boaventura de Sousa Santos is one of the two targets of a book that describes sexual violence and ethics in CES. “Sexuality in Academia” criticizes a number of illegal behaviors, even narrating the story of a Brazilian researcher who accuses the professor of touching his leg and says that “the relationship should be deep”. The woman refused, and later said that this caused discrimination at the university.
Later, the case of another Argentine investigator was also discovered, who said that, in June 2022, Boaventura de Sousa Santos “threw himself” while he was in Portugal working. After the criticism that was given in another article, there are many women who are giving similar reports that came out of the organization.
Currently, the Ministry of Higher Education and the General Inspectorate of Education and Science have not received any complaints of harassment in the past four years, nor are they aware of any criminal cases involving professors or researchers from universities or polytechnics.
“So far, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (MCTES) has not received any complaints,” the ministry’s press office said in response to Lusa.