The São Paulo Symposium is a two-day conference that will bring together multidisciplinary and binational scholarship on the city of São Paulo, Brazil, in order to assess how this site of expanding academic inquiry contributes to broader political, social, and theoretical currents.
May 10-11, 2013
University of Chicago
Classics Building, Room 110, 1010 E. 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Friday, May 10
2:30pm Keynote Address
Heloisa Pontes, Anthropology, Universidade Estadual de Campinas: "São Paulo, metrópole e produção cultural"
4:15pm Epistemologies of São Paulo
Sarah Townsend, Spanish & Portuguese, University of California, Santa Barbara: "Brazilian Modernismo and the Operatic Logic of Paulista Exceptionalism"
Aiala Levy, History, University of Chicago: "Toward a History of Cultural Spaces in the Self-Destructive City"
Marcio Siwi, History, New York University: "The Making of Ibirapuera Park: Visions of the Modern and Cultured City in Postwar São Paulo"
Josh Shake, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan: "Jane Jacobs and São Paulo: Idea Flows, Urban Regeneration and Contextual Applicability"
Discussant: Cristina Mehrtens, History, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Saturday, May 11
9:00am Emergent Economies and Persistent Inequalities
Maria Carolina Vasconcelos Oliveira, Sociology, Universidade de São Paulo: "Cultura em São Paulo: onde habita a cidade global?"
Simone Buechler, Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago: "The Significance of Economic Growth, Declining Inequality Statistics, and Social Policies for Faveladas in São Paulo, Brazil"
Reighan Gillam, African and Afroamerican Studies, University of Michigan: Mark My Words: "Racializing Space, Mediating Race in Afro-Brazilian Radio"
Discussant: Tianna Paschel, Political Science, University of Chicago
10:45am The Politics of Hazard
Nate Millington, Geography, University of Kentucky: "Impermeable Assemblages: Flooding, Environmental Hazards, and Stormwater Politics in São Paulo, Brazil"
Leonardo Cardoso, Ethnomusicology, University of Texas at Austin: "Sound-politics in São Paulo, Brazil: Youth and 'Pancadões'"
Jay Sosa, Anthropology, University of Chicago: "São Paulo, Pink City: Queer Protests and the Color of Political Dissent"
Sarah Brooks, Political Science, Ohio State University: Insecure Democracy: "Risk and Political Participation in São Paulo and Recife"
Discussant: Brodwyn Fischer, History, Northwestern University
1:30pm Development Aesthetics
Camila Gui Rosatti, Sociology, Universidade de São Paulo: "Modern Architecture in São Paulo: The Houses and Clients of Vilanova Artigas in the 1950s"
Heitor Frúgoli, Anthropology, Universidade de São Paulo: "Luz District, São Paulo: Shared Research Practices in an Inner-City Area"
Derek Pardue, Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis: "Reversal of Fortunes?: São Paulo Youth Redirect Urban Development"
Discussant: Simone Buechler, Latin American and Latino Studies, UIC
3:15pm Contingent Imaginaries
Zeuler Lima, Architecture and Urban Design and History, Washington University in Saint Louis: "Urbanization Without Urbanism?"
Bruno Zorek, History, Universidade Estadual de Campinas: "O futuro de São Paulo por Aroldo de Azevedo e outros geógrafos (1954-1958)"
Marcos Steuernagel, Performance Studies, New York University: "Teatro Oficina’s Os Sertões: Staging Alternative Embodiments in the São Paulo of the 21st Century"
Daniel Gough, Music, University of Chicago: "Music in the Metrô: Urban Imaginaries and Cultural Policy in the Global City"
Discussant: K. David Jackson, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Yale
5:15pm Roundtable: New Directions for São Paulo Studies
K. David Jackson, Zeuler Lima, Cristina Mehrtens, Heloisa Pontes
6:00pm Closing reception, sponsored by the Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago
Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Franke Institute for the Humanities, with generous support from the Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago, Department of Art History, Department of Music, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Workshop on Latin America and the Caribbean.
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