Department of Geography and the Environment

The Killing of Place: 1920s Rio de Janeiro and Urbanization by Elimination. A talk by Dr. Lorraine Leu

Fri, April 20, 2012 | GRG 102

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The destruction of Morro do Castelo, Rio de Janeiro, 1922
The destruction of Morro do Castelo, Rio de Janeiro, 1922

Dr. Lorraine Leu holds a joint appointment with the Department of Spanish and Portugues and with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies. She does research on and teaches about Brazilian culture, urban Brazil, and theories in Latin Americanism. She is the author of Brazilian Popular Music: Caetano Veloso and the Regeneration of Tradition (Ashgate, 2006).

Her current research project is a study of the relationships among criminality, the production of urban space, and social and cultural imaginaries in Rio de Janeiro.  The project looks at the constitution of sites of criminality through official and unofficial organizations and occupations of space, considering how alternative urban geographies point to the limits of so-called civil society.

 

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