Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Symposium: "Spaces of Black Performativity in São Paulo"

Thu, November 8, 2012 | Hackett Room, SRH 1.313

2:00 PM

São Paulo is often imagined first and foremost as the economic and industrial powerhouse of Brazil. However, over the course of its expansion into the seventh largest metropolitan area in the world, the city has also become home to a remarkably diverse population that has responded to the challenges of urban life with locally unique political and cultural practices. Challenging the spaces and limits created by urban segregation, structural violence, and historical prejudice, the black population of São Paulo has forged performative strategies that carve out and give meaning to their own spaces in the city. Though the languages of dance, music and literature, the various communities in the periphery of the city experience their own São Paulo, one more livable than the oppressive maze imposed from outside.

The symposium will feature four case studies of communities that have created such unique urban experiences of their own through performances. The presentations will be followed by an opening cocktail for the photo exhibition.

Spaces of Black Performativity: The Samba Rock Culture in São Paulo
SRH Unit 1, Third Floor
Exhibit runs November 8 through December 7

For more information about the symposium, contact the Brazil Center

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