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Anthropology Symposium: Federico Pérez

Join us for a lecture by Federico Pérez as part of the fall Anthropology Symposium. Free and open to the public.

"Materializing (In)securities: Urban Terrain, Paperwork, and Housing in Bogotá, Colombia"

In Bogotá, city planners and residents struggle over downtown renewal by mobilizing security frameworks linked to Colombia's history of political and criminal violence. Urban spaces appear as terrains of military strategy, bureaucratic artifacts as weapons of (para)state violence, and housing transformations as incarnations of rural land grabbing and displacement. Conflicts over Bogotá's renewal highlight the relational dynamics between social actors' discursive performances and urban materialities. As urban actors assemble, calibrate, and deploy repertoires of (in)security, they actively contribute to the material shaping of urban worlds. Tracing such security performances and their attendant materialities usefully refocuses attention on human action and political accountability within complex social-material assemblages. It also reveals the ways in which contests over authority and belonging are enacted by a range of urban actors, mediated through specific histories, and sedimented in urban forms.

Federico Pérez is a sociocultural and urban anthropologist focusing on Latin America. His research interests include city planning and design, urban law and bureaucracy, the built environment, materiality, infrastructure and technology, and security. His current book project, Urbanism as Warfare: Planning, (In)security, and the Remaking of Downtown Bogotá, explores the ways in which repertoires of (in)security mediate planning practices, regimes of citizenship and property, and the destruction and reconstruction of the built environment in Colombia's capital city. 

Monday, September 24, 2018 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Eliot Hall, 103
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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Anthropology Symposium


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