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Seminário “Exploring contradictory politics of displacement: São Paulo’s humanitarianism and occupy movements”
“Exploring contradictory politics of displacement: São Paulo’s humanitarianism and occupy movements”
Heike Drotbohm (Department of Anthropology and African Studies, Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz)
25 de maio de 2018, 15h
Sala C2.02 (Ed. II, ISCTE-IUL)
In the Brazilian megalopolis of São Paulo multiple types of poor and mobile populations share the need for shelter, legal protection and the access to social rights. Migrants and refugees, who currently reach the city in their search for a better place of living, have to interpret the city’s networks and institutions, their logics of differentiation as well as their own position vis-à-vis other vulnerable groups. In my talk I will concentrate on the notion of displacement, which is currently employed both in the field of humanitarian aid as well as by occupy movements, who put it at the center of their social, legal and public acts of resistance. As I intend to show, the term and its political implications prove to be contradictory for people who have experienced dispossession and are asked to join the fight against neoliberal modes of property.
Heike Drotbohm is Heisenberg Professor at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. She conducted fieldwork along the Atlantic rim, in Haiti, Cape Verde and in Brazil, and specialized on transnational social fields, including transformations of spiritual practices, kinship and care, the social impact of deportation and, most recently, humanitarian and solidarity movements.