Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Spread the word!

Publicity is now all set. Please feel free to download and distribute the following program and poster!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Program!

We're excited to share with you the program for the São Paulo Symposium, which will take place in Classics 110 (1010 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637). Please note the corrections made on April 22.

Friday, May 10

2:30pm Opening remarks
Mauricio Tenorio, Director of the Center for Latin American Studies and Professor of History, University of Chicago

2:45pm Keynote Address
Heloisa Pontes, Anthropology, Universidade Estadual de Campinas: São Paulo, metrópole e produção cultural

3:45pm Opening Reception, sponsored by the Workshop on Latin America and the Caribbean

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

8:30am Light breakfast

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

10:30am Coffee break

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"       
Joseph 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

12:30pm Lunch, sponsored by the Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago

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

3:00pm Coffee break

3:15pm Contingent Imaginaries
Zeuler Lima, Architecture and Urban Design and History, Washington University in St. 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, Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Yale

5:00pm Coffee break

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

Monday, December 17, 2012

Proposals under review

Thank you to all who submitted paper abstracts.  We will review proposals over the next month and individually notify applicants of the results no later than January 31, 2013.

In the meantime, happy holidays!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Call For Papers (English and Portuguese)

South America’s largest city and the self-proclaimed “modern city” of Brazil, São Paulo is a dynamic site from which to (re)consider a variety of themes important to contemporary scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, and public policy.  This conference brings together disciplinary and regionally diverse scholars to present work that adds to historic, ethnographic, political, literary and artistic understandings of São Paulo as well as addresses how the study of the city reflects and/or challenges broader social, political, and theoretical currents.

Proposals may address the following topics: 

São Paulo within and without theoretical frameworks of the urban and the global
São Paulo's place in Latin American Cultural Studies
Shifting urban imaginaries and identities
Emergent economies, circulations, and social practices
Ideologies of modernity
Urban governance and unmanageability
Public/Private Implosions
Cultural policy and the urban quotidian
Aesthetic practices and symbolic economies in the city

Interested presenters should submit their name, institutional affiliation, and 250-word abstract in either English or Portuguese to by December 15, 2012.  Brazilian and other international scholars are highly encouraged to participate.


Maior cidade da América do Sul e auto-entitulada "a cidade moderna" do Brasil, São Paulo é um local dinâmico a partir do qual se permite a reconsideração de numerosos temas importantes para acadêmicos contemporâneos nas áreas humanas, de ciências sociais, e gestão pública. Este encontro pretende reunir acadêmicos de diversas áreas e regiões para apresentar trabalhos que acrescentem a compreensão histórica, etnográfica, política, literária e artística da capital de São Paulo, bem como trabalhos que abordem a questão de como o estudo de São Paulo reflete ou desafia correntes contemporâneas sociais, politicas e teóricas.

As propostas podem abordar os seguintes tópicos:

São Paulo dentro e fora de quadros teóricos do urbano e do global
O lugar de São Paulo em estudos culturais da América Latina
A transformação de imaginários e identidades urbanas
Economias emergentes, circulações e práticas sociais
Ideologias da modernidade
Governança urbana e descontrole
A implosão do público e privado
Políticas culturais e o cotidiano urbano
Práticas estéticas e economias simbólicas na cidade

Palestrantes interessados devem enviar seu nome, afiliação institucional e um resumo de 250 palavras em inglês ou em português para o endereço, antes de 15 de dezembro de 2012.  Solicitamos a participação de acadêmicos brasileiros e internacionais.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Welcome to the São Paulo Symposium

It is with great excitement that we launch the blog for the São Paulo Symposium, the official site for an interdisciplinary conference on the city of São Paulo, to be hosted at the University of Chicago May 10 and 11, 2013.  The idea for the symposium emerged out of conversations between three graduate students at the U of C  who were all doing fieldwork in and on the city of São Paulo.  Coming from different disciplines, each of our work benefited from learning about what the others were doing.  This conference is an expansion of those conversations, where we hope to widen the circle of São Paulo scholars and ask: what does the study of this city contribute and challenge to contemporary social, political, and theoretical currents?  Stay tuned as we send out the call for papers and let you know more about the conference, some of the presenters, and the organizers.