Conference Cities and Citizenship in Latin America and the Caribbean, TU Delft, June 16-17 2016.


The Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (NALACS) and the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the Delft University of Technology, are pleased to announce the joint conference, ‘Cities and Citizenship in Contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean’ (BK, TU Delft, 16-17 June 2016. Address: Julianalaan 134, 2628BL, Delft, The Netherlands).

This 2-day conference will embrace a wide range of topics related to urban development and citizenship in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In their pioneering collection of essays Cities and Citizenship, Holston and Appadurai (1999) as well as other prominent scholars stressed the importance of cities in the making of modern citizens. At the end of the twentieth century, they demonstrated that urban environments are salient sites for examining the renegotiations of citizenship, democracy, and national belonging. This is arguably particularly the case in contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean, where cities seem to embody the aspirations of citizens and to showcase the best and the worse of their respective societies. It is here that we can observe major opportunities and threats to development, security and human rights, as well as major struggles for rights, inclusion and democracy

At this conference, over 50 specialized scholars will present papers that look at the relationship between urban development and practices of citizenship in Latin America and the Caribbean. We are also proud to have secured two great keynote speakers for our conference: Rivke Jaffe (University of Amsterdam) and Clara Irazábal (Columbia University). People interested in attending the conference as listeners are able to register at our website.

We are also organizing a film screening and comic exhibition that are both open to the general public. For more information, please visit our Facebook page at

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Track 1. Cities and violence

Cities as salient sites where violence and conflict develop and affect the lives of citizens.

Track 2. Cities and sustainable development

Cities as salient sites where (spatial) planning and (sustainable) development ideas are applied, and where grassroots and governments alternatingly clash or collaborate in order to simultaneously build cities and structures of citizenship.

Track 3. Cities and identity

Cities as salient sites where citizen’s identities and resistances are expressed and repressed.

Track 4. Open for discussion

Cities as salient sites for other themes related to urban life and urban development.


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