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Rio de Janeiro, A Divided and Porous City

October 27, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Bruno Carvalho in a conversation about his book Porous City: A Cultural History of Rio de Janeiro.

During the 1990s Rio de Janeiro earned the epithet of ‘divided city’, an image underscored by the contrast between its upper-class buildings and nearby hillside ‘favelas.’ Drawing on a broad range of sources, Porous City argues that despite its inequalities, Rio de Janeiro’s culture has been shaped by a history of “porous” boundaries and multi-ethnic encounters. Focused on an area that played a crucial role in foundational narratives of Brazil as ‘the country of carnival’ and as a ‘racial democracy,’ the book revisits the city’s role in the making of national identities, as well as its significance to key global debates about urban modernity, inclusion, and segregation. Porous City: A Cultural History of Rio de Janeiro won the Brazilian Studies Association Roberto Reis Book Award in 2014.

Bruno Carvalho is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at Princeton University, and co-director of the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities. He has published widely on topics related to literature, film, architecture, cartography, city planning, race and racism, with emphasis on Brazil.


October 27, 2015
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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